In addition to the existing 40 vocational textile institutes, the country would have 23 more such institutes in as many districts, Mirza Azam, Minister of State for Textiles and Jute, has said, reports BSS.
The Minister was addressing a workshop at the Jute Diversification Promotion Centre in Dhaka. It was organized by the project for the establishment of 10 textile vocational institutes under the textile department.
Mr. Azam said the garment sector earns the lion’s share of foreign exchange for the country. He added that the sector was progressing rapidly and exports would double in next five years.
He informed that a decision had already been taken to upgrade the Department of Textiles to a directorate, which would operate as the apparel authority of the country.
The Department of Textiles imparts technical training through its educational institutions to fulfill the demand of textile technicians and skilled manpower for textile sector, especially the readymade garment sector. It controls six textile engineering colleges which provide 4-year B.Sc in Textile Engineering, six textile institutes that offer 4-year diploma course and more than 30 textile vocational institutes that offer 2-year secondary school certificate equivalent course.
Garment exports from Bangladesh increased by 15.38 percent to US$ 19.97 billion during July-April 2013-14, as against exports of $17.307 billion made during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to the data from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
With the presence of more than 5,000 garment factories that together employ nearly 4.2 million workers, Bangladesh is currently the second-largest garment exporter in the world, next only to China.
In last fiscal year 2012-13, Bangladesh exported $11.039 billion worth of woven garments and $10.475 billion worth of knitwear.