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7th Textile Talent Hunt kicks off

  • Published at 10:41 pm November 24th, 2019
Organizers of the 7th Textile Talent Hunt at the launching ceremony of the competition at the Daily Star Centre on Sunday, November 24, 2019 Courtesy

The competition, held at the Daily Star Centre, was organized in collaboration with TEAM Group

Bangladesh Textile Today, a textile-based monthly magazine, launched the 7th edition of a talent grooming competition titled "Textile Talent Hunt 2019-20" in the capital on Sunday.

The competition, held at the Daily Star Centre, was organized in collaboration with TEAM Group.

Professor Ayub Nabi Khan, acting vice chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, presided over the program while Abdullah Hil Rakib, managing director of Team Group, was present as chief guest.

Tareq Amin, founder and CEO of Bangladesh Textile Today, who moderated the program, said Textile Talent Hunt in the previous seasons strived to discover talents from textile and fashion design institutes.

"But this year, we have expanded our coverage to discover talents from all major universities across the country," he added.

Forty universities were initially shortlisted for the purpose and official letters seeking their participation were being sent to them, organizers said.

Until February 8, the interested university students including under grade ones could register themselves for the competition, they added.

The final completion will be held in June-July next year.

 Professor Ayub Nabi Khan said the new competition outlook would enable the textile and apparel industry to get 100 transformation leaders able to make a difference ahead of the fourth industrial revolution.

Abdullah Hil Rakib said: "The objective of finding 100 transformation leaders should have been undertaken long ago. But if we can still make it happen, it can help us to add new dimensions in the textile and apparel sector."

In a presentation, Tareq Amin said this time Textile Talent Hunt was looking for transformation leaders (TLs) from each university through leadership training, audition and aptitude tests. 

About 2,000 students were expected to participate in the competition, he added. 

From them around 100 TLs will be selected for the competition through a 10-day series of evaluations and tests. 

Around Tk50 lakh will be spent to evaluate 100 ideas by 100 "Transformation Teams." 

Each transformation team will consist of one transformation leader, who will be given one industry mentor/expert, one project supervisor from industry, and an additional project supervisor from university. 

Selected 100 TLs will be trained, groomed and tagged with about 50 companies to develop "practically tested transformation model" and address several vital issues such as setting blueprints to overcome the challenges regarding the textile industry. 

Among others, Amanur Rahman, director, Dysin Chem International Ltd, Hironori Fujisawa, managing director, Hong Kong Nicca Chemical Ltd, and Syed Mohammad Ismail, country head, Archroma (Bangladesh) Ltd also addressed the ceremony.

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