DHAKA, Mar 4 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged engineers, technologists and scientists to come forward for further development of the country and people through scientific utilization of limited resources.
Sheikh Hasina also called for creating more skilled manpower in the country's information technology sector to turn the huge population into human resources.
"We believe there is no big asset than the skilled human resources," she said while inaugurating the newly constructed 12-storey building of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) this morning.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was the special guest at the function chaired by Vice Chancellor of BUET Prof S M Nazrul Islam.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor M Habibur Rahman and Dean of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Satya Prasad Majumder also spoke on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said in the present century, knowledge would be the main capital, and there is no alternative to information technology for economic development.
She hoped that technology-based uplift would take Bangladesh to the highest peak of development.
Sheikh Hasina said the unprecedented development in the IT sector has opened up a new era in the uplift of the world and her government is implementing various programmes for building Digital Bangladesh.
Laying emphasis on grooming the young talents of the country as competitive human resource, she said the BUET has to play a pioneering role in this regard.
The Prime Minister said the present government is pledge-bound to take any step for flourishing and developing the engineering education by making its use time-befitting.
"New engineering universities have been set up for expanding
engineering and technological education," she said.
She said regular innovation and application of new technologies are turning human civilization into the most developed level from developed level.
Sheikh Hasina said the present government has identified education as the national priority sector and is implementing various programmes for expanding education and making it available to all.
She said the government has already increased allocation to strengthen research and development in the fields of science and technology.
"Twelve science and technology universities have been established side by side with introducing vocational courses in 1800 schools across the country," she said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the government is implementing development plan and programme in such a way that the country could be turned into a prosperous, dignified and self-reliant nation by 2021.
She said the farsighted and realistic programmes of her government have already turned Bangladesh into a potential country enhancing its image abroad.
"We want to take this potentiality to a certain goal. Our aim is to turn Bangladesh into a prosperous and dignified nation before the golden jubilee of independence in 2021," she added.
Sheikh Hasina recognized the contribution of BUET in various achievements of the government in building Digital Bangladesh so far.
The Prime Minister said the BUET has added new dimension to the election process by innovating electronic voting machines (EVMs) for casting and counting votes.
In this connection, she urged the engineers for further development of EVM so that the people have no doubt in casting their votes to the right candidate.
The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the engineers, architects and planners who obtained degrees from the BUET would focus on innovating technologies suitable and sustainable for the
"You know that an epoch-making device and product have developed with the coordination of 'digital Ges Nano technology' in different countries of Asia," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the changes made due to such innovation have been called as 'the biggest event in technology for the next 10 years'.
"You will have to lead to take Bangladesh to the race of this technology side by side with public and private partnership for overall development of the country," she added.
Listing various programmes taken by the present government for expansion and development of engineering and vocational education, she said her government has provided computers to secondary schools across the country.
The work on setting up hi-tech park, IT villages and biotechnology institute is going on. "We have also taken project to launch the country's first satellite named Bangabandhu Jogajog-1," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the present government after assuming office marching the nation ahead according to specific guideline in the light of ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"We want to strengthen democratic system side by side with ensuring the people's empowerment and their voting rights," she said.
The Prime Minister also called upon the engineers to remain vigil about the conspiracies being hatched to foil the trial of war criminals.
"The anti-liberation forces and the killers of 1975 are engaged in a deep-rooted plot to foil the trial of 1971 culprits side by side with hindering the development of the country," she said.
Later, the Prime Minister inaugurated the newly built 12- storey building named Electrical and Computer Engineering Bhaban.
She also laid the foundation stone of Kazi Conference Centre on the BUET campus. The centre would be constructed at a cost of Taka 14 crore at the donation of BUET alumni Architect Kazi Jahedul Hasan and Dr Parvin Hasan.