May 24, 2016 - 4:59pm
The first female vice-chancellor of Bangladesh’s top engineering university, BUET, has died.
Bangladesh Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneen told bdnews24.com that Prof Khaleda Ekram breathed her last early on Tuesday morning in Bangkok.
The 66-year old professor was suffering from “non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a kind of cancer, and other related medical complications”.
For the last 10 days she was battling for life at the Bangkok General Hospital.
She died at around 3am.
The embassy in a statement said they were completing all formalities before sending the body to Dhaka by Bangladesh Biman flight on Wednesday.
The ambassador, who is a former student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), has been taking care of her treatment “personally”.
She recalled the professor was a “highly qualified and very dynamic” teacher.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had earlier granted Tk 2 million from her ‘Special Fund’ to support the treatment, according to the embassy.
Her condition was deteriorating fast and she was flown to Bangkok from Dhaka in a critical condition by emergency air ambulance early on May 14, the embassy said.