Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday laid emphasis on proper utilization of research funds allocated for universities in the proposed budget.
"Our main challenge is to utilize the research fund properly... in the past years the universities have failed to utilize the allocated budget given for research works," she said while speaking as chief guest at an annual sports programme of Chandpur Al-Amin Academy School and College in Chandpur district.
Regarding the increase of price of educational materials including ballpoint pens in the budget, Dipu Moni said the matter will be discussed.
"I hope it will be reconsidered if we place a proposal for not increasing the price of ballpoint pens," she said.
"We have created a new curriculum, we are using technology, developing infrastructures and most importantly we are doing teachers training extensively," Dipu Moni said.
Earlier, the minister handed over prizes among the winners of various events.
District Awami League Vice President M Yusuf Gazi, Dr JR Wadud Tipu, Organizing Secretary Tofazzal Hossain Esdu Patwari, Chandpur Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Nurul Islam Nazim Dewan, District Women Awami League President Professor Masuda Noor, Chandpur Municipality Panel Mayor Mohammad Ali Majhi, Farida Elias were present, among others.