Bangladesh to fund research on modern technology

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Renewable energy expo begins at Dhaka University.

The government will sponsor research on modern technologies in order to make the country's younger generation interested in innovative work, said Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the prime minister, yesterday. 

“Innovation has to be valued and nurtured,” he said at the opening of a three-day conference and exposition on renewable energy at the Dhaka University, according to a statement.

The Institute of Energy of the DU and the Bangladesh Solar Energy Society have organised the “National Renewable Energy Conference & Green Expo-2018” at the senate building.

Twenty-five companies are showcasing renewable energy products at the exposition. A solar electric induction cooker developed by the Institute of Energy is also on display.

Speaking at the inauguration, Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor of the university, said new initiatives on modern technologies have to be undertaken.

Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, chairman of the Bangladesh Energy & Power Research Council, said people are working on innovation but they are not marketing their products at the grassroot level.

“This is very important,” she said, adding that her office would provide finances to researchers working on innovation.

Md Helal Uddin, chairman of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda), said his unit would run awareness campaigns on energy efficiency from Thursday at schools across the country.

Sreda Member Siddique Zobair said innovations in cooking technologies should be scientific and healthy.

Saiful Huque, director of the institute, also spoke. The exposition will be open to visitors until tomorrow from 10:00am to 6:00pm, said the statement of the Institute of Energy.

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