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Curriculum of textile universities has to meet the market needs

Industry experts opined that the course curriculum in textile universities must have to meet the market needs.

They opined this at BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) auditorium on the occasion of National Textiles Day-2019. The theme of the seminar was ‘challenges and opportunities in the textile sector and employers’ expectations from university graduates.’

A. Matin Chowdhury BUFT
Figure 1: Muzaffar U. Siddique, Founder Chairman, BOT, BUFT presenting a crest to prominent Professor A. Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, BOT, IUB, Managing Director, New Asia Group at the National Textiles Day-2019 program at BUFT.

Bangladesh textile and apparel industry is competing on the global stage and to sustain in this position, as well as excel, the textile universities need to produce future leaders with the champion mindset, said prominent Professor A. Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, BOT, IUB, Managing Director, New Asia Group as the keynote speaker at the seminar.

“Now we are competing at the global level, where the margin of error is null. There is no alternative to hard work for the textile industry as a whole at the same time for our upcoming textile graduates. And we must remove the mindset of working only when our superior push,” Matin Chowdhury stressed the current negative persisting trend of the industry.

“Graduates must learn the necessary tools to survive and lead globally. Taking initiative for innovation as the industry 4.0 is in full swing. Our skillset needs to be top-notch along with the mindset of a champion to take future challenges.”

Professor A. Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, BOT, IUB

Matin Chowdhury added, “Graduates must learn the necessary tools to survive and lead globally. Taking initiative for innovation as the industry 4.0 is in full swing. Our skillset needs to be top-notch along with the mindset of a champion to take future challenges. Quality has to be there in every stage of production. Strict monitoring and ratification of process levels, root cause analysis for defects and remedies.”

He said textile graduates must be skilled in all managerial skills like technical, marketing, financial, strategic planning, HRM, compliance. Having a full idea of the supply chain is paramount for a textile graduate. As it will give total control over technical matters including machinery, material, maintenance, etc.”

“At the same time costing and optimization of resources, costing control and waste management, safety and environment are also vital in this fast-moving world. The technology is moving really fast and we must adopt them quickly.”

He also expressed his satisfaction at the level of commitment and quality education BUFT is providing to produce future leaders for the textile and apparel industry.

Interaction with the industry is a must for both teachers and students. Internships must be meaningful to learn something useful. Teachers and students have to go to global platforms and websites to study recent technology to stay up to date, opined some speakers.

Speakers highlighted that Bangladeshi factories always make 25% fabric wastage in fabric cutting whereas China does not make even any cutting wastage. So, the future challenges will be to improve in these areas to keep the second position in the global market.

National Textile Day 2019, BUFT
Figure 2: Students teachers and prominent industry leaders joined the event.

In the welcome speech Muzaffar U. Siddique, Founder Chairman, BOT, BUFT stressed the sincerity BUFT to provide quality education and its aims to establish itself as a ‘center of excellence’ for study, research and development.

“BUFT is bringing foreign professors for lectures, incorporating the E-learning system, software’s, even it has a mini spinning mill, modern fabric manufacturing, dyeing, printing, finishing, apparel manufacturing machines. Moreover, BUFT is equipped with other modern machines like pattern lab, nonwoven lab, fashion photography lab, etc. It is equipped with different world-class facilities for extra-curricular activities to make future leaders.”

Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) said, “We are developing skilled manpower as the textile and apparel sector is growing. The demand for skilled mid-level management is growing there as well. So, we are rigorously working to achieve that.”

Among others distinguished guest Muinuddin Khan, Professor; Prof. Dr. Engr. Abu Bakar Siddique, Dean, Faculty of Textile Engineering; Setara Begum, Head of the Department of Textile Engineering and other teachers and students of the Department of Textile Engineering were also present.

In the Q&A session, students make industry-related questions to know the reality of the industry and skill requirements.

The program was organized by the Faculty of Textile Engineering, BUFT.

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