The Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said that the future of Bangladesh is in the hands of the young generation.
Joy said this at the ‘Joy Bangla Youth Awards’ ceremony organized by ‘Young Bangla’, a youth platforom, in the capital’s Agricultural Institute on Saturday.
At the event Joy highlighted the incumbent government’s many approaches and plans to engage the youth in various constructive activities.
“The government has launched internship programmes for the youth in government offices aiming to turn the next generation into an experienced and able workforce. Youth is the future of the country and they have to be conscious. They will be in charge in the future and fetch victory for Bangladesh in every aspect,” said Joy at the event.
Centre for Research and Information (CRI) arranged a nationwide search for successful youths to bring them all in a common platform by giving them awards based on their activities.
Technology expert Joy told the youth present at the ceremony that the government is aiming to take the nation to a medium income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041. He further said that the youth should gear up as they will be the future leaders in Bangladesh.
“It really feels good when I see youth thinking and planning for their country rather than only thinking about their own careers and business. They just don’t talk about poverty, social blockades and people living in the backward part of the society. They also try to find solutions to these social problems,” Joy said in his speech.
A total of 30 youth were handed awards in the programme in sectors like invention, research, entrepreneurship, social development and culture. Every one of the award winners received a laptop, crest and a certificate.
CIR chose 60 potential youths from 469 youths nationwide. The rest thirty who did not get awards, were given mobile handsets in the ceremony.
Convener of ‘Young Bangla’, MP Nahim Rajjaq told that the ceremony organized by ‘Young Bangla’ aims to unite youth in a common platform.
“We want to find the potentials in youths nationwide. There is one potential youth in every four Bangladeshis. We want to bring in every one of them together and use their combined potential for the betterment of the country,” said the MP in his speech.
The youths presented with the awards told their stories when called upon the stage. Physically handicapped, Afzal Hossain told his inspiring story of how he is combining youths in his area and completed his Honours degree in Management at the same time.
State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman, State Information for Information Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak, Women and Children Affairs Minister Meher Afroz Chumki, MP Tarana Halim, Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister, Abul Kalam Azad, Social Affairs Secretary Nasima Begum, Executive Director of CIR Sabbir Bin Shams and Director of Shuchinta Firms Mohammad A Arafat conveyed their messages in the programme through speeches.
The two day-long programme also presented the spectators with a laser shows and video presentations. Works on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were showcased in the event by the CIR.
The directors and organizers also set the future plans for the youth organization events to be held nationwide at the closing of the event.