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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Lack of research funding

Lack of research funding

According to a recent report published in this newspaper Jagannath University’s (JnU's) budgetary allocation for research in the last few years has been negligible resulting in the lack of much-needed equipment in the laboratories of the different departments of the science faculty. This lack of research funding is a perennial problem in virtually all the seats of higher learning in this country. Research is hardly a priority in Bangladeshi universities, be they private or public ones. Also there is a glaring lack appreciation for budding scientists. Appreciation and suitable environment is very important to promote and nurture the scientific mind. Universities should take initiative to build scientists and should provide well-equipped laboratory facilities for students and young teachers to work there. Unfortunately many science and technological graduates being trained in research are employed in bureaucratic posts. Inadequate equipment and access to data also reduces the scientific output of researchers, as do the lack of incentives to publish and the absence of quality doctoral programmes.

It is well-known that Bangladeshi universities do not perform well in regional and global rankings due to poor research, with only five - two public and three private - in the top 100 universities in South Asia. The UGC has observed that quality research in universities has declined, and that young teachers are less than enthusiastic about conducting research. And a major obstacle was inadequate funding for research in the national budget. Inadequate equipment and access to data also reduces scientific output of researchers, as do the lack of incentives to publish and the absence of quality doctoral programmes.

The government should also extend adequate support to the scientists and researchers. There is a national science policy in place but it will be effective only if it spurs positive change. Usually the government’s high officials’ involvement in science and technology is an inane exercise in mouthing platitudes on certain occasions. Well-focused government initiatives are essential instead of some piecemeal measures now and then.

In a country like Bangladesh it is scientific and technological know-how which can determine development. Bangladesh which has limited natural resource and an ever burgeoning population on a small piece of land can be only developed through scientific and technological means. A nation can’t be built through buying technology from outside. There must be development of science and technology inside the country. If science and technology develops, the country will develop eventually.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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