President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged the affluent section of society to invest in various scholarly research works as it will play a very significant role in boosting the overall economy of the country, reports UNB.
“Our aim is to build a terrorism, hunger, poverty, superstition and illiteracy-free modern, technology-based and progressive Bangladesh. Experts, scholars and the new generation have to come forward to achieve the goal,” he said.The President was addressing the 17th biennial council of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here in the afternoon.
He also put emphasis on giving more attention to development-based research works to compete the global competition successfully in the threshold of the 21th century.
“Enhance the research areas of Asiatic Society. Inspire the young researchers for the overall national development,” he said.
President Hamid urged scientists, researchers, scholars and intellectuals to highlight Bangladesh History, heritage, culture and other outstanding achievements both at home and abroad through their research works and writings.
He urged the scholars of the Asiatic Society as a centre of excellence to bring changes in their mindsets and come out from their own prejudiced areas of thinking and stand beside the common people as they are the driving force of the national economy.
“The happiness and sorrow as well as hopes and aspirations of the general people should be reflected on your writings, and utmost priority must be given to the national interest as well,” President Hamid added.On the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ concept, the President asked the scientists, engineers, private institutions and entrepreneurs to ensure the optimum use of the own technologies to reach digital advantages at mass people’s doorsteps.
The present government is continuing its relentless efforts by the multiple uses of science and technologies to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and establish it as a hunger and poverty-free ‘Digital Bangladesh’, he said.
Society President Prof Dr Amirul Islam Chowdhury and Secretary Dr Sabbir Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.
Country’s eminent intellectuals, academics, fellow members, councillors of the 17th biennial council and secretaries concerned to the President were also present.
Earlier, the President inaugurated Asiatic Society’s Digitalised Library and Heritage Museum.