Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday said the government has given utmost importance to education, research and scientific and technological studies to achieve the particular development goals of country.
"We have a target to make Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021 through eradicating poverty and a developed one by 2041. If we want to make it true we mostly need to increase the use of technology, boost up research and scientific practice in everyday life," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while distributing Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and research donations among the students and researchers for 2016-2017 sessions at a function as Osmani Memorial hall in Dhaka, reports BSS.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has already given importance on studies on bio-technological science, medical science, environmental science, engineering and applied science, physical science and food production.
"We are fourth in producing sweet-water fishes, and we are going ahead in producing other food items like meat and edible seeds, which didn't happen without any support. Our support for research and scientific studies has contributed to make this happen," she added.
Hasina said a country cannot progress without its development in the area of science and technology. To promote the scientific studies and researches, her government after taking office in 1996, allocated fund to conduct scientific research and studies, which remained completely suspended during post-1975 period.
The PM said Bangladesh is now stepping into the atomic era and the country needs huge number of people with scientific background in the particular sector.
'We have started the process and in the coming days our future generation would operate it," she said adding that the government has also use nanotechnology in medical services and other areas.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the recipients of fellowships and donations would devote them in carrying out their research work more intensively and attentively so that they can give result of their research to the nation.
Minister for Science and Technology Yafez Osman presided over the function while chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Science and Technology Dr Ruhal Haq spoke among others on the occasion while secretary of the ministry Sirajul Haque Khan gave welcome address.
This year a total of 1,702 students were given the Bangabandhu Fellowship, NST Fellowship and research donations for their post graduate studies in science and technology at home and abroad.