Textile engineering is a very prospective field of education in Bangladesh as textile, jute and Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sector are the largest industrial sectors of our country and earns more than 83% of Bangladesh’s export earnings. Textile, jute, and RMG sectors are also most important sectors for creating employment opportunity and socio-economic development of the country. Only textile and apparel sectors contribute almost 13 percent in the country’s GDP and generate 4.4 million employment opportunity.
Recently Bangladesh has done a revolution in textile education. Besides the establishment of dedicated textile university textile education has flourished throughout the country. The number of private and public institutions and universities are producing textile engineers every year. Every year more than 5000 textile engineers are being graduated from these institutions. However, the shiny sector needs more attention from the government as these textile graduates could contribute more to the country’s development.
The inclusion of separate cadre in BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) through the recruitment of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has been a long cherished demand of the textile engineers of the country. Textile engineers who are leading such a big industry have all their capacity to lead the public services by working in different important positions. While these engineers are one of the most talented people in the country, the government is not getting proper service from them as there is no separate cadre in BCS for textile engineers.
Bangladesh government wants to upgrade the sector more but to do this it is essential to pay attention to textile engineers. Bangladesh’s textile engineers cannot join as a BCS cadre. Now the government is employing textile-engineering students in first-class non-cadre position. Many textile-engineering students pass the BCS exam, but join in a non-cadre post, as there is no cadre post for them according to Bangladesh’s government recruitment policy.
It needs at least 100 entry posts to be a cadre of any category, however, there are 150 entry posts only in Department of Textiles and it will increase to 200 if the running project to establish several colleges and institutions is completed, said a source to this reporter. Despite having enough post, these are not being included in the BCS. These posts now are being recruited under the non-cadre system.
Recently on 18 February, textile engineering students submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister demanding a separate BCS cadre service for them like BCS (Health), BCS (Livestock), BCS (Fisheries) and BCS (Agriculture) etc. in the recruitment of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC).
They submitted the memorandum to the deputy commissioners of different districts and local MPs in Dhaka, Jhenidah, Chittagong, Noakhali, Tangail, Pabna, and Gazipur, said Abu Yusuf Mohammad Anwarul Azim, a lecturer of Noakhali Textile Engineering College.
Students of Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX), and 17 textile colleges and institutes simultaneously formed human chains in front of their respective institutions for one hour from 11 am to press for their demand on that day.
Representatives of the teachers’ associations of BUTEX, Institutes, and Colleges, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), Institution of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ITET) were present at the human chains expressing their solidarity with the demand.
While asking Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, President of ITET, on 22 February, about the human chain he said, “We did not get any response from the government. Now we have a plan to submit a memorandum to the Textile Minister and State Minister and then we will call a press conference. After that, we will organize a view exchange program engaging related stakeholders including HT Imam, Prime Minister’s Political Adviser; Secretary of Public-Administration Department; Secretary and Minister of Textile Ministry and important people from public and private sectors aiming to establish our demand.”
“Finally, we will also submit a memorandum to the honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he added.
At present, thousands of foreign professionals are working in the country’s garment sector and the government is spending billions of dollars every year, which is near to remittance that is sent from foreign countries by Bangladeshi workers. Textile engineers have the proper knowledge about the sector than any other people, therefore, they deserve the best post for government jobs in the textile sector.
Attendees of the human chain asked, “Why will a textile engineer serve only private division of the garment sector though they are more skilled and perfect also for the public division?