Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The people of Bangladesh can never lag behind. They only need opportunity for development.”
She said this while distributing cehques among the post-graduate students and researchers under Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and donation for research on Wednesday noon.
Ministry of Science and Technology arranged the ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here in the capital.
Stressing the need for conducting more research, the premier said, “We would have to conduct more researches in every sector particularly on the potential ones to make our development sustainable.”
The premier asked the researchers to find out the most potential sectors and sites for research in where more investment requires, keeping the country’s climate, soil and water in mind to expedite its development.
She also put emphasis on giving special importance on science and technology in carrying out researches, saying, “We would have to step forward in every sectors through doing research.”
To give the economic development and GDP growth a strong and sustainable footing, she said more research is necessary on marine science as the sector is highly potential for economy while Bangladesh has achieved vast maritime area through legal battle.
The premier also put stresses on conducting more research on space as Bangladesh could send its own developed satellite to orbit, saying that Bangladesh has already sent Bangabandhu-1 Satellite to space.
Mentioning that a country cannot progress ignoring scientific research, she said Bangladesh’s food autarky was the results of research.
She said her government after coming to power in 1996 allocated budgetary fund for the first time aimed at giving scholarship to post-graduate students for studies and research in various fields. But the next BNP-Jamaat government suspended scholarships of many students forcing them to leave their studies in the midway, she added.
“I hope that such situation will not happen again in future as we made the government financed project into a Bangabandhu Trust and accumulated ample fund so that the fellowship programme can be continued even if we were not in power,” the prime minister mentioned.
The prime minister sought cooperation from all including researchers to build a prosperous country.
risingbd/Dhaka/April 10, 2019/Hasan/AI