"Unsung Hero" - Special programme about Dr Kal Karim who has made a substantive contribution to Bangladeshi society

In January 2017, Dr. Kal Karim won this year’s award for Services to Science and Engineering at The British Muslim Awards that celebrate the successes, achievements and contribution of Britain's Muslims to British society.  Kal was then invited by Iqra Bangla TV on a special programme called “Unsung Hero” about people who have made a substantive yet unrecognised contribution to Bangladeshi society. Kal spoke about what it means to be a British born Muslim Academic from a Bangladeshi heritage (Sylheti) and the interesting and challenging journey Kal have taken from his humble background growing up in Cambridge in the 1970s and 80s where was very little encouragement or opportunity for students with his background to go to university let alone study science and how Kal became an internationally recognised academic in his field. Kal spoke about his family, education and his travels as an academic and the different teaching and learning styles that make us better educators and how that impacts on the quality of our teaching and on students and their careers. Kal also discussed his passion for education and spreading knowledge in Science and Engineering and this was a fantastic platform to inspire students by acting as a positive role model and encouraging them to understand that they can overcome historical and social barriers that our communities face through hard work and dedication that can benefit them and future generations.

A copy of the interview can be found here on youtube:



IQRA Bangla aims to give a positive input to British society and uplift the standards of deprived and under privileged pockets of the community. The Channel hopes to be a means of mutual dialogue between societies and people of different faiths and aim to remove any misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in Britain and Europe and assist communities to be good citizens of the country.

IQRA Bangla is an Educational wing of Al-Khair which also operates a Primary & Secondary School for Boys and Girls in the UK and oversees, teaching the National Curriculum Education within an Islamic framework. Al-Khair Foundation is an International relief and humanitarian organisation, working and assisting victims of world disasters without any discrimination of religion, language, gender or ethnic background.

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