Stressing that the most important thing for Bangladesh now is science, technology and research, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the researchers and students to work hard to make the proper use of the financial grants and fellowships awarded to them from taxpayers' money.
“Due to resource constraints, allocation of funds in various sectors is being made on priority basis...I'll urge the researchers and students...to achieve the desired goal,” she told a ceremony in the capital's Osmani Memorial Auditorium where she distributed cheques of Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science & Technology Fellowship and financial grants to 10 recipients.
State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman presided over the function organised by his ministry.
The prime minister announced that her government was considering relaxing the age limit of the researchers engaged in specific researches so that they could complete their works. "But, we won't do it on a wholesale basis…then all would turn researchers," she said.
Hasina said "Bangabandhu Fellowship on Science and ICT Project" was being implemented at a cost of Tk 86 crore to build a science-based nation and create scientists with skilled and special qualifications, technologists and researchers at national level.
Besides, "National Science and Technology Fellowships" are being given to students and researchers for conducting MPhil, PhD and post-doctoral research.
The premier said initiatives had been taken to turn Bangladesh into a digital one before 2021 while a process had begun to set the country's first satellite "Bangabandhu Satellite" in space.