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Bangladesh: PM Stresses Science, Technology-Based Education
Source: unbconnect.com
Source Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Bangladesh
Created: Jan 21, 2013

Gopalganj, Jan 19 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said her government has put emphasis on science- and technology-based education to cope with the fast-changing developed world.

“It’s not possible to take the country forward without having proper knowledge on science and technology. That’s why we’ve laid emphasis on vocational and science– technology-based education,” she said.

The premier was inaugurating the academic building of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University and several under-construction infrastructures on the university campus.

Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, chairman of Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof AK Azad Chowdhury and Dean of Social Sciences Faculty of the university Prof Dilip Kumar Nath, among others, spoke at the function held with Vice Chancellor of the university Prof M Khairul Alam Khan in the chair.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan and PM's adviser Dr Syed Modasser Ali were present.

The previous Awami League government laid the foundation of the university along with 12 others across the country in 2001. But work on the university remained suspended during the tenure of the past BNP-led alliance government.

Assuming office in 2009, the present Awami League government resumed work on the university. Academic activities at the university began from the 2011-2012 academic year with 160 students enrolling in six departments, officials said.

In the academic year 2012-2013, a total of 520 students got admitted to 11 departments, they said.

The Prime Minister handed over the keys of transports of the university to its authorities urging them to make it an institution of international standard. “This place is the birthplace of the Father of the Nation. So, you have to maintain the international standard,” she said.

She mentioned that with the establishment of the university, the students of the area can now pursue higher education without going far away. She also said the government had set up several other universities in different parts of the country for the same purpose.

Hasina also said the main aim of the government is to provide better services to people, and the government is working to that end.

While inaugurating the regional office of Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation, the premier requested the Finance Minister to take steps to provide house building loan to the people residing outside Dhaka at a lower rate. “The lower income group people would be benefited if the loan is provided for them with 2-3 slots,” she said.

After the country’s independence, Hasina said, Bangabandhu first inaugurated the regional office of the House Building Finance Corporation here in 1973. But after the assassination of the Father of the Nation, the subsequent government shut it down in December 1, 1975.

“Now, we’ve resumed the activities of the office after 37 years,” she said.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated Gopalganj regional passport office and laid the foundation stone of the Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Complex building before returning to Dhaka.
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