Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu visits a stall after inaugurating a tw-day DIU NFE Career Expo 2018 organised by Department of Nutrition and Food Engineering of Daffodil International University at Savar in Dhaka on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent
The two-day DIU Career Expo 2018 concluded at the permanent campus of Daffodil International University (DIU) on Friday created much attraction among the
graduates of the DIU and other varsities.
Department of Nutrition and Food Engineering (NFE) of Daffodil International University in collaboration with Bangladesh Agro Processor’s Association (BAPA) organised the career expo, while Skill.jobs is the career partner of the event.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu inaugurated the expo as the chief guest at Shadhinota Milonayoyton of the university at Datta Para, Ashulia, Savar, Dhaka on Thursday.
A F M Fokhrul Islam Munshi, President, Bangladesh Agro Processor’s Association (BAPA), Shah A Sarwar, Managing Director, IFIC Bank Bangladesh Ltd, Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed, Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services, ICDDR,B and Professor Dr. S M Mahabub-Ul-Haque Majumder, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University were present as the special guests.
Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahabubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of the university presided over the inaugural ceremony.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ismail Mostafa, Dean, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences and Professor Dr. Md. Bellal Hossain, Head, Department of Nutrition and Food Engineering spoke at the programme. Senior Lecturer Fouzia Akter and Adjunct Faculty Dr. Amir Ahmed of NFE Department moderated the programme.
After inaugurating the expo, the minister visited different stalls and projects presented by the students. Later, he inaugurated the ‘Multi-Commodity Solar Tunnel Drier Plant (MCSTD) which has been set up in the permanent campus of DIU by CIRDAP with technical assistance from Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) with the objective to promote and encourage the production of quality dried agricultural and fisheries in Bangladesh. While speaking, the minister said, at present around 25 lakh traders are related with food product business and there are 246 high-quality medium-size food production industries in operation.
These industries face scarcity of high technological and skilled manpower whereas the fresh graduates don’t get jobs because they are not sound in technical education. Besides, they lack adequate knowledge on technology.
He urged the students to be well equipped with technical know-how besides academic learning. He also urged the educational institutions to take initiatives to make syllabus time befitting and producing graduates as per industry requirement. The minister also stressed on the need for strengthening the industry–academia linkage.
Industries minister said, the innovation of ‘Multi-Commodity Solar Tunnel Drier Plant (MCSTD) is an appreciable initiative of NFE Department and will open a new era for our agricultural sector. Preserving Perishable agro based products will do good to the farmer, agro based entrepreneurs and policy makers. Through this initiative ensuring food safety, we will be able to go ahead to achieve the sustainable development goal, he added.
Over 40 industries are taking part in the event with stalls to display their products and services. Participants from different donour agencies, government and non-government organisations attended the programme. Students of DIU will get an opportunity of career consultation along with on spot interview facilities with the joining organizations.