Vol. 4 Num 134 Tue. October 07, 2003  
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No alternative to IT education: PM
Foundation of Feni Computer Instt laid

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has taken allout measures to ensure application of information technology (IT) at all levels for development.

The prime minister said this while laying the foundation of Tk 24 crore Feni Computer Institute, the country's first ever institute at the government level, for expansion of IT education.

"In the present world of information technology, there is no alternative to acquiring efficiency in IT to cope with the competitive open market economy and the present era of globalization," she said after unveiling the plaque of the institute.

Presided over by Joynal Abedin MP, the function was addressed, among others, by LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, primary and mass education advisor to the prime minister Prof Jahanara Begum, State Minister for Education A N M Ehsanul Huq Milon, Maj (retd) Sayed Iskander MP, Mosharraf Hossain, MP and Education Secretary M Shahidul Alam. Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin.

Responding to the demand of local parliament members, she said, the development works of Feni, including construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructures would be done in phases.

"The hostel of Shaheed Zia Women's College will also be built soon," she added. A total of 160 diploma and certificate level students would get opportunity to take computer education each year after installation of the institute.

Listing development programme undertaken by the government in IT sector, the prime minister said multi-dimensional and pragmatic steps have been taken to flourish and develop IT sector in the country.

"A high-level taskforce led by prime minister has been formed in flourishing IT sector. An ICT (Information and Communication Technology) policy has also been adopted in this regard", she said.

The Prime Minister said apart from this, the process to promulgate ICT act has started and the government has undertaken a project to set up submarine cable in the country.

An ICT incubator center has been set up at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka while the work for establishing the high tech park at Kaliakoir in Gazipur is progressing fast, she added.

She said the government has undertaken massive programmes to provide computer education at school level along with all vocational educational institutions.

Steps have been taken to impart computer training to the teachers of all higher secondary schools, she said, adding that distribution of computers among all the schools has already started.

The prime minister said the present government has allocated Tk 15 crore to country's five universities to groom skilled and efficient computer programmers and trainers.

The government has also a plan to set up computer lab in one school and a college in each district headquarters across the country, she said.

"We have got a request from 22 organisations in Europe and America to provide ICT service with distribution of computer software developed by the Bangladeshi youths working in different local ICT organisations," the prime minister said.