The Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) tied up with the International Labour Organization (ILO) for a three–day program in building capacity of fifteen (15) principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Bangladesh on Strategic Planning. The program was held from March 29 to 31, 2011 at CPSC, Manila, Philippines.
The program is a significant component of the TVET Reform Project being undertaken by the ILO where CPSC is a collaborating organization. During the inaugural program, CPSC Director General Dr. Shyamal Majumdar commended the ILO for undertaking such project and emphasized on the challenges in TVET such as its image building and some ways to overcome them.
The following high ranking public officials of CPSC member country Bangladesh namely: Mr. Md. Sirajul Islam, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Education; Mr. K.M. Mozammel Hoq, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Education; and Mr. Md. Abdur Razzaque, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment; including the Principal of the Bangladesh College of Leather and Technology, Prof. Dr. Md. Idris Ali, graced the opening program. While, Ms. Sandra June Chan, Management and Teachers’ Training Expert, represented ILO for TVET Reform Project during the opening day of the program.
Ministry of Education Additional Secretary, Mr. Md. Islam discussed the recent initiatives in TVET in their country particularly in the areas of human resources development and public private partnership. He also thanked CPSC for the full support to the government of Bangladesh through training VET Managers on strategic planning.
The program focused on the need for strategic planning for the development of TVET and provided knowledge and skills on advanced tools and approaches for strategic planning. The participants were also guided to prepare action plans for developing a strategic plan for their respective TVET institutions.
Dr. Renato M. Sorolla, erstwhile CPSC Specialist and College Professor at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST), Iloilo City, Philippines acted as Program Coordinator and Chief Resource Person. Dr. Romulita Alto, former CPSC Faculty Consultant and Research Consultant at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Manila, Philippines and Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, CPSC Specialist also acted as Resource Persons.