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PM urges new generation to practice, pursue more study on science

B-BARTA, DHAKA, April 20, 2014 - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the students and new generation to practice and pursue more study on science to build a hunger and

poverty-free Bangladesh.
"I would like to tell the students community and the new generation to pursue more study as well as practice and carry out
research on science as those are essential for building a hunger
and poverty-free Bangladesh," she said.
The Prime Minister also sought all out cooperation of all
including scientists, researchers and IT experts to build
Bangladesh as a dignified nation on the world stage by keeping
its head high.
"Without your support and cooperation, it is not possible to
take the country ahead further. The country feels your necessity
in every sphere..you could make invaluable contribution to the
country's development further by practicing more on science and
carrying out research," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Gold Medal
Award Ceremony 2014 of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) at
Osmani Memorial Hall here this morning.
State Minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh
Osman was the special guest at the function. BAS President
Professor Dr Mesbahuddin Ahmad delivered the welcome address,
while BAS Secretary Professor Dr Mejbahuddin Ahmed gave vote of
thanks.
Immediate past BAS secretary Professor Dr Naiyuum Choudhury
read out the citation of the awardees.
At the function, 22 young and senior scientists were given
gold medals for their special contribution to different fields of
science.
Sheikh Hasina said there is no dearth of merit in our
country and the Bangalees are showing their talent and ability at
various parts of the world. "Even our farmers are scientists as
they produce crops by encountering various hostile environments,"
she said.
The Prime Minister said her government has been providing
assistance in practising science from its limited resources.
"This support would continue and I and my government remain
beside you and would stay in future," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the aim of her government is to build a
hunger and poverty-free middle income country by 2021, the golden
jubilee of independence. "We want to see Bangladesh as one of the
developed countries in the world by 2041," she said.
The Prime Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had dreamt of an exploitation and
deprivation- free state, where fundamental rights of the people
including food, clothes, healthcare and education will be
ensured.
"To materialize his dream, there is no alternative to
science and technology," she said, adding that the lot of the
common people could be changed through successful application of
science and technology.
Stressing the need for carrying out massive research on
science, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh has already witnessed
stunning success in research thanks to her government
patronization in this field. "Achieving food autarky is a
manifestation of a success of this research," she said.
She mentioned that there was no allocation in the field of
research when her government in 1996 assumed office. "It was the
Awami League government which made block allocation to research,"
she said.
Listing various steps of her government to encourage the
scientists to conduct research, Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu
Fellowship and ICT Fellowship and grants are being provided to
them to carry out research in the fields of science and IT.
"This initiative was undertaken first in 1999 to create
skilled scientists, IT experts and researchers. But BNP-Jamaat
alliance government stopped this programme," she said.
The Prime Minister said her previous government after
assuming office reintroduced the programme and gave Bangabandhu
Fellowships to 196 persons.
Besides, she said, fellowships were given to another 3,000
persons for research in science and conducting other activities.
Mentioning that her government has given the topmost priority
to science and IT education, Sheikh Hasina said the students are
being provided IT education from the school level.
She said her government during its 1996-2001 tenure
established 11 science and technology universities and set up
seven universities during its last term so that the students are
encouraged in pursuing science education.
"I am not a scientist, I was student of literature. But I
understand the importance of science and I learned it from
Bangabandhu," she said.
Later, the Prime Minister exchanged greetings with the
scientists and researchers who were present at the function.

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