Keep students away from militancy: PM

DHAKA, Jan 4, 2017 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the people of all strata to stay alert to keep the student community away from militancy and terrorism, describing them as future leaders of the country.

The prime minister said Bangladesh is now being regarded as a role model of development in the world. "To maintain the continuity of success, the students who are future leaders of the nation, will have to pursue education in a way that makes them good human beings," she said, adding that all will have to keep a sharp eye on them so that they don't get engaged in terrorism and militancy.

The premier made the call while laying the foundation stone of Dr Wazed International Research and Training Institute at Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur through videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

She laid the foundation of the 10-storey institute named after the country's eminent nuclear scientist late Dr MA Wazed Miah, also the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The prime minister also laid the foundation stone of the 10-storey Sheikh Hasina Female Dormitory at Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur through videoconferencing from the same venue.

The two establishments of the university would be founded at Begum Rokeya University at a cost of Tk 26.87 crore.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid spoke at the function at Ganabhaban, while Begum Rokeya University Vice Chancellor Dr AKM Nurunnobi spoke from Rangpur.

Referring to the mayhem and rampage unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat nexus in 2013, 2014 and the first three months of 2015, the prime minister said the BNP-Jamaat elements acted as militants during that time as they burnt people to death and torched and vandalized public and private property in the name of movement.

She said the BNP-Jamaat killed police personnel and burnt buses, trucks and rails in the name of movement, adding they also created a confusion by producing militancy at that time.

In this connection, the prime minister said Islam is a religion of peace where there is no room for militancy in it. Allah will judge who is good and who isn't, and the almighty has not given that responsibility to the human beings, she said.

"So I don't believe that killing a human being could be a good work and anybody can go to haven this way ... our meritorious students are taken to a wrong path by creating such confusion," she said.

The prime minister expressed her firm belief that none could step into a wrong way if he or she gets true education. "So I would like to call upon all including teachers, guardians and students to stay alert so that we could establish Bangladesh as a peaceful nation in the world, where there would be no terrorism, militancy and irregularities," she said.

Highlighting the background of establishment of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur, Sheikh Hasina said she had announced the setting up of university at Pairaband, the birthplace of Begum Rokeya, the pioneer of women renaissance of the sub-continent, by considering the necessity of a university in the region.

"But there was a problem in setting up a university in that area plugged by communication link as well as the availability of teachers," she said, adding that Begum Rokeya University was established in Rangpur as new division was created.

The prime minister said her government has established a training institute in Pairaband to provide training for the people, especially women, on various trades to make them self-reliant.

Pointing out her government's various strides for development of Rangpur division, the prime minister said once upon a time the region witnessed monga (seasonal famine) every year due to scarcity of food and employment in the area.

"But the people of the region forgot the word 'monga' as the Awami League government ensured food security and employment for all," she said.

Spelling out her government's various steps for the development of education, Sheikh Hasina said no nation could achieve its desired goal without education. "Like that poverty alleviation is not possible without education," she said.

She expressed her optimism that Dr Wazed International Research and Training Institute would play a "special role" in the development of education in the country.

"There is no alternative to research to improve the quality of education in the country. That's why we have taken initiatives for establishing Dr Wazed International Research and Training Institute at Begum Rokeya University and I hope that this institute would play a special role in the development of education in the country," she said.

While talking about the naming of Sheikh Hasina female dormitory, the premier said she doesn't want anything to be named after her as there is no necessity for it. "I want that people lead a better life and my everyday work is to try to improve the living standard of the people .. . whatever I got or didn't is not my concern," she said.

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and lawmakers of Rangpur division including HN Ashiqur Rahman, Tipu Munshi, Nurul Isalm Sujon, Ramesh Chandra Sen and Motahar Hossain were present at Ganabhaban.

Besides, Information Secretary Martuza Ahmed, Education Secretary Md Sohrab Hossain and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present while PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated the videoconferencing.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)