He served as the vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka from 1992 to 1996. He later moved to Chapai Nawabganj District in Bangladesh with his family. Ahamed received his early education in Rajshahi.
He got his bachelor"s degree from Rajshahi College.
He then joined the civil service as a lecturer of government college. He became the principal of the college.
In the mid 1970s he was granted a scholarship by the Queen"s University in Ontario, Canada. He received a Doctor of Philosophy for his research in political science.
He later became a professor
He wrote numerous books on national politics. He served two terms as the pro-vice chancellor before becoming the vice chancellor of Dhaka University in 1992. He retired in 1996. He became the vice-chancellor of the University of Development Alternative in 2002.
He also works with the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
Upon returning to Bangladesh, Ahamed joined the University of Dhaka as a senior lecturer of the Department of Political Science. He started writing about his research and reviews of the general politics of the country.