Technical edn set to take wing with countrywide roll-out

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Pns: Aiming to increase enrolment in technical or vocational education to 20 per cent in 2020, the government planned a series of projects including establishment of4 engineering colleges for the original 4 divisional headquarters Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur.

Another is at the finishing stage in Barisal. Currently, its share of enrolment in the technical education is 14 per cent which was only one per cent in the recent past.

According to an official document of the Education Ministry, the government has already increased the number of seats in the polytechnic institutes to 57,780 from 25000.

It also established engineering colleges in Faridpur, Sylhet and Mymensinghwhere 540 students each year will get the scope to get technical education.

The government also took a project to establish at least a technical school and one college in all upazilas of the country gradually. According to an official document, of a total 100 technical schools and colleges will be established.

Of the total number, tender has been floated to construct 42 technical schools and colleges. Works of four already have been started. The total cost of the first phase is Tk 2281.69 crore.

Following the success of the roll-out for the first 100, the Vocational and Madrassa Education Division of Education Ministry has sentDevelopment Project Proforma(DPP) to the planning ministry to establish one technical school and college in another 389 upazilas in the second phase. The VME Division has also sent project proposal to the Planning Ministry for establishing four women’s polytechnic institutes in four divisional headquarters -Sylhet, Barisal, Mymensingh and Rangpur.

It also sent proposal to establish one women’s technical school and college in each divisional headquarter.

According to the official document, process is on to formulate the DPP for establishing world standard polytechnics in 23 districts.

There will be a technical research and training institute, ‘Bangladesh national institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research’ (BNITTR), to ensure modern research and teachers’ training in the technical education.

The government has approved establishment of 7773 technical institutions including 457 polytechnic institutes under private management. Some 18185 teachers of 1626 private technical institutions have been put under the monthly payment order (MPO) system.

Talking to UNB a senior official of the Education Ministry said that the government is very much sincere about flourishing the technical education in the country. Besides, under the Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) 64 organizations- 47 public and 17 private- are giving short training (360 hoursin six months) in 32 trades.

“Under this project, we have targeted to give training to another 90,000 students by 2019,” the ministry official said.

PNS/Tamanna Khan

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