Sheikh Hasina said this will build the next generation
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that spending money on the education sector is a great investment in the future—not an expense.
"I never see spending money on education as an expense, I think it is an investment," the prime minister said on Wednesday.
She made the statement while distributing “The Prime Minister Gold Medal Award” at a ceremony arranged by the University Grants Commission (UGC) at the Prime Minister's Office.
Stating that public universities are statutory bodies, she said: “More than 90% of their expenditures – no, not 90% – in fact, 100% of expenditures are borne by the government."
Sheikh Hasina said spending money on education means one is building the future generation—which will realize Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of a “Golden Bengal.”
She said the students will help continue Bangladesh's march forward—initiated by the government, reports UNB.
"Make sure the country never steps back," the prime minister added.
The program was presided over by UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education Md Sohorab Hossain, and Member of UGC Prof Dr Dil Afroza Begum, amongothers, spoke at the event.
Israt Jahan Pia, of Jagannath University and Sajan Dhar of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, spoke on behalf of the medal recipients.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina handed gold medals to the 163 students, of different public and private universities, for achieving the highest marks/CGPA in their respective faculties.
The Prime Minister Gold Medal was introduced in 2005—in a bid to encourage talented university students.
Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, national professors, former UGC chairmen, secretaries of different ministries, UGC members, vice-chancellors from public and private universities, academics, high officials from the Prime Minister's Office and UGC, as well as parents and guardians of the awardees, were present at the occasion.