Highlighting several initiatives taken by the government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged rich persons to come forward for expansion of country’s education.
The premier made the urge while addressing Kazi Mahbub Ullah Smrity Padak distribution ceremony at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in city’s Segun Bagicha area on Saturday (January 16).
Citing the country cannot be built without well-educated nation, the Prime Minister said that Bangladesh will be built with the spirit of secularism.
Elaborating the government’s various initiatives to eradicate illiteracy, the Premier said, ‘The literacy rate was only 45 percent in 1996. After assuming in power we have increased the rate rapidly. We are working to eradicate illiteracy from each district. Within a short time in 1998, we were able to increase the literacy rate’.
Mentioning the negligence of previous governments in allocating fund for research, Sheikh Hasina said that after coming to power in 1996, there was no fund for research.
But development of any country is not possible without research, she added.
According to the PM, they have boosted the allocation for research.
Professor AK Azad Chowdhury, professor Hasina Khan, writer Anisul Hoque and Bangladesh National Cricket Team captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza were among the awardees.