Published:  01:59 AM, 08 April 2021

'Youths need to be prepared to lead changing world'

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak urged young people to be prepared to lead changing world through the acquisition of technology to establishing Bangladesh as a knowledge-based society in the world.

He made these remarks virtually as the chief guest at the inauguration of 'GP Explorers 2.0', organized by Grameenphone on Wednesday. "Human resources are very valuable assets and if we can build skilled human resources, it will be possible to bring radical change in all fields including future economy," Palak said.

"The world is changing rapidly with the help of digitalization. Youth should not adapt to the changing world, they have to prepare themselves to create a spot of leadership through the acquisition of technology. Young people need to acquire knowledge all the time. It would not be possible to manage one's career for the rest of one's life by acquiring skills in a particular subject during the 4th Industrial Revolution," he said. GP Explorers 2.0 is playing an important role in providing training to the youth in various skills on modern technology, he added.

The State Minister also called for giving utmost importance to Bengali and English as well, like computer language coding and programming education.  "Eight thousands Sheikh Russell Digital Labs have been set up at the secondary and higher secondary levels at the initiative of the ICT department to impart basic knowledge in technology including coding and programming to the youth of the country.

Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation center and 300 schools of the future were being set up in 64 districts in the country and the Sheikh Hasina Institute of Frontier Technology is being established to enable the new generation to lead the technology world," he further said, adding that."More than 4 million students will be connected to the free text digital platform by 2021. At present more than 10 lakh students are associated with this platform.

Due to the corona pandemic, travel from one country to another has almost stopped in the global village and communication has been reduced by about 80 percent. In such a hostile situation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's dynamic leadership and timely steps have made it possible to keep Bangladesh's GDP at 5.2 percent. Bangladesh has been able to gain the status of a least developed to developing country"

Solaiman Alam, Chief Digital and Strategy Officer, Grameenphone, Saad Jashim, Head of Human Resources, British American Tobacco Bangladesh, Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer, Grameenphone, Lamiya Bushra, Unit Chief, Human Resources, Mutual Trust Bank were also present at the event.

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