Vol. 4 Num 72 Thu. August 07, 2003  

'Give more importance to technical education'

Speakers at seminar yesterday urged the government to give more importance to technical education to meet the global challenges.

They said it would be difficult to build up human resources for development without giving proper attention to this sector.

The seminar titled 'Problems of Technical Education in Bangladesh' was organised by Bangladesh Polytechnic Teachers' Association (BPTA) in the city.

In a keynote paper titled 'Diploma- in-Engineering education: problems and solutions', Rafiqul Islam Mir, curriculum specialist of Bangladesh Polytechnic Education Board, said polytechnic teachers are very much neglected in our country.

" At present forty per cent posts of teachers are lying vacant at different polytechnic institutes across the country and there has been no recruitment for last seven to eight years in these institutes," he added.

In another keynote paper titled 'Quality assurance in technical education to meet the global challenge: Perspective Bangladesh', Syed Abdul Aziz said our polytechnic institutes are to be modernised in terms of classroom facilities.

He urged the government to bring changes in the curriculum of the polytechnic education keeping consistency with the world market.

Director General of the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Prof Mohammad Abul Bashar said technical education in Bangladesh is passing through a crisis and teachers must be active to get rid of the situation.

President of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, former director general of DTE Saiful Haque, Principal of Technical Teachers Training College Abdur Rashid, and Principal of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute Azharul Islam also addressed the seminar.