Vol. 5 Num 64 Fri. July 30, 2004  
Letters to Editor

ICT job seekers and professionals

This letter is in response to the letter "An open letter to ICT job seekers" by the Vice President of Southtech Limited published on 28 July, 2004. It was mentioned that ICT job seekers don't have adequate skills to meet the employers' requirements. I agree with the point in general, but there are good ICT professionals in Bangladesh - I also believe.

If we look into the background of ICT and its profession in Bangladesh, the reason behind not getting adequate skilled professionals will be clear to us. This is an open profession and anyone who understands mathematics, logic and English can do well.

In the late 1990s, thousands of university and college educated people from different academic background came (or tried to come) into this profession to survive in the country and some had the goal of going to the US . Besides, many private universities and training institutions have been established so far. A few of these may be good in producing a few good professionals but most of these cannot ensure any kind of standards in terms of quality of education. These are the main reasons of having thousands of ICT professionals without reasonable standard of skills. On the other hand, I believe that there are some excellent ICT professionals around the country specially in Dhaka. But have we ever thought about the balance of their skills and remuneration that we can offer? How many of local companies can really afford (or want to afford) these talented professionals? How many of these companies can really provide all standard benefits for the employees?

Government and corporate sectors can invest in this possible sector which will attract foreign investment and will create more jobs. The final result would be better economy for the country.