The authorities concerned must prioritize this nurturing of interest in science
Congratulations to the three Bangladeshi scientists -- Zeba Islam Seraj, Rubhana Raqib, and AA Mamun -- who have been nominated as fellows of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), which is a hub for a global network of scientists and organizations working to advance science in the developing world.
What has been particularly impressive is that the three nominees are the third-most from any nation, trailing only China and Brazil.
While this is indeed very encouraging news, this nurturing of scientists must become the norm for Bangladesh. After all, Bangladesh is at a crucial juncture in its development journey, and as such, if it is to continue this upward trajectory, a vital component will be for the continued investment in science and scientific research.
While Digital Bangladesh has long been seen as a guiding mantra as we move into the future, now is the time for us to think beyond simply being digital, and utilize the scientific minds and ideas that are in our country to their full potential.
Bangladesh has never lacked the talent, nor have Bangladeshis lacked the drive to excel; often, it has been a lack of support, facilities, and initiative that have held back those that harbour such ambition. The authorities concerned must look into this, and prioritize this nurturing of interest in science.
To that end, there is hope that more and more scientists are identified and recognized in the country, and that this is just the start of Bangladesh’s increased focus towards science, where a culture of inquisitiveness that permeates the entire country can be established, enabling us to reach our goals, while being ready for any challenge that comes our way in the future.