There is a saying that, “It is easy to say but difficult to do.” If we want to do something or plan to do anything, we start to inaugurate by cutting tape, arranging a seminar, giving speeches, etc. But the matter of the fact is that the inauguration is easy but the execution, implementation and utilisation are not so easy. It will have to have a definite plan and strategy, an integrated, dedicated service with burning desire to have it.
During the Ershad regime (1984-1990), the TTDC (Thana Training and Development Center) was created to train local people on agriculture and agriculture based industries, cottage industries, small and medium industries and their production related curricula. Its aim was to train local masses about economic and production information and expand ideas, knowledge about overall collective development. It was continued for several years for augmenting people’s skills, efficiencies and capacity in the rural sectors. But in the course of time, its importance lessened to utilise it in full. But it remained as only the training center of local people under the banner of BRDB (Bangladesh Rural Development Board) by the co-operation of local shomobay office (Co-operative Office) in the Thana/Upazila level.Human resource development is an important issue nowadays because without it our development efforts will be halted. Human resource development plays a significant role for sustainable development. We shall have to take various efforts and initiatives and utilise our present resources fully to develop our human resources. It will result in progress in the HDI (Human Development Index). When we were graduating from LDC to developing one, HDI was a counting factor of its evaluation by the UN bodies. A data is given below of HDI ranking of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Countries (SAARC) among 177 nation states.
HDI in SAARC countries ranking out of 177 nation states:
Source: Bangladesh Economic Review-2017and Bangladesh academy for planning and development:
This above data shows that Bangladesh’s HDI position and ranking is not satisfactory and up to the mark for making our human resource development and reaching our target sustainable development in 2030 and developed one by 2041. Human development needs time and it is essentially a multi-disciplinary process. The ingredients HRD include education, healthcare and nutrition, manpower planning, employment, technology, industrialisation and so on. We shall have to focus on all things with care and to identify the weaknesses in sectors responsible for impeding HRD and take strategies to resolve them quickly.
Government is allocating more funds in recent years in the budget for this purpose. We shall have to find out all the possible ways and means and utilise our present resources fully to tap our economic opportunities both at home and abroad. For this reason, Upazila TTDC centers can be invigorated again and used as intensive and extensive training centers for remote areas of the country for sectors like livestock, poultry, fisheries, co-operatives, apparels, collective farming and need based expatriate training, etc.More vocational and technical centers can be decentralised or established at Thana/Upazila level with may be PPP (Public-Private Partnership) projects for more diversified training to the people, for more value addition to human skills, capacities and above all for increasing rate of HDI in Bangladesh. It will help to create more technical and vocational trained persons for both domestic and expatriate workforce which will generate domestic income and foreign exchange.
Human resource development and increasing HDI should be our highest priority for reaching a sustainable development within 2030 and a developed one by 2041. For this reason, not only inauguration but also for execution and implementation of all possible fields and opportunities with limited time and resource is necessary.
Md. Muzibur Rahman, Additional Land Acquisition Officer, in DC (Deputy Commissioner) Office, Dhaka