Shamsul Alam, an Ekushey Padak-winning economist, was sworn in as the state minister for planning yesterday.

President Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to the new state minister at the Bangabhaban.

Liberation war affairs, law, home, agriculture, education, local government and planning ministers were present at the function.

Cabinet secretary conducted the ceremony.

Shamsul served as a member of General Economy Division (GED) at the Planning Commission since 2009 before retiring as a senior secretary.

He joined Bangladesh Agricultural University as a teacher in 1974 and continued teaching until 2009. He obtained honours and master’s degrees from the same university.

Born on January 1, 1951, at Matlab Uttar in Chandpur, Shamsul received his post-graduate degree from Bangladesh Agricultural University in 1973.

In 1983, he achieved a post-graduate degree in economics from Thammasat University, Bangkok, and obtained his PhD in the same subject from Newcastle University in 1991.

Shamsul received Ekushey Padak in 2020 for his contribution in the country’s economy.