Before joining the NDC, Lt Gen Ataul Hakim was the vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals
Lieutenant General Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan began working as the commandant of National Defence College (NDC) on 30 November 2020.
Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed adorned him with the rank of a lieutenant general in CAS Secretariat of Army Headquarters on the same day.
The quarter master general of Bangladesh Army and other senior officers of the Army Headquarters were present on the occasion, said a press release issued on Wednesday by Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR).
Before joining the NDC, Lt Gen Ataul Hakim was the vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals.
He is the pioneer in Bangladesh for introducing comprehensive learning management system, including remote proctoring and plagiarism checker of the world's highest standard for public universities.
He was commissioned in the Corps of Infantry on 21 December 1984.
He holds a PhD degree on security studies from Jahangirnagar University. He has obtained three master's degrees in Defence Studies from National University, and War Studies and Security Studies from Bangladesh University of Professionals.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College of Bangladesh and Brazil Staff College as well.
Lt Gen Ataul Hakim completed a Portuguese language course from Language Institute of Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil.
He completed Armed Forces War Course in 2004 and National Defence Course in 2013.
The general has a long and illustrious command experience at various echelons in the Army which includes commanding officer of an infantry battalion and commander of two infantry brigades.