Of the total estimated cost, Tk6,751.66 crore will come from the national exchequer, he said. Tk528.90 will come as project assistance and Tk258.57 crore from the personal funds of the organizations concerned
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Sunday approved nine projects worth an estimated cost of Tk7,539 crore, including a Tk2,511 crore project for expansion of science education in some 200 government colleges across the country.
The approval was given in an Ecnec meeting chaired by Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the NEC conference room, reports UNB.
While briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said: "Today, a total of nine projects were approved which will have an overall cost of Tk7,539."
Of the total estimated cost, Tk6,751.66 crore will come from the national exchequer, he said. Tk528.90 will come as project assistance and Tk258.57 crore from the personal funds of the organizations concerned.
Of the projects, eight are new while another is a revised one.
The biggest project, in terms of project, is "Expansion of Science Education's Scope in Government Colleges Project" involving Tk2,511.51 crore. The entire cost will come from government funds.
The planning minister said the Secondary and Higher Education Division, under the Education Ministry, will implement the project by June 2021.
The project's goals are to extend infrastructures, expand scope for ICT and science research, and enhance teachers' skills. The project will be implemented with a view to expand scope for science education.
The students and youth of this country are showing declining interest towards science education, the planning minister said, even though science and technology are indispensable at current times.
According to data provided by Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics, during the period from 1990-2013, students in science education at the higher secondary level declined by 11.12%, compared to arts and business studies.
In this context, the project was approved with an aim to increase infrastructural facilities in some 200 government colleges.
The main project operations include construction of one six-storey academic building in some 176 government colleges having rooms for teachers, classrooms, IT lab cum language rooms, multipurpose halls, common rooms, restrooms.
It also includes upward extension of the existing academic buildings in some 18 colleges alongside renovation of academic buildings in six colleges, construction of 164-seat male and female hostels in some 47 colleges, and providing ICT equipment, furniture and office equipment to some 200 government colleges and 47 hostels.
The other projects are "Construction of Chittagong Hill Tracts Complex at Bailey Road in Dhaka (1st revised) Project" worth an estimated cost of Tk194.43 crore, "Collection of 35 commercial and eight supportive water vessels for BIWTC and Construction of two new slip ways" worth Tk1,319.71 crore, "Establishment and Commissioning of Optical Fibre Based Telecommunications in 575km secondary line of Bangladesh Railways" with Tk68.72 crore, and "Preparation of Master plan and Development of Basic Infrastructures in Upazila Towns (non-municipal)" with Tk1,380 crore.
The projects also include "Development of Physical Infrastructures (Roads and Drains) of Gazipur City Corporation' worth Tk660.80 crore, "Construction of Residences for Cleaning Workers under Chattogram City Corporation" worth Tk231.43 crore, "Enhancing Tolerance of destitute community (Provati) by Development of Infrastructural skills and Information" worth Tk757.68 crore, and "Installation of 5 lakh smart pre-paid metres in the areas under Northern Electricity Supply Company" worth Tk414.83 crore.