With the future only looking up at the current point of our lives, our arsenals loaded with innovative strategies for a better tomorrow, the same can be said about robotics. Robotics, the interdisciplinary branch of engineering that involves the application of mechanical and electrical engineering with a touch of computer science and artificial intelligence.
Bangladesh is a country where there is a scarcity of academic support for robotics, with universities lagging in catering departments and labs dedicated to robotics. An exception to this is the BRAC University Robotics Research lab, the Recently Robotics and Instrumentation Lab introduced in BAEC at the Institute of Electronics (IE), and the Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering Department (RMED) of Dhaka University established in 2015. The department marked the outset of mechatronics engineering education in the country.
These initiatives list the initial steps taken by Bangladesh for mimicking the world’s advancement towards robotics.
However, the lack of funds for robotics research and shaping its infrastructure has proven to be a major setback for enthusiastic youths. It is observed more often than not that the young generation of Bangladesh reaches out to the internet for specific robotics information. Keeping these vulnerabilities in mind, it is advised that they take up the practice of applied and basic research for closing the gap between us and robotics in Bangladesh.
Our youth has only exhibited its potential in robotics by embarking into international tournaments and emerging as champions. With a startling win of one gold, two silver and six bronze medals in the 21st International Robotics Olympiad in Thailand in 2019, Team Monamie of Bangladesh stood tall in the finale.
Even more so, some gifted Bangladeshi students of BRAC University Robotics Research lab in 2016, despite such adverse factors, introduced multidimensional robotics, the Smart Irrigation, and Soil Component Test. This model brought evolution to the agriculture sector of the nation.
These handfuls of achievements are pioneers for the youth in a labor-laden country.
The Bangladesh robotics industry can see a breakthrough in the application of robotics in agriculture and the development of horticulture. Duties of mowing grass, spraying pesticides, and monitoring crops have now started to be delegated on the automated pieces of machinery. The man-machine ratio, which is still critical, has been through some amelioration, which improved the productivity and quality of work done. Additionally, the Bangladesh robotics industry is engaged in the production of plastic, apparel, and automobiles plants and printing firms to make products. This, including the enthusiast of local firms towards employing robots, has proven effective in improving competitiveness and winning the trust of foreign clients. The healthcare industry has also met with some drastic improvements, with the father-daughter duo springing the sequenced genome of coronavirus that can essentially lead to the birth of a vaccine. Dr. Samir and Senjuti Saha harnessed the tools catered by bio-robotics and brought forth pride for the entire nation.
It cannot be denied that avenues have now been opened for the Bangladesh robotics industry with farmers capitalizing on prototypes sprouting from the growing field of robotics in Bangladesh. Additionally, better service by the healthcare sector as a result of doctors equipped with high-tech instruments, such as clinical ventilators, disinfectant system. This not only displays the prospect of establishing a higher standard of living but brings with it the scope of ridding Bangladesh of its reputation of being a labor-driven nation.
Small-scale industries, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and even local firms are quick to embrace the advancements of robotics in Bangladesh. And this is being done to improve productiveness as well as eliminate the risk of human error. Though this does not bring the need for physical laborers to be on a lookout for unemployment as new revenues will soon be set up to replace them.
The robotics industry of Bangladesh may be in its tertiary stage, but it’s being nurtured and will soon be brought to its potential with the support of enthusiastic youths and the initiatives taken by academics to further the approach to robotics. The dream of transforming the source of economy of Bangladesh from manual labor to innovative automated employees in the agriculture industry, the nation’s largest employer, is yet to be true, but not impossible.