Find ways to maintain growth: PM to researchers

Dhaka: Scientists and researchers have responsibilities to find out sustainable ways to maintain Bangladesh’s current economic and GDP growth, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Wednesday.

‘We’ve to sustain our economic growth [and] only research can give us that solution,’ she told a programme for distributing Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship, National Science and Technology Fellowship and cheques of the grants for special research, reports the UNB.

‘We’ve formulated National Science and Technology Policy 2011 so that we can sustain our economic and GDP growth,’ she said at the event organised by Science and Technology Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.

Minister Yafesh Osman was in the chair while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology Ministry Dr Ruhal Haque spoke at the programme as the special guest. Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain delivered the welcome speech.

Sheikh Hasina said scientists and searchers have huge responsibilities towards the nation. ‘You’ll discharge your duties [properly] … so that future generations can take the country forward. Let no evil force play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people of Bangladesh,’ she said.

The Prime Minister mentioned that the government is formulating National ICT policy 2018 to ensure the use of science and technology in every sphere of life. Research works are being emphasised for that reason.

She said Bangladesh has gained a huge maritime area and research is essential to explore the potentials from this maritime boundary.

‘We’ve already set up an institute in Cox’s Bazar while studies are being conducted at Dhaka and Chittagong universities. We need large-scale research,’ she said.

‘Won’t lag behind’

The Prime Minister said the country needs more scientists, technologists and researchers.

She mentioned that the government had awarded fellowships to 13,713 persons worth Tk 84.64 crore from 2009-10 to 2017-18 fiscal. ‘We’re providing fellowships worth Tk 17.68 crore in the current fiscal,’ she said.