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‘Quality can ensure sustainable dev’

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Staff Reporter

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said it would be possible to ensure sustainable development in Bangladesh only when qualitative standard could be ensured in its development initiative bringing ahead the marginal people in it.

The Planning Minister made the remarks at a seminar, titled ‘Pro- people technical and vocational education towards sustainable development’ organized by the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) during the four-day Sustainable Development Summit 2014 held at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate auditorium, Dhaka University.

Mustafa Kamal said the country is moving ahead due to the relentless efforts of the marginal class, including the farmers, alongside the private sector in true sense with their labor.

“Now time has come to impart technical and vocational education in the professions of these marginal people who have been contributing to the country’s economy. This is how these toiling masses will get the taste of economic emancipation … Bangladesh’s rising economy will also get stable,” he added.

Citing his government’s steps in this regard, the Planning Minister said now a project on technical and vocational education is being undertaken in every four projects so that people could groom themselves in profession-based education.

“We’ve always given priority on need-based education so that people could further raise their incomes,” he added.

Underscoring the need for a time-befitting technical and vocational education to cope with the competition of the globalised world, Mustafa Kamal said for this the research organizations will have to come forward with necessary research works while the government would provide necessary funds to this end.

Speaking on the occasion, Bangladesh Technical Education Board chairman Abdul Haque Talukder said about 28.6 percent of the country’ s entire population would turn into a youth force by 2018 and there is no alternative to technical and vocational education to provide jobs to these huge people.

Chief controller of exam of the Technical Education Board Rafiqul Islam Mir presented the keynote paper at the seminar where he said technical and vocational education is generated from the need of society.

Moderated by President of Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) AKMA Hamid, Additional Secretary of the Education Ministry Sohrab Hossain also spoke on the occasion.