Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is underscoring diversification in the education for time-befitting, job-oriented and science-based education for all.
"We have been working relentlessly for diversification in the education to ensure time-befitting job-oriented and science-based education for all to keep pace with the modern world," she said while inaugurating the admission process of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU), Gopalganj at her official Gono Bhaban residence.
Mentioning that no nation can prosper without education, she said the present government has been making allout efforts to build a country free from poverty and illiteracy as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Without education no nation can stand keeping its head high, while an educated country can present a developed nation," she said.
Hasina said the aim of the government is to improve quality of education and ensure higher education for all. In this connection, she said the government has constituted a Tk 1000 crore trust fund to make easy access to higher education.
"Poor and meritorious students will be provided scholarships from this fund for higher education," she said.
She called upon the well-off people of the society to come forward for the development and expansion of education and said tax waiving facilities would be given to those who contribute to the development of education.
She said there is no scope for frustration of the students for admission to the higher education as the government has taken steps so that all students get facilities of enrollment to the higher educational institutions.
Hasina said the previous Awami League government enacted a law for establishment of 12 public universities. Of them, she said, academic activities of four universities have already begun.
About 'Digital Bangladesh' programme, she said a silent revolution of digitalisation has taken place in different sectors including admission to educational institutions, banking, tender and bill payments of different utility services.
Hasina blamed the BNP-Jamaat alliance government and the subsequent caretaker government for their failure to develop the education sector. She said her government wants to ensure balanced development of the country in all the sectors including education.
She deplored the fact that the southern region of the country, particularly Gopalganj, remained deprived of higher education facilities for a long time and hoped that with the setting up of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, the country will move a step forward in ensuring a balanced education system.
Referring to the establishment of union information service centres (UISCs) across the country, she said the centres have empowered people by ensuring their easy access to all the necessary information.
Later, the PM inaugurated the admission process of the university through mobile phone SMS.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Adviser to Prime Minister Syed Modasser Ali, Chairman of University Grants Commission Prof AK Azad Chowdhury and BSMRSTU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khairul Alam Khan also spoke on the occasion.
Lawmaker Nur-e-Alam Liton Chowdhury and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad were present at the function moderated by Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury.
The vice chancellor said candidates could submit their applications to four faculties of BSMRSTU till October 12 through SMS using Teletalk mobile phone.