ICT-based services expand in Rajshahi

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rajshahi | Published at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

Use of information and communication technology expanded significantly in all spheres of life in Rajshahi division to supplement the efforts of building a digital Bangladesh.

People are getting e-services related to various emergency issues including national identity card, land documents, training, education and health.

Like many other sectors, the education sector has witnessed revolutionary changes including introduction of multimedia classrooms and imparting education through developing digital content.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman said that 563 union digital centres, 61 municipality digital centres and 30 city digital centres were functioning in eight districts under the division in order to reach the public services to the doorsteps of grassroots people.

He said more than 5,828 multimedia classrooms were installed in educational institutions in the division opening up a new door of expediting the process of modernisation in education system.

Multimedia classrooms were installed in 484 colleges, 2,415 secondary schools and 2,929 primary schools. Sheikh Russell Digital Laboratories were established in 102 colleges, 375 secondary schools and 12 primary schools in order to create skilled workforce in the country.

Rahman said use of ICT, particularly introduction of multimedia classroom, was making classrooms more interesting among the students. Multimedia had made difficult texts easily understandable to the students through visual contents, he added.

He further added that digital Bangladesh was one of the 10 special initiatives of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

There is multimedia classroom in BCSIR Laboratory High School at Binodpur in Rajshahi city where classes are being held through projector regularly.

Students are getting education in an easy method of seeing picture and video through multimedia. ‘We are being benefited enormously in this modern method,’ said Hamida Akter, a student of class nine.

Alamgir Hossain, a teacher of the school, said the students were becoming more attentive for the multimedia classes in comparison to the conventional ones.

Like other parts of the country, e-commerce has been promoted in Rajshahi region significantly. Learning and earning, freelancing, outsourcing, e-shopping, b-cash and rocket have created massive scopes of financial transaction and income generation.

Sowmik Sen Gupta, 26, a resident of Ghoramara area in the city, is doing works of outsourcing through development of various online and IT sector-based software and webpage designs.

He said, ‘I earn more money than that of any regular job by dint of the efforts of building digital Bangladesh.’ He attributed that the present government opened up new doors for the young generation through flourishing of the ICT sector.

‘I’m doing works of outsourcing. I have learnt how to earn money through outsourcing. Now, I’m self-reliant. My incomes meet up my educational expenses side by side with helping my family,’ said Labony Akter, a student of Rajshahi College.

Ziaul Haque, entrepreneur of Huzripara Union Digital Centre of Paba, has become a successful freelancer who earns more than Tk 75,000-80,000 per month.

Professor Shamim Ahmed of computer science and engineering department in Rajshahi University said many trained youths were earning handsome amount of money from the outsourcing sector.