President M Abdul Hamid yesterday asked all concerned authorities to redesign the country’s higher education system for minimizing skill gaps as preparedness for upcoming industrial revolution.
“We need to identify the skill gaps and redesign the higher education system rapidly to cope with the global competition,” the President said as he virtually opened a two-day ‘International Conference on the 4th Industrial Revolution and Beyond (IC4IR) – 2021’ at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here.
He expected that the conference would draw experts’ suggestions and recommendations for the universities to produce skilled manpower to meet domestic and global job market demand.
Addressing the event from Bangabhaban, the President said the universities have to strengthen the academia-industry linkage as the incumbent government in the meantime enhanced budget for research and innovation.
“Although we are doing increasingly better in agriculture, automation, software development, freelancing and many other sectors, we have to put more emphasis on the university rankings in the international context,” Abdul Hamid suggested.
He thanked the UGC authority and other relevant stakeholders for arranging a two-day IC4RB-2021 as part of the two historic mega events – Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and Bangladesh Independence’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.