Educationists emphasise academia-industry collaboration

DU Correspondent | Updated at 01:47am on May 26, 2019

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Planning minister MA Mannan, Dhaka university vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman, and former Bangladesh bank governor Atiur Rahman, among others, attend a discussion at the university on Saturday on budgetary allocation on higher education for sustainable development. — New Age photo

Educationists on Saturday emphasised the need for collaboration between industry and higher education to ensure jobs for fresh graduates, thereby improving their employability.
They also demanded separate allocation for education and more apportionment for higher education in the upcoming budget for desired outcomes.
They came up with these observations at a pre-budget seminar on ‘Budget for tertiary education to attain SDGs’ organised by The Centre on Budget and Policy of Dhaka University.
The university VC professor Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the event where planning minister MA Mannan attended as chief guest and social science faculty dean Sadeka Halim, Dhaka University Teachers’ Association president Professor Maksud Kamal as special guest.
Professor Atiur Rahman, former Bangladesh Bank governor, also honorary professor of development studies department of the university, and professor Abu Eusuf, director of centre on budget and policy, jointly presented a keynote paper at the event.
Professor Atiur Rahman said funding and other facilities for research activities were inadequate, which is an obstacle to ensuring quality higher education in universities.
Ephasising the importance of association between higher education and industry, he further said that there was no alternative to allocating more in higher education to attain Sustainable Development Goals.
Professor Atiur also laid emphasis on enhancing technical and vocational education and training to solve the unemployment crisis of the country.
DU VC professor Akhtaruzzaman said that allocation in education was declining every year and without proper investment in this sector sustainable development was not possible.
He further said that the reason behind Dhaka University was not advanced in rankings due to lack of international academicians and students.
Chaired by professor Kamal Uddin, chairman of the center, the seminar was held at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium of the university.