KHULNA, Mar 16 (UNB): President Iajuddin Ahmed Thursday said emphasis needs to be given on science and technology-based education and research so that Bangladesh could achieve rapid progress.
"We need to understand that technical education can open up greater opportunities for us," he said while addressing the first-ever convocation of the Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) Thursday.
The President, also the KUET Chancellor, said backwardness in science and technology and slow pace in research works are among the reasons why the underdeveloped countries lag behind.
Referring to the contributions of science and technology, Iajuddin said the developed countries have brought about unprecedented changes in their lifestyle by making the best use of science, research and modern technologies.
"We are now living in the 21st century and the policy of this century is the 'Survival of the Fittest'. So, there is no alternative to skill for survival in this competitive world," Iajuddin told the function.
"We have to move ahead in this competitive world by utilising science and inventing appropriate technologies through researches," said Iajuddin.
He lauded the KUET for taking well thought-out scientific and pragmatic education programmes since its inception.
The President expressed the hope that the KUET would be able to contribute to our national progress through creating skilled human resources.
Iajuddin also hoped the graduates of this university would be able to play their due role in the country's development.
Education Minister M Osman Farruk was also present on the occasion.
Some 820 students received degree certificates while 16 post-graduate certificates in the convocation held after the Khulna BIT was upgraded into a full-fledged university on Sept 1, 2003.
Of the recipients, 11 students received gold medals.