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Putting thrust to marine education

It is quite disturbing to note that the Marine Science and Fisheries Institute of Chittagong University is confronted with numerous problems, impacting badly the academic activities of the students. A report of this newspaper on Wednesday sketched a precarious picture of the institute. When development is taking place in various sectors in the country, including the education sector, pitiable condition of such a pioneer institution cannot be imagined. Why this negligence and apathy to this important institution, when expansion of marine education is becoming increasingly very important?
Good performances of the learners of this institute cannot be expected if necessary facilities and other logistic supports are not adequately provided this institute. When the institution itself lacks infrastructural facilities including laboratories, the learners will hardly be able to have a thorough grasp over their subject. It is surprising to note that there is only one toilet for 500 students, including girl students, in the institute. So, the problem girl students facing here is easily understandable.
Bangladesh has immense possibilities for tapping the marine resources from the Bay of Bengal. This can contribute to the economic development of the country and create employment opportunity for a huge number of people. After the settlement of a longstanding dispute with Myanmar and India regarding the maritime boundary by a Hague-based international court, Bangladesh has got 19,467 kilometres out of 25,602 kilometres in the Bay of Bengal. This is a great achievement for the country. What is needed now is to lay due stress on this sector.
In the present perspective, the students of the institute have can make extensive research on the marine resources and blue economy. Some days ago Finance Minister AMA Muhith also talked about the necessity of harnessing the country’s ocean resources. It is the responsibility of the government and the institute authorities to create proper environment and extend necessary support to the students as well as researchers, expanding institute’s scope and ability.  
The country needs more marine resource experts for tapping the resources of the Bay of Bengal as exploring the potentials of blue economy is very vital to push the country’s economy to a larger destination, beyond the middle income status. For tapping sea resources, Bangladesh can very positively seek the help of Norway which takes the lead in the world in exploring the blue economy.
However, it was time for the relevant authorities to take quick measures for solving the problems of the students of the Marine Science and Fisheries Institute at Chittagong.

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