Dhaka, Jan 16: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that only education can help to establish a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh.
She also sought wealthy people to extend hands in flouring further education in the country saying was also crucial to fight superstition and myopic attitude among people alongside religious extremism and militancy.
Building a poverty-free Bangladesh was an impossible idea discarding education, the prime minister said while addressing the Kazi Mahboobullah Award distribution function 2015 at the National Theatre at Shilpakala Academy, adding “only education could establish a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.
“I would like to urge the affluent section (of society) to look at their own villages and extend their helping hands so that our poor and meritorious students could pursue higher education, go abroad and further shine the country’s image by obtaining higher degrees and contributing to the overall development,” she said.
She added: “The light of education from such initiatives would (also) help create mass awareness against all sorts of superstition, prejudice and religious extremism and militancy.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present at the function as the special guest, while Chairman of the trust Zobaida M Latif presided over it.
Eminent litterateur Selina Hossain addressed the function as the main speaker while donor member of the trust Begum Nilufar Zafarullah delivered the welcome address and read out a report on the activities of the trust.
Emeritus Professor and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr AK Azad Chowdhury and Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University Professor Dr Khondakar Nasiruddin spoke on behalf of recipients of the award and the scholarship respectively.
Four distinguished personalities were honoured with the Kazi Mahboobullah Award 2015 for their outstanding contribution to their respective fields.
They are Anisul Haque (literature and journalism), Professor Dr Hasina Khan (science), Mashrafe Bin Martuza (sports) and Professor Dr AK Azad Chowdhury (lifetime achievement).
On behalf of Mashrafe, his father Mostafa Martuza received the award as Mashrafe was in Khulna to play a cricket match against the touring Zimbabwe side.
The award carries a cheque for Taka one lakh, a crest, a citation and an “Uttaria”.
Begum Zebunnesa and Kazi Mahboobullah Jana Kalyan Trust introduced the award in 1978.