A daylong job fair will be held at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) at Bashundhara Residential Area in the city today.
The office of the Career Guidance and Placement of IUB organises the fair. A total of 44 multinational and national companies and organisations including Bashundhara Group, a leading business conglomerate in the country, will participate in the fair.
Talking to daily sun, IUB Vice-Chancellor (acting) Professor Milan Pagon said the job fair serves dual purposes. The first one is that students get an opportunity to see what kind of jobs is available while employers also get a chance look at the CVs of the graduates.
“Employers and jobseekers will both be benefitted through the job fair,” he said.
Pagon said, “Personally I think there is a lot of potential in the higher education sector of Bangladesh, but there are several impediments to realizing this potential. The first one is quality of secondary school system. We are getting students, not all of them, are very weak in their academic skills, especially numerical and language skills.
Prof Pagon said, “I think the big issue is that graduates of private universities of Bangladesh are facing repetitions of problems because a lot of people in Bangladesh. There are huge difference in quality of the universities in Bangladesh, I will say may be ten private universities are providing quality education and there is bad perception about all the others universities.
He said “The IUB graduates are disadvantage because of this perception and the students coming from the private universities automatically pulls them in the lower position compare to the graduates of public universities. I think it is major problems there.”
He said, “The government is not allowing the private universities to offer PhD programme. It is unfortunate that the government has funded the public universities, but has hardly any control over them. Besides, they (government) are not providing any money to private universities, but they (government) have full control over the private universities.
“Everything is controlled by them; we cannot decide anything as per our own wishes.
“I’m very positive if the government have control to ensure quality education. Now I’m very hopeful that the newly formed accreditation council is playing a good role.”
About the job fair, organizers said that the key objective of the fair was to create ample opportunities for IUB students and graduates so that they become familiar with various companies and organisations in Bangladesh, which will help them find jobs easily.