Dhaka, 13 Sept 2018: Posts, telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar today said country’s all unions would be brought under high speed internet connectivity by 2019 through fiber optic cable lines.

“Excepting 772 unions of remote areas all unions of the country will come under high speed internet connectivity by December this year and the rest will be by 2019, he told a concluding function of Top –Up IT and ITES Foundation Skills Training Programme’ organized by LICT Project of BCC under ICT Division.

Jabbar called upon the young generation to be skilled on emerging technology as the skills you have earned through the training will be obsolete in future.

“Time-befitting training is imperative at the moment as technology is changing very fast,” he said adding that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aware about this technological development and Bangladesh under her visionary leadership will lead Digital revolution in the days to come.  

Chaired by ICT Secretary Zuena Aziz the function was also addressed among others by Executive Director of BCC Partapratim Deb, Additional Secretary of ICT Division Rashadul Islam, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and LICT Component Team Leader Sami Ahmed and Project Director, Ernst & Young Kamal Mansharamani.

The programme was organized to mark the competition of training to build 30,000 skilled human resources under the World Bank financed Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of ICT Division. 

The UK based Ernst and Young (EY) conducted the training for the last three and half years to the meet the demand for skilled human resources of the ICT sector to some extent.

Of the total 30,000 trained human resources 10,000 received Top-Up IT training and 20,000 Foundation Skilled training. Of the 10,000 Top-Up IT trained manpower 4,059 were placed in the IT and IT Enabled Service (IT-ITES) sector till July 2018.  

Earlier while presenting a demo on sustainability of the training programme at BCC conference room Operation Manager of EY Suman Saha said the EY maintained quality of the training as a trainer’s pool was created by internationally reputed trainers.

The pre-assessment and post-assessment of trainees are conducted by National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the content was certified by the George Washington University, USA, he said adding the Training of Trainers (ToT) pool, course curriculum and monitoring tool developed under the training programme would be very useful for the future training programme.

Eminent Educationist and Professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Executive Director BCC Parthapratim Deb, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and Director Training of BCC Engineer Enamul Kabir spoke at the function.