Bangladesh turns around thru’ ICT: Palak

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet | Published: 01:51, Apr 21,2019

 
 

SUST professor Zafar Iqbal receives ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak during a lecture of the minister at a technology festival on the campus on Saturday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh has turned around from poverty due to unhindered use of information and communication technology and thousands of youths were being recruited at different institutions in this sector.
The information and communication technology affairs state-minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Saturday said this, adding that the ICT had now turned as the third largest field of foreign exchange earner in the country after the garments and remittance sectors.
‘Bangladesh is no more a bottomless basket. It has turned around in different sectors. We do not want now to create jobseekers only, rather we want those who will be much interested to generate jobs,’ the state-minister said adding that his government is providing all kinds of supports to the entrepreneurs.
Palak was addressing an event styled ‘Tech Talk with Zunaid Ahmed Palak’ at the two-day ‘SUST Techfest’, a competition on computer programming and information technology, at Dr MA Wazed Mia ICT Building at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology as chief guest.
Describing use of ICT as one of the crucial factors for resisting irregularities and corruption in the society, Palak said that the trend of ‘tender-business’ has come down after launching e-Government Procurement process in the country.
He said ICT labs have been installed at 40 universities in the country and specialized ICT labs also would be installed soon at 130 more universities.
Recalling his government’s vital role in creating scope of jobs for the new generation through ‘Innovation Design Entrepreneur Academy’, the ICT state-minister said that only 56 lakh people were using internet 10 years ago, and around 10 crore people of the country are now using the internet.
“Four thousand five hundred unions of the country would be brought under broadband internet within 2020,” Palak hoped.
SUST treasurer Anwarul Islam Dipu and its computer science and technology department former chief and popular author Muhammad Zafar Iqbal also addressed the ‘Talk Tech’ programme as special guests.
The university Computer Science and Engineering Department arranged the two-day programme in association with LICT, Leveraging ICT, project of Bangladesh Computer Council under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology, to encourage the students in enhancing their skill in the field.
Around 1,200 competitors from 54 universities, including Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Jahangir Nagar University, Rajshahi University and Chittagong University of the country, were participating in the two-day festival that began on Friday, the organisers said.
Contests on programming, robo fight, hackathon, project exhibition and maze solving events were held in the two day festivals that ended on Saturday.

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