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PM urges simplifying scientific terms in Bangla

Bangladesh must pursue tech-based education, says PM

Update : 23 Feb 2022, 11:51 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday called for simplifying the use of scientific terminology in Bangla to attract more students to study science. 

"I think that no nation can step forward without flourishing of the science-based education," she said while inaugurating a four-day program at the International Mother Language Institute at Shegunbagicha marking the International Mother Language Day. 

She said that Bangladesh has to go with science and the country can't reverse its wheels. 

"We have to pursue technological education. We can't advance without it," she said. 

Sheikh Hasina said that science-based education, science-based research and the knowledge based on the research must be used for the welfare of the people and that is the most important matter. 

"Research in every sector, including health, education, science and even in industry is of utmost importance," she said. 

Regarding the uses of scientific terminology, she said that use of a tough terminology in Bangla of a scientific word might not be understandable for all. 

The premier said that using tough terminology could bring non-understandable situation and that should be avoided. 

"I do not believe in using terminology or translation everywhere," she said. 

She said that in science, there are many words inducted from many languages including English, French and many others. 

She also said that there are about 8,000 foreign words inducted into Bangla. 

"We should not be so much conservative in this regard, the commonly used scientific terms can be used in Bangla for easy learning of science," she opined. 

Sheikh Hasina said that to transform the country from developing to developed, practice and research in all subjects including language, literature, culture and science is urgently needed. 

"Keeping eyes on that we are trying to do our works," she said. 

Focusing on the history of the Language Movement, she said the movement for mother language began much earlier than 1952. 

At the proposal of Bangabandhu, she said, the State Language Action Council was formed comprising Chhatra League, Tamuddin Majlish and other student organizations in 1948. 

Education Minister Dipu Moni, Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and Head of the Office and UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh Beatrice Kaldun spoke, among others, on the occasion. 

At the outset of the program, a minute silence was observed to show respect to the language movement heroes for their sacrifice. 

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