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Prof Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh speaking as the chief guest at a national workshop on \"Agro-Industrial Research and Development Issues of Bangladesh: Bridging Public and Private Initiatives\" jointly organized by I

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Innovation Hub of Daffodil International University (DIU) and ACI Ltd jointly organized a national workshop on "Agro-Industrial Research and Development Issues of Bangladesh: Bridging Public and Private Initiatives" on Monday at Banquet Hall of DIU, Prof Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) was present as the Chief Guest at the program. Prof M Ali Akbar, Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Anis-Ud-Dowla, Chairman ACI Ltd. were present as special guests at the program. Prof Dr Yousuf M Islam, Vice Chancellor, DIU presided over the program.
The function was also addressed among others by, Syed Mizanur Rahman Raju, Director, Student Affairs, Golam Monowar Kamal, Director Innovation Hub of DIU, Dr FH Ansary, Executive Director (Agreebusiness), AFM Fokhrul Islam Munshi, President, BAPA and Prof Dr MA Sattar Mondal, Chairman, Technical Division of  ACI Ltd.
Addressing as the chief guest UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, said, still now our economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, so there is no alternate of modernizing and time befitting the agriculture sector. For this research works on agriculture will have to be increased as well as entrepreneurs, business community and alumni should come forward in this regard. When the business community will come forward then industry -agriculture linkage will be established.
Referring the examples of Chine, Vietnam and Mongolia, Prof Mannan also said, Bangladesh has achieved self sufficiency in food and this was possible only for agricultural revolution. And this revolution has come into success due to contribution of Agri-researchers and technology experts. If we want to a middle income country we will have to keep up the speed of agricultural revolution in coming days and for this agricultural research fund should be increased in university level, he added.  
While addressing as special guest Anis-Ud-Dowla, Chairman ACI Ltd said, to change the management system of Bangladesh agriculture, researchers, Scientists and entrepreneurs will have to work all together. That means, scientists and researchers will develop news technologies and business community and entrepreneurs will reach those to the doorsteps of the farmers and for this public and private organizations needs to work jointly. This type of National workshop will find out the problems prevailing in agricultural sectors, he added.   
While addressing, Vice Chancellor of BAU said, BAU has been playing a vital role in development of agricultural sectors and the university is working to make the agricultural sector technology friendly and at this our agricultural system has modernized which reflected on our economy.  He said, like DIU, other universities should come forward and stress more on agro -industrial research innovation.
At the presidential address Vice Chancellor of DIU Prof Dr Yousuf M Islam said, the education system in tertiary level in our country is mainly theoretical based. Practical class opportunity is not sufficient. If the industrial organizations come forward to mitigate this problem, the students would get easy opportunity to gain practical knowledge beside theoretical knowledge.

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