Power generation capacity in the country has exceeded 25,000 MW. More than 98 percent of the area is now covered by uninterrupted electricity. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has shown by implementing big projects. It is possible to implement the vision he has taken. In order to lead the world in the fourth industrial revolution, the power and energy sector of Bangladesh needs to be developed by making it smarter. If the power, energy and information technology sectors work together, it is possible to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The sub-committee on science and technology of Bangladesh Awami League organized a seminar on ‘Power, Energy and Deep Learning Application for Four IR in Bangladesh’ in the hall room of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) at Ramna in the capital on Wednesday (December 29). At this time the speakers presented the picture of this possibility.
The keynote address at the seminar was delivered by 2022 IEEE President-elect and Professor Joseph R. Loring of Virginia Tech University in the United States. Saifur Rahman. Awami League science and technology sub-committee chairman Prof. Hossain Mansoor presided over the sub-committee member Engineer. Ronak Ahsan. Awami League Secretary of Science and Technology Engineer gave a welcome speech. Abdus Sabur. Canadian University of Bangladesh Vice-Chancellor Prof. Muhammad Mahfuzul Islam and 2022 IEEE WIE Committee Chair-Elect and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at BUET. Celia Shahnaz was present as the negotiator.
Speaking as the chief guest at the seminar, Tawfiq-e-Ilahi Chowdhury Bir Bikram, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, said, “We must now focus on sustainable development and blue-economy.” There is a possibility of finding uranium in the Bay of Bengal. Newcomers will study how we can use this uranium. Since independence, Bangladesh’s population has doubled and its food production capacity has tripled. Technology is being used in all fields including agriculture, health, education. In this way the country is moving forward under the leadership of Bangabandhu Kanya. Everyone must work together to strengthen Sheikh Hasina’s hand.
At that time, Tawfiq-e-Ilahi Chowdhury said, the Prime Minister always said, turn off the light when leaving the house. When the work is done, turn off the stove. This is to build people’s practical habits to prevent waste. We now go out with cars even on holidays. But if we decide to use a walk or a public bus once a week, we can save the earth if we can develop practical habits in this way.
He further said that Bangladesh was a wasteland when Bangabandhu took charge. From there he started building the country. He enacted the Maritime Act in 1974. Sheikh Hasina has inherited that foresight.
Noting that Mack Zuckerberg, Bill Gates did not start with money, Tawfiq-e-Ilahi Chowdhury said that they started working with ideas. If there is an idea, there is no shortage of money. He also thanked the Awami League’s sub-committee on science and technology for organizing a knowledge-based and research-oriented seminar.
The original essayist Professor. Saifur Rahman said that five issues need to be kept in mind while formulating power and energy policy. We need to increase the efficiency of machinery and people, conserve energy, prevent waste, share cross-border energy, and focus on renewable energy such as solar, hydropower and nuclear energy.
Awami League Science and Technology Secretary Engineer in a welcome speech at the seminar. Abdus Sabur said, “We have a lot of resources and opportunities in the power and energy sector.” We have also made tremendous progress in information technology. In the days to come, Bangladesh will lead the world not only in economic and political diplomacy, but also in science diplomacy and technological diplomacy by ensuring sustainable economic development under the leadership of the Prime Minister and his able ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy.