Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the building of Technical Education directorate in 2013
The regional sub-director office of the Technical Education directorate in Sylhet, has not seen the light of day even after the passage of five and a half years since its inauguration by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on September 17, 2013.
Although equipped with all the modern facilities, the government-owned building has never had anyone to officially run it, as full-time officials and staffs were not recruited in the last five years, locals alleged.
As the regional director’s office remained non-functional, all the vocational institutes under the directorate are unable to gear up their activities, official sources said.
While visiting the office at Technical Road in South Surma, on Sunday, this correspondent found no official present inside it, although it was officially open. Three second-year students of Sylhet Polytechnic Institute were waiting there to attend a class.
When asked about the absence of officials in the office, they said they usually sit in the administrative building of the polytechnic institute.
In addition, the main gate of the building was found locked, but some rooms on the ground floor of the building were found open. Those were furnished with chairs and tables.
Md Iqbal Chowdhury, head of power department of Sylhet Polytechnic Institute, who is also in charge of this office, told Dhaka Tribune: “The work of the office has stopped because there is no manpower. A proposal was sent to the concerned authorities for immediate recruitment.”
Admitting the delay in the recruitment process, Md Abdullah said, the process to recruit manpower is underway. “Hopefully, the office will soon be operational ,” he added.
Executive Engineer, Nazrul Hakim of the Education Engineering Department (Sylhet Zone) said the three-storey building was constructed under the Skill Development Project costing Tk two crore. After the construction, the building was handed over to the Directorate of Technical Education.
Principal of Sylhet Polytechnic Institute, Dr Md Abdullah had been made its deputy director while Power department head, Md Iqbal Chowdhury of the same institute took charge as the regional inspector of the office. According to insiders, an office assistant was also appointed on a temporary basis to keep it clean..
Meanwhile, Faruq Ahmed, president of Jointapur Tayeb Ali Technical College management committee said, they have to go to the capital for even a simple official purpose because of non-availability operatives at the regional office. “That’s why we have to spend both time and money,” he said.
According to the website, Bangladesh Technical Education directorate is a government board responsible for regulating and developing technical and vocational secondary education throughout Bangladesh. The directorate sets the curriculum, develop learning materials, grant affiliation to technical and vocational institutions, govern admissions, conduct examinations, and awards certificates or diplomas.
There are 50 polytechnic institutes in the country under the directorate. Among them, three are located in Sylhet division- Sylhet Polytechnic Institute, Moulvibazar Polytechnic Institute and Habiganj Polytechnic Institute.