Published:  12:39 AM, 13 September 2018

Equipping students with ICT skills

The need for spreading scientific and technological education and for that reason making adequate investment in ICT education is beyond argument in the present era of highly advanced technology. It can be said plainly that only the nations that will have human resources skilled in technological education, or more specifically in information communication technology, will take the lead in global competition.

Hence, in order to be able face the future challenges in this globalised world Bangladesh also needs to develop the knowledge and skills of its people to international standard. To that end, students would have to be prepared with the knowledge of information technology by increasing the use of IT in every stage of education.

The authorities, especially those of universities, must therefore work sincerely to ensure time-befitting world standard education reviewing the academic curriculum of well-regarded best universities around the world.

We feel if our youths can exploit the potentialities of the information communication technology sector we will not have to look back in our march towards attaining our anticipated development target by strengthening our global competiveness.

We have no hesitation in saying that it is the young generation, who tends to be creative, adaptable and innovative, can stand a greater chance to benefit more from ICT and thus garner social and economic development and that ICT can empower youth by providing them with the opportunity to overcome distance barriers and socio-economic disadvantages.

It goes without saying the slogan 'Digital Bangladesh' with 'Vision 2021' has been a big impetus for the use of digital technology in Bangladesh and so far has played significant role in national development.

However, only the sky is the limit to what can be earned by using ICT. And Bangladesh, having a huge populace, most of which are youth, has enormous potential to make the best use of it. So, there is little scope for us to feel complacent with what we have achieved so far.

In order to be able to make the most of the potentialities of the sector for the country and thereby turn its ICT dream into a reality we have to prepare our future generation with advanced knowledge on ever changing technological trend, like the President has pointed out.

The government has introduced a compulsory subject on ICT from the sixth grade to HSC level, which reflects its honest intent, but due to various constraints such as shortage of efficient teachers on relevant subject and a lack of infrastructural provision in most of the academic institutions the objective of the initiative cannot be attained fully.

It is our hope the government will take effective measures to remove these obstacles. Besides the government, the private sector institutions, colleges and universities in particular, also have a major role to play in this respect.        

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