CHITTAGONG, Apr 12: Chittagong BGMEA Institute of Fashion and Technology will be turned into a university in near future, but that needs necessary infrastructure and faculties.
Organisers are proceeding towards opening the post-graduate level of studies with the inclusion of several other courses.
Currently CBIFT has 350 students in the course of Apparel Manufacture and Technology (AMT) and Fashion Design and Technology (FDT) of four-year graduation course.
Director of the CBIFT and former first vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Nasir Uddin Chowdhury said these at a press conference at the hall room of the Institute at the BGMEA Building at Khulsi in the city on Wednesday.
He said that the first batch of B.Sc Honours in AMT and FDT numbering 26 students has successfully completed their graduation.
The Institute is affiliated with the National University, Bangladesh.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will hand over certificates of passing out to them on April 15 at a ceremony at the Institute. Fourteen students of the AMT and 12 students of the FDT will receive certificates.
The CBIFT started its journey with 34 students in the B. Sc Honours course in 2013 with an aim to generate technically sound human resources for readymade garment (RMG) sector at the 10th and 11th floor of the BGMEA Building.
Nasir Chowdhury said the students having graduation from the CBIFT are now working as internee in seven industries in the country.
Already they have got employment and will join their offices just after receiving the certificates.
Five years back, there were 5000 experts from abroad in the country but now the number of foreign experts is about 1000.
This has saved a good amount of foreign currency in the country, he said.
BGMEA leaders Md Ershad Ullah, Md Ferdous, Saif Ullah Mansur, Helal Uddin Chowdhury, Syed Nazrul Islam, SM Chowdhury Selim, Hasanuzzaman Chowdhury and principal of the CBIFT Engineer Abdul Mannan were present at the press conference.