They were addressing a view-exchange meeting on the innovations at the a2i Innovation Lab
The ministers of ICT and Science and Technology have called for preparing curriculums in line with the ever advancing world, to take up the challenges of the highly competitive arena of innovation.
The two were addressing a view-exchange meeting on the innovations at the Access to Information (a2i) Innovation Lab at National Museum of Science and Technology in Dhaka on Sunday.
Criticizing the British-era education system that still exists in the country, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar said: “We are still following their education system as we did in old days.”
“But since we are heading towards the fourth industrial revolution, we have to rethink about the matter,” he said.
Around 80% professions will go extinct in the next five years, for which new subjects have to be introduced and taught, but universities are not sure how to tackle the situation, Jabbar said.
“We need changes of education system from the primary level. Changes in curriculum, system of education and teachers are essential to face the future challenges,” he opined.
Jabbar went on saying that Bangladesh largely lags behind in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.
“We are very weak in patenting our innovations. There are some legal complications that are contributing to the situation. We hope to get rid of them soon,” he said.
According to Jabbar, patenting needs more attention as Bangladesh is padding up for the next industrial revolution or Industry 4.0.
“No matter how much we make innovations if the IPs are not patented,” said Jabbar.
Science and Technology Minister Yafesh Osman said the education ministry has to advance keeping in mind the issues of building competent human resources.
“Children have to be encouraged more for innovative ideas and implementing them,” he said, suggesting that the universities should team up with industries for a better outcome in innovations.
Persisting association between academia and industry is a must for smooth innovation, which is an utmost component of Bangladesh’s development, he said.
“We all must work in a coordinated manner so the innovators, entrepreneurs and industries can benefit,” he suggested.
Echoing similar sentiment, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the universities will have to work in collaboration with the industries for a better future of the country.
“The job of the government is to facilitate different initiatives, helping ventures succeed,” he said, hoping that Bangladesh will become an innovative country by 2041.
The a2i program run under the Prime Minister’s Office that takes care and encourages innovations across the country.
The a2i Innovation Lab represented Bangladesh in the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX-2019), to bag a gold and four silver awards for different innovations.