Experts at a discussion on 02 July 2015, underscored the importance of vocational and modern education for development of human resources to face future challenges economy.
Educationists, economists, social workers and other eminent personalities participated in the discussion over the human resources sector in the Seventh Five-Year Plan (SFYP) at NEC Conference room in city's Sher-e-Banglanagar.
Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal chaired the discussion.
Senior Member of General Economic Division (GED) of Planning Commission Professor Dr Shamsul Alam made a keynote presentation on the issue, saying the government has taken the challenges of providing quality education for all eligible citizens to build skilled human resources.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also stressed the need for market-oriented vocational and technical education to face the future challenges.
"In 2009, one per cent of the total student pursued vocational education, which has now reached 8 per cent, and our plan is to take the figure to 20 per cent by 2020," he added.
Nahid said if 50 per cent of the total students are brought into vocational and technical education, country's economy would witness a structural change.
Former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Mohammad Farashuddin said the public universities in the country should meet their expenses from own income, as public universities of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan bear 50 per cent cost.
He suggested introducing vocational education in Kawmi madrasas with government financing targeting the market of middle-east countries.
However, Professor Dr Farzana Islam, Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, opposed the opinion of Dr Farashuddin and questioned how the public universities would earn.
Former adviser of caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury said 4 per cent of the total GDP has to be allocated to implement the education policy.
Dr Khaleda Ekram, Vice Chancellor of BUET, emphasised increasing research and training facilities in the universities to get better and sustainable outcome.
Acknowledging the lack of sufficient allocation for research and training, the Planning Minister urged the universities to come up with research proposal and project. "I am assuring you (universities) to give sufficient allocation for research," he added.
He said quality training is needed for the teachers of primary schools and there is no alternative to it to build human resources.
Urging all concerned to give emphasis on sports and culture, State Minister for Youth and Sports Bireen Shikdar said sports and culture help infuse moral values into students and reduce corruption in the country.
Apart from school, college and university, the State Minister for Finance and Planning urged all to teach social values and morality in all institutions in the country.