State Minister for Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Polok said the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to build digital Bangladesh.
He said the technology-friendly government has been working relentlessly for substantial and sustainable development of ICT sector besides making the future generation technologically competent.
He was sharing views at Circuit House on Sunday as chief guest with heads of the institutions who established 'Sheikh Russel Digital Laboratory' in Rajshahi division. Abdul Quddus, MP, former vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof Abdus Sobhan, Principal of Rajshahi College Prof Habibur Rahman also spoke.
State Minister Junaid Polok said now the students are attending classes in multimedia classrooms.
In 2001, Sheikh Russel Digital Laboratory were established in educational institutions across the country including 42 in Rajshahi division to make the future generation competent and fit for the present challenging era.
He said 10,000 more digital laboratories will be established by 2018. The government will implement all necessary programmes to ensure earning target of five billion dollars in ICT sector by 2021.
The government has taken steps to impart training to 55,000 students on ICT to create skilled manpower in the ICT sector in the next two years so that they can work in any country across the globe.
These laboratories are providing free training to thousands of youths so that they can earn from home using technological tools.
Since 2015, about 50,000 youths including 12,000 females have received training in the field of information technology.
The training programme in 64 districts involves both basic and advanced level of learning. Basic training lasts for a week and focuses on fundamental computer literacy, added the ICT state minister.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)