Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday expressed interest to start a project for human resource development and another for improving agricultural institutions in the country.
ADB officials came up with the information during a meeting with University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof Abdul Mannan at the UGC auditorium.
A five-member delegation led by Sungsup Ra, Director of Human and Social Development Division of ADB, took part in the meeting.
ADB officials said they are interested for taking two projects in Bangladesh. The projects are human resource development for IT engineers and another one for setting up advanced institutions on science and technology.
Sungsup Ra said ADB is interested to initiate the IT project in 2019 while another one in agriculture in 2020 in Bangladesh’s universities for human resource development.
ADB will develop curriculum in these fields too.Collaborations and connectivity among ADB, UGC and universities are highly needed to expedite the proposed projects, he said.
Prof Mannan said the proposed projects will play a significant role for country’s human resource development in IT and agricultural sectors and it will help to accelerate the Digital Bangladesh initiative.
Mentioning that Bangladesh made substantial progress in IT and agricultural sectors, he said action plans are needed to implement the proposed projects.
ADB officials Eisuke Tajima, Seong-Ryong Lee, Dr Zhigang Li, and SM Ebadur Rahman and UGC members Prof Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, and Prof Dr Md Akhtar Hossain were also present on the occasion.