Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today said there is no alternative to technical education for the implementation of government's 'Vision 2021'.
"Efforts are going on to increase students' access to technical education to 20 per cent by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2030," he said speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Skills Competition 2015 at the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) in the city.
The minister said, currently, the rate of technical education in the country is 10 per cent, which was only one per cent during the last tenure of Awami League government.
"Technical education is our future. Development is not possible without technical education," he added.
Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) under the department of technical education organized the program with the theme “Technical education and vocational training for sustainable development.”
Presided over by Department of Technical Education Director General Ashok Kumar Biswas, the function was also addressed, among others, by Education Secretary M Sohrab Hossain, STEP Project Director M. Imran, Technical Education Board Chairman Dr. M Mosfafizur Rahmanand IDEB President AKMA Hamid.
Nurul Islam Nahid said the government is working to develop skilled manpower in the country.
He said though the participation of female students in technical education was low earlier, it is now satisfactory.
Officials said 50 institute of technical education are taking part with 50 projects in the national level completion.