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PM for allocating more funds for vocational, technical training

  • Published at 03:03 pm February 16th, 2020
Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the 6th Advisory Council Members’ Meeting of Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust at her office on Sunday, February 16, 2020 PID

Since 2013, some Tk550.9 crore has already been distributed among the poor talented students as stipend and financial assistance

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasized on allocating more fund for technical and vocational training from the Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust to develop a skilled and efficient generation.

"Skilled and efficient youths can be entrepreneurs instead of running after jobs. We should change the mindset to run after for jobs," she said at the 6th Advisory Council Members’ Meeting of Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust at her office on Sunday.

Sheikh Hasina, also chief patron of the advisory council, said the government formed the trust to give educational assistance to talented but poor students, reports UNB.

Stressing the need for updating information on stipends, she directed the authorities to give responsibilities to this end upon the officials of the concerned ministry.

She also gave her consent to a proposal of allocating Tk5 crore more as seed money for financial assistance to MPhil and PhD students. The government earlier gave Tk5 crore to this end. With the new money the amount will be Tk10 crore.

The prime minister, irked with excessive number of students in classrooms, asked the authorities to take effective measures in allowing students to get admitted in the educational institutions in accordance with their seat capacity.

Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust was constituted in 2012 with Tk1,000 crore as seed money aimed at providing scholarships to poor and meritorious students.

Since 2013, some Tk550.9 crore has already been distributed among the poor talented students as stipend and financial assistance.

The trust has decided to distribute over Tk111.4 crore among 2,09,600 poor students of the private educational institutions this year.

Advisory council members of the trust, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Planning Minister MA Mannan and State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mohammad Zakir Hossen were present.

Deputy Education Minister Barrister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Finance Secretary Abdur Rouf Talukder, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah,  Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, University Grants Commission Chairman Kazi Shahidullah, Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) chairman Nazrul Islam Mazumder, among others were present on the occasion.

Additional Secretary Nasrin Afroz, also the managing director of the trust made a brief presentation on the overall activities of the trust and its future plan.