All-Over Printing Technologists of Bangladesh (AOPTB) recently organized an online webinar on ‘Role of Students’ of Fine Arts dept. on 21 January.
Teachers and students of Fine Arts Departments from different universities joined the AOPTB online seminar.
The session was presided over by Engr. S.M. Abdur Rahman, President AOPTB and moderated by Shawkat Hossain Sohel; General Secretary AOPTB, Manager (CAD), Unifill Composite Dyeing Mills Ltd. along with more than 30 Printing technologists from renewed printing factories, teachers, students of fine arts dept., and AOPTB board members participated the online webinar.
Speakers emphasized the creation of new print designs. And as part of that, Fine Arts dept. students’ creative and artistic thinking is a prerequisite.
Speakers highlighted that there is no curriculum on textile design in the fine arts syllabus. Creating hindrance for fine arts students.
Though RMG is considered the main driving sector of the economy, the RMG factories mostly copy buyers’ designs.
But now with the rapid transformation, there is a growing demand for the design creation department, where the industry will create design in-house to attract buyers. This requires artistic-minded manpower. And students of fine arts should be given the opportunity to work in these places.
Md Salauddin; Chairman ASK Apparel & Textile Sourcing & Director Reaz Garments Ltd, Head of Operation, Bunon said, “As many institutes have in fine arts, we need to include textile design and fashion trends in their curriculum. I would also request our industry owners to provide internships and jobs to fine arts students in your buying house and industry. Because they can make a big contribution to the design creation part and visual merchandising, and it is also possible that you can attract the attention of new buyers with their creative design.”
“I hope this will be the start for fine art students to contribute in the textile sector and we can also overcome our shortage of designers in our fashion industry and face the coming challenge with our own skills manpower’s, also our heartiest thanks to Textile Today our Media partners of this session and their support in our every activity and always stand beside us,” Salauddin added.
“I am really feel blessed that I am able to be part of this journey last two years with Shawkat Hossain Sohel – who is working so hard we together tried hard to focus this issues and hope our both dreams will come true but for that, we need support from our industry leaders owners and teachers to make it possible for the greater interest of our textile sector.”
Industry leaders, teachers and students agreed on the points discussed in the webinar.
Abdullah Al Mamun, Director, Abed Textile and Vice President, BTMA; Dr. Nazlur Rashid, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Fine Arts, Jagannath University; Dr. Rashed Sukon, Associate professor & Head of dept., Fine Arts, Jatiya Kabi Nazrul Islam University; Kyaw Sein Thay (Dolly), MD, Cloth R US Ltd; Engr. Ashraful Alam, Director Printing, Mosarrof Group; Engr. Shaymol Chandra Saha, Adviser, AOPTB; Farhan Mst. Tabassum, Chairperson Dept of Fine Arts, Jahangirnagar University; Engr. Md Amirul Islam, Managing Director, Texsas Engineering Co Ltd; AL Monjur Elahi, Associate professor, Fine and Arts, Jatiya Kabi Nazrul Islam University; Kazi Md Mahaseen, Asst. Prof., Dept of Fine Arts, Jahangirnagar University; Zihan Karim, Asst. Prof., Institute of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong spoke at the session.