Of the approved eight projects, six are new while two others are revised projects
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved a Tk20,525.69 crore project to set up some 329 technical school & colleges at upazila level in a bid to build skilled human resources in the country.
The approval came from a meeting of the ECNEC held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nogor area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of eight projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Tk22,945.84 crore to be entirely borne from the state exchequer.
Of the approved eight projects, six are new while two others are revised projects.
The Planning Minister said the establishment of 329 technical school and colleges at upazila level (2nd phase) is like a “star project” of the government since it wants to make the youth folk of the nation technically skilled.
Mannan said that various types of technical trainings is very much necessary to groom the youth force as suitable for joining the labour market abroad and thus boost the inward remittance flow.
The Planning Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting asked the authorities concerned to impart proper training to the teachers of these technical schools.
He said the Premier even directed the authorities concerned to undertake a ‘crash program’ for providing intensive training to the teachers and if necessary sending them abroad.
The Directorate of Technical Education under the Ministry of Education will implement the project by December 2024 in a bid to create employment opportunities and skilled Human Resources to successfully face the challenges of future job market.
Besides, SSC (vocational) and HSC (vocational) courses would be launched in those new technical school & colleges as well as technical and stipend education will be expanded across the country. Apart from this, four trade and four short-term para trade courses would also be introduced in these proposed new technical school & colleges.
The new project operations include some 984 acres of land acquisition and some 984 acres of land development, construction of some 22,55,624 square meters of academic cum workshop and administrative building, some 1,88,600 square meters of teachers’ dormitories, 9,23,174 square meters of female students hostel alongside other necessary construction works.