Mr. M A Mannan, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Planning addressing as the chief guest at the inaugural session of the three day ‘International Summit on Employability & Soft Skills’ began at Daffodil International University.
Tree day ‘International Summit on Employability & Soft Skills’ ended at Daffodil International University from from 23-25 March 2017. To create a platform for the academics, researchers, employers and graduates for networking and discussing the skills gap agenda Daffodil International University in association with Uniuversiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia, and strategic partners organized this summit.
Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University handing over a memento of the university to Mr. M A Mannan, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Mr. M A Mannan, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh inaugurated the conference as Chief Guest at the auditorium of Permanent campus at Datta Para, Ashulia Savar, Dhaka. Dr. Ranjit Singh Malhi, CEO & Principal Consultant, TQM Consultants Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia was present as Special Guest. Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University presided over the program. The inaugural program was also addressed by Prof. Dr. Yousuf M Islam, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. S M Mahbubul Haque Majumder, Pro Vice Chancellor and Prof. Dr. Farid A Sobhani, Convener , ISESS 2017 and Director, HRDI of Daffodil International University. The strategic partners of the summit are Australian Academy of Business Leaders (AABL), JOBSBD, Bangladesh Society for Human Resource Management (BSHRM) and Bangladesh Skill Development Institute (BSDI),
Panel Discussants at the session on "Meet the Experts: Employability and Soft Skills"
The Objective of the Summit is to share research innovations and recent developments for improving employability and soft skills among the graduates and to provide an avenue for the training of trainers on innovative educational products and projects. The theme of the summit is “Developing Employability and Soft Skills among graduates.
Addressing As the chief guest Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Planning Mr. M A Mannan, MP said Bangladesh has entered into the highway of development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The country already has gained tremendous success in education, health, agriculture, economy, food and communication sectors and you are really lucky that you are proud part of all these development and change of the country. We would not see any speed breaker on this development highway, he added. To sustain this development he urged the students to achieve the employable soft skills during student life to face the challenges of global job market.
Addressing as the Special guest Mr. Ranjit Singh Malhi said, A degree is only a way to entrance in interview board, nothing else. A degree can’t give you a job. You can get a job if you have enough soft skills. So, before complete your graduation you have to gain some soft skills like thinking skills, Communication skills and sense of responsibility. He also said, to get a job is not your credit but sustain in your job is your credits.
Mr. Md. Sabur Khan said, Job seekers always blames that there is no job opportunity and employers said, we don’t find skilled person. So, we can see, there lays a gap between job seekers and employers. The purpose of this International summit is to find out this gap. Hope so, we will find out a way of employability and soft skills.
Mr. Khan also said, Daffodil International University really wants to build up a skilled generation. That is why there is a course titled ‘360 degree’ is added for graduate level students to learn and gain soft skills required for employability.
Mr. S. M. Sohel Rana, School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship, University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia receiving best papert award from Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University
The three day summit includes research paper presentation, series of workshops and meets the expert’s sessions. Peer reviewed and selected 27 research papers in three categories i.e., Employability in the Bangladesh Perspective, Employability in the Global Perspective and Academic Integrity of Employability Issues. Mr. Nicholas Mcdonalds, President, Australian Academy of Business Leaders (AABL) joined in the ‘Meet the Experts’ session through online. A total of 200 participants from 11 countries including India, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Nepal, Nigeria, Somalia, Djibouti and Bangladesh will participate in the summit.
The Panel discussants of the Meet the Experts: Employability and Soft Skills were Ms. Kaniz Fatema ndc, Director General (Secretary to the Govt.), National Academy for Planning and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr. Mustak Hassan Md Iftekhar, Chairman (Additional Secretary to the Govt.), Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Dhaka, Bangladesh, Prof. Dr. ANM Meshquat Uddin, Vice-Chancellor, South East University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Rtn. Md. Mashequr Rahman Khan, Vice-President, BSHRM, Chairman & Managing Director, PTDCA, Dhaka, Bangladesh , Prof. Dr. Syestranat Patnaik, Adviser to Founder, Kalinga University of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, India . Meet the Experts: Employability and Soft Skills session were moderated by Mr. Syed Mizanur Rahman Raju, Director of Student Affairs.
Mr. Mohammed Masum Iqbal, Associate Professor and Head,Department of Business Administration receiving best papert award from Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University
Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Honorable Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University was present as the chief guest at the Best Papers Award giving ceremony and handed over the award among the winners.
The best paper award goes to “ Graduate Employability: Industry Requirements and Responsibilities of Institutions of Higher Education” authored by Mr. S. M. Sohel Rana, School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship, University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia and Ms. Asma Akter, School of Human Development and Techno-communication, University Malaysia Perlis ((UniMAP), Malaysia
The 2nd Best Paper award goes to “Key Soft Skills Influencing the Employment Decision of the Employers: A Case Study on Graduates of Business of Dhaka City” authored by Mr. Mohammed Masum Iqbal and Mr. Nurul Mohammad Zayed, Department of Business Administration of Daffodil International University, Dhaka
The 3rd Best Paper Award goes to “Graduate Employability Agenda and Inculcation of Soft Skills in Higher Education” authored by Dr. Ranjit Singh Malhi, TQM Consultants Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia