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Plans for introducing departments and courses on coal studies in five universities

In an attempt to strengthening the academic footing on coal related studies, the government has taken initiatives to introduce coal power plant and coal-mining related departments and subsequent courses in five public universities of the country.

These five universities are- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) and Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET).

The attempt of introducing academic discipline on coal is taken as the government has taken many large coal-based power projects to generate electricity. There are also attempts taken to extract indigenous coal from mines located inside the country.

Talking with energynewsbd.com, A T M Mostofa Kamal, deputy secretary of power division under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources said that a meeting to discuss on this issue will be held on October 13 in Bidyut Bhaban of the capital.

“There will be a meeting to discuss on October 13 in Bidyut Bhaban in the city where we have invited Vice-Chancellors of those five universities, Secretaries from several ministries and stake holders concerned,” he said.

“Since the government is going to take many mega coal-based projects and we need skilled manpower in future, we are thinking of introducing these departments and courses in the universities,” he added.

About the latest government attempt, Professor Saiful Islam, Vice-Chancellor of BUET told energynewsbd.com that he would attend the meeting.

“There we will discuss if introduction of these new courses or departments is important or not,” he said adding that BUET would place their own suggestion and recommendation.

It is to be noted that the Power Division has already prepared a road map to generate around 20,000MW of electricity from coal-based power plants by 2030.

Of the targeted amount, 11,250MW of electricity will be generated using domestically produced coal, while the rest will be generated using imported coal.

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