Early life and career
Barua started his career as a lecturer at Rangunia College and later as the founding principal at Hasina Jamal Degree College. He then joined University of Dhaka as a professor of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies.
Barua served as the secretary general of “Religions for Peace Bangladesh” and is a member of the central committee of the “Asian Conference of Religions for Peace”. He was also the president of the Gurudwara Management Committee Bangladesh and Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, vice-president of the Bangladesh Interreligious Writers and Journalists Association, and the Bangladesh chapter of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace.
Barua has a daughter, Sanghamitra Barua Manosi. She introduced Sukomal Barua Gold Medal at the University of Dhaka