Last week in Tangail and Dhaka I met with the lecturers and students from Scotland who are working on a collaborative project with Tangail textile engineering college to develop a course on fashion design. The project is supported by the British Council and is already in its second year. Lecturers and students from the Scottish Colleges (Telford College and Cardonald College) and from Tangail Textile College (BITT) have visited each other’s college and the project is developing well, with both parties very enthusiastic about this collaboration. I was keen to see this forward thinking college and meet the lecturer’s so on a sunny morning I made my way to meet some of the staff (the students are away for the week). Their commitment to their collaborative project was evident from the trees planted by Kim and Joyce on their last visit.
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The college is government funded and teaches all aspects of textile engineering and technology (very much like CTET) but is set up more recently. There is a variety of machinery and facilities for garment construction, testing, spinning, dyeing and printing, weaving and knitting. Like CTET most of the equipment functions better than others, with the sewing and testing labs in full operation. The equipment is well looked after and the space is vast. I loved seeing the wet processing room with all the equipment raised on pedestals! I was expecting a miracle and to see fully operational looms too but the visit to the weaving lab proved there seems to be a general problem getting technical staff with appropriate training to run the looms.
I am baffled as to why a country with such skill and growth in the industrial textile sector cannot support its educational facilities with better technical training and maintenance. At the same time I realise how different the woven textiles teaching experience is in the UK, where theory and practice is combined. Maybe the need to have weaving machines operating would only come from a shift in the curriculum? I wonder if the industry contacts here in Bangladesh can step in and offer some technical support?
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