Letter To the Editor
Do something for unemployed youths
A British Council sponsored report on graduate unemployment in South Asia, published earlier this, year has generated a media storm in Bangladesh. Prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the report ranks Bangladesh above India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal in terms of employability of local graduates. As per estimates presented in the report, nearly 5 out of every 10 graduates in Bangladesh are unemployed (against 3 out of 10 in India and Pakistan). The report partly attributes graduate unemployment problem to the region's fast expanding but poor quality private education sector and use of outdated curriculum in public universities.
Graduate unemployment is not unique to countries like Bangladesh. Bangladesh's overall unemployment rate of 5 per cent is extremely worrying. As a matter of fact, a graduate unemployment figure nearly 10 times our overall unemployment rate puts the credibility of all Bangladeshi universities on the line. Considering this context government should really do something otherwise we will face self destructive social problems.
Student, Independent University of Bangladesh