Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid stressed the need to develop skilled human resources for exploration of oil, gas and marine resources of the country in the exclusive economic zone.
The minister was speaking at a seminar on 'Exclusive Economic Zone: Impact on Bangladesh Economy' held at East West University, Bangladesh on November 18, said a press release.
The seminar was organized by the university in collaboration with UGC/World Bank Sub Project: Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Development.
Nahid said, "We depend on foreigners for offshore drilling, marine resource, survey and many other similar activities. Marine resources in the country are not fully utilized due to lack of skilled human resources." He urged the universities to come forward to solve this problem by introducing subjects such as marine biology, oceanography etc.
Dr Dipu Moni, chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs and a former foreign minister, said that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a group of experts of the country brought a favourable verdict in the International Court on the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) issue through their dedicated hard work.
Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, chairperson of the Board of Trustees and former governor of Bangladesh Bank, and Prof Ahmed Shafee, vice chancellor of the EWU, also spoke at the seminar.