'Education is a weapon for ensuring our existence, but our economy is not based on education. WE need technical and ICT knowledge, as well as higher education'
Bangladesh’s economy needs to be education-based in order to keep up with the rest of the world, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah has said.
Criticizing the education system of the country for not being job-oriented, he also called for more importance to be given to vocational education.
The UGC chairman made the comments while addressing the 9th convocation of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) as the special guest. The convocation was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.
“Education is a weapon for ensuring our existence, but our economy is not based on education. WE need technical and ICT knowledge, as well as higher education,” Prof Kazi Shahidullah said, mentioning that 16% of students take technical education now, as compared to 1% a few years ago.
He also said a skilled workforce can help address unemployment.
“Currently, higher ranking officials in the readymade garment (RMG) sector need to be recruited from India. Many migrants are coming back home, and a skilled workforce can help with reducing unemployment,” the UGC chairman said, urging to scale up the quality of education.
Convocation speaker Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed asked graduates not to indulge in anarchy and chaos.
“What we need most is concentration. These days, we are tortured by hundreds of phone calls a day, and we don’t have concentration because of this,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury conferred degrees to 1,151 graduates and post-graduates on behalf of Bangladesh President and Chancellor of Universities Abdul Hamid.
“I ask you all to give your concentration and devotion, especially towards ensuring a secular and progressive Bangladesh,” the deputy minister said.
Vice Chancellor of UAP National Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, and UAP Board of Trustees Chairman Monzoor Ahmed Chowdhury were also present at the convocation.