None of the discussants differed on the importance of developing research habit among textile students who are going out of the universities to join the industry. Rather they emphasized on giving it top most priority as the country Bangladesh need such a community of professionals that is capable of taking the toughest challenge of raising the size of the RMG industry to USD 50 billion by 2021. As sustainable rapid growth would require necessary innovation and efficiency improvement to increase revenue by maintaining countries ecology undisturbed, research savvy young stars could play a pivotal role. A discussion panel concluded in The Daily Star center in Dhaka on 28th May 2016.
Panel was trying depicting the ways how Bangladesh Textile & Clothing sector can become $50 billion industry. ‘Importance of developing research habit among textile students and TTH’s role’ was the title of the panel discussion. Textile Talent Hunt (TTH), a prime contour in Bangladesh that builds techno-trade knowledge and develops research habit. Number of talented outgoing students from different textile institutions learns research methodology and conduct research projects under the program TTH. Its 5th inception TTH 2015 came to an end through ‘Grand Finale and Panel Discussion’ program.
Dr. Karthik ND, Country Managing Director of Intertek Bangladesh mentioned that he was quite amazed to know that a program like TTH has integrated students from 23 institutions which he mentions ‘has never seen before’. And such he extended that the program TTH is assisting young professionals to change their mind set. However he suggested institutions to be well connected to local and international research platforms as their students can build on further process knowing the global stage knowledge volts first. Dr. Karthik was discussing this as one of other panel members. Tareq Amin, Editor of Textile Today as moderator of the panel explained that Bangladesh Textile Today has extended its networking and knowledge dissemination avenues to the outgoing professionals to help them conduct useful research. He meanwhile asked Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan to discuss how research habit could be effectively promoted among those undergrad level young stars.
Dr. Khan emphasized the importance of it and mentioned ‘partnership, particularly engagement of the private sector enterprises in it is the key’. He suggested active engagement of trade bodies like BGMEA, BKMEA and professional bodies like ITET (Institute of Textile Engineers & Technologists), IEB (Institute of Engineers Bangladesh); they should come forward promoting research activities. If a program like TTH can get active support from those organizations a real sector level transformation will be possible. Dr. Khan extended that research based program like TTH is creating a Knowledge Based Textile Community which really can open huge untapped opportunities for the country and can bring dimensional sustainable change. Dr. Khan is the pro vice chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology.
To the call of private sector engagement, Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman responded saying as a factory owner, “I am everyday doing research in my factory to solve day to day challenges”. He shared his company’s example of combining aerobic and anaerobic digestions in the ETP of Hams Group and how academia partnership helped him in that. He however promised TTH to extend his all-out support from ITET and IEB. Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman is the President of Textile Division, IEB.
Engr. Ehsanul Karim Kaiser, Executive Director of Esquire Textiles is one of the few veteran textile experts in the country who lead many new innovations in his career. Mr. Kaiser shared that few TTH talents are making potential contribution to his factory. He observed remarkable difference in the thinking process in TTH professionals. He declared that his factory will give research scholarship to future TTH talents.
Among others in the panel Monowar Hossain Palash and Md. Amanur Rahman both were key sponsors of TTH 2015. Mr. Palash, Country Manager to Asutex was the title sponsor and Mr. Rahman, Managing Director of Dysin Chem was the prize money sponsor. Both of them expressed their satisfaction for being a part of the program and declared that they will continue their support in future as well. Mr. Palash told that over the years I have worked with the young stars and have seen how TTH has contributed in changing their mind set. He emphasized on the creative mind and asked all to continue to explore new ideas. Mr. Rahman told that these talents are growing up through immense challenges; TTH is giving a space scope and necessary nurturing. However panel moderator Mr. Amin concluded that TTH is helping to mitigate the limitation of research infrastructure in the country by building an effective network among universities and industries.
The focal intend of TTH is to change the thinking, targets and learning process of the textile-garment & fashion designing degree level graduate students. It is the first ever talent making competition for the undergrad level students studying in textile garments & fashion. Program focus is to prepare the future leaders to adopt latest developments by involving them in research or knowledge generation projects in a modern approach.