Project launched to make 30000 IT professionals

The government launched Leveraging ICT (LICT) for Growth, Employment and Governance Project of Bangladesh Computer Council under the ICT Division Saturday night aiming at developing 30,000 IT professionals in the next three years, reports BSS. Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Dr AK Azad Chowdhury inaugurated the LICT project at a function held at a city hotel as the chief guest with State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak in the chair. Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council SM Ashraful Islam, IT experts and officials of IT industry addressed the function while Vice Chancellors of different public and private universities, academicians, bureaucrats, IT industry leaders, experts, journalists and students, among others, were present on the occasion. Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance Project of BCC under ICT Division has launched “Top-up training for 10,000 IT and Science graduates and ITES Foundation Skills Training for 20,000 HSC, graduates and equivalent. Prof Azad said 30,000 youngsters are getting world class training from a reputed global firm at a time when the government has put its best endeavor to materialize the Vision of “Building Digital Bangladesh by 2021.” The LICT project will make a significant contribution to create technologically skilled workforce by imparting global standard IT training, he added. Palak said the government has appointed a reputed international firm to ensure quality training to meet the demand of skilled manpower for the IT industry and to boost the country’s ICT export. “We have set a target to earn $ 1 billion from ICT sector by 2019,” he said, adding the trained youngsters will supplement the efforts of the government to fulfill the target of export earnings. The project sources said the objective of the LICT project is to catalyze the growth of Bangladesh’s IT and ITES industry for employment creation, export diversification and establish e-Government foundations. They said the LICT project has embarked on developing 34,000 IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) human resources to meet the skill gap of IT and ITES sector, promoting ICT sector and providing training to 3,000 government officials to establish e-Government foundations and addressing cyber security threat. Other objectives include expanding National Data Centre and establishing Disaster Recovery Centre, establishing enterprise architecture, information security governance and form security response team and introducing cloud computing for e-Governance.
The programme will also create indirect jobs for 120,000 youth. Each successful graduate will earn at least $3,000 annually, according to conservative estimates by the government.
Under a separate programme, the government is also providing IT training to thousands of youths across the country to help them become IT professionals. Since 2013, about 26,000 individuals have received trained in information technology, of which 12,000 are female.

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