Academics and government officials on Tuesday stressed on the need for modernising training facilities, expanding training periods, applying latest technologies and appointing skilled trainers to make government foundation training more effective.
They made the observations while speaking at a seminar on Effectiveness of Foundation Training: In the Perspective of Bangladesh Civil Service (Information Cadre) at Dhaka University’s Lecture Theatre.
Senior Information Officer at the foreign affairs ministry Tohidul Islam, who presented the keynote paper at the seminar, said that appointing inept trainers, using old technologies and dilapidated facilities were the main problems in conducting foundation training in Bangladesh.
Also, ‘The foundation training period in Bangladesh is between six to 12 months when in neighbouring India similar training is held for two years,’ he said.
Dhaka University international relations professor Delwar Hossain, who presided over the seminar, said that more research needs to be conducted to ensure that government services reach the doorsteps of people easily.
Speaking as discussant, additional principal information officer Fazle Rabbi said that government officers should be prepared to address new challenges of social media and new media.
Dhaka University’s development studies professor Toyobur Rahman also spoke at the seminar.
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