Describing microbiology as an exciting promise for the future, President Iajuddin Ahmed Tuesday urged the country's universities to give more emphasis on microbiology and incorporate it as a separate subject as it can contribute to agriculture, chemical, industries, pharmaceuticals, food and other fermentation, reports UNB.
Iajuddin Ahmed made the appeal while he was addressing the international conference on 'microbiology education and the prospect of Japanese collaboration in education and research' jointly oganised by Stamford University Bangladesh in association with some Japanese universities and institutes at a city hotel Tuesday.
He said: "In the context of the present-day world, microbiology is playing a vital role in ensuring well being of the mankind."
Minister for Education M Osman Farruk, State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon, Chairman of University Grants Commission M Asaduzzaman and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University SMA Faiz, among others, attended the conference as the special guests. Vice Chancellor and President of Stamford University MA Hannan Feroz presided over the function.
Iajuddin said it was learnt that 95 per cent of tiny organisms are beneficial to mankind and they are directly and indirectly providing people food, feed, chemicals, medicines and other lifesaving drugs.
"The latest works on recombinant DNA and gene-engineering have made microbiology an exciting promise for the future," he added.
He said the battle between microbes and man that has started at the pristine stage of human being is still continuing. Microbial drug resistance is one of the most serious problems, which the human race is facing today, he added.
The President further mentioned that knowledge about microbiology is not only essential but also very vital in examining foods and other edible product and ensuring safety and quality of foods.
He said microbiology education could provide vital remedy in reducing risk of being ignorantly infected or being vulnerable to deadly diseases.
A microbiological graduate knows how to exploit microorganism for the betterment of mankind, how to combat and control different diseases, he said.
The President hoped that the conference would be able to open a new window of opportunity to share ideas on different burning issues and bring together the scientists and experts of Japan and Bangladesh on issues of mutual interest.