Exim Bank Agriculture University, the country’s first private agriculture university in Chapainawabganj, started its journey yesterday creating new scopes for the students interested in higher education on agriculture.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the university through a function at her official residence Ganobhaban in the morning, reports UNB.
Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said her government has put emphasis on research to increase food production. “There’s no alternative to boosting food production as its demand is surging day by day due to the country’s growing population,” she was quoted as saying by her Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad.
Hasina said her government has set up a number of agri-universities in the country to attract students to agriculture education.
She thanked the authorities concerned for setting up Exim Bank Agriculture University in northern Chapainawabganj district.
Chairman of the Exim Bank Agriculture University and Chairman of Exim Bank Md Nazrul Islam Mazumder delivered the welcome address.
Hasina said her previous government from 1996 to 2001 had given importance to research. But, its continuity got disrupted after assumption of office by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, she said.
“Availability of winter vegetables in monsoon is the result of our research,” she claimed.
The prime minister said the present government after assuming office has made its best efforts to boost food production.
“We’ve innovated flood, drought and salinity-tolerant rice varieties,“ she said.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, University Grants Commission Chairman Dr AK Azad Chowdhury, FBCCI President Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, Managing Director of Exim Bank Dr Mohammad Haidar Ali Mia and Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Md Abdul Mannan Akand were present on the occasion.