For a sustainable and commercially viable research ecosystem, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni urged on Saturday the private sector to invest in the education sector.
“Still we have gap between the industry and academia, and to reduce the gap we should do a mapping to identify skill requirements. Despite Covid-19 has manifold socio economic impacts, however it has created a lot of opportunities and a tripartite collaboration among industry-academia and research can reap these benefits in future ,” she added.The education minister said this while speaking as chief guest at the online seminar titled “Industry-Academia Linkage: The New Frontier”, arranged by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) , said a press release.
Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof. Dr. Kazi Shahidullah joined the event as special guest.
Dipu Moni said, “We need to change our mindset for better industry and academia linkage.”
To cope up with the challenges of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), she emphasized on more vocational and technical education.
In his speech, DCCI President Rizwan Rahman said, rapidly changing of technological progresses due to the 4IR, digitization and SDG centric economic transformation are reshaping the economic landscape of Bangladesh including industries and jobs.
University-industry collaboration has emerged as a new means to elevate the country’s competitiveness in terms of developing skilled workforce and innovation ecosystem, he added.
He said, most of the employers believe critical thinking and problem-solving skills will grow in prominence and fifty percent of all employees need re-skilling by 2025.The DCCI president said universities and private sectors need to work together to convert our youth population into skilled human capital.
He suggested arranging internationally accredited skills development training in continuous re-skilling and up-skilling programmes, establishing research universities to offer high quality post-graduation, providing incentives like tax exemption to the private sector for R&D collaboration with universities and increasing public investment in education, skills development and research and development.
Prof. Dr. Kazi Shahidullah urged the private sector to invest their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR ) fund in research and education sector.
He also called upon the universities to frame out timely and internationally standard curriculum.
“If we can create skilled manpower we will not require any mid-level managers recruited from abroad,” he added.
He also urged to take initiatives for conducting need based specially designed programmes.
Chairman and Board of Trustees of Daffodil International University Dr. Md. Sabur Khan presented the keynote paper at the seminar.
Managing Director of Apex Footwear Ltd. Syed Nasim Manzur, rector and Professor of IBA, University of Dhaka Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar, Professor of BUET Dr. Mohammad Anisuzzaman Talukder, Director of Meghna Group Tahmina Binthe Mostafa, DCCI Senior Vice President N K A Mobin , Vice President Monowar Hossain and members of the board of director, among others, took part in the webinar.