Tk 1b for youth to build Smart Bangladesh


The government has kept a special allocation of Tk one billion in the next budget for research, innovation and development works to prepare the youth and women for building Smart Bangladesh.

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the disclosure while placing the proposed budget of 2023-24 fiscal on Thursday in the national parliament titled "Unnayner Agrayatra Periye Smart Bangladesher Abhimukhe" (Towards a Smart Bangladesh after the march of development). 

Stressing on Smart Bangladesh, it is said in the proposed budget that in addition to skill development, necessary steps will be taken to create job opportunities for the youth in the country as well as abroad.

"We want to motivate our youth to come out of the traditional mindset of getting employment and look for diverse fields for employment and make contributions to the society. At the same time, we want to create the right platform. Online learning opportunities are being created and expanded on various e-learning platforms for general, technical, vocational and entire life learning," said the finance minister in his budget speech. 

The government will train 80,000 youth in advanced technology  and innovation through research and innovation centres of various  universities.

They are creating infrastructure and providing facilities suitable for startup and entrepreneurship development, the finance minister said.