The government formally launched a training programme on Saturday to develop skills of 30,000 information technology (IT) professionals for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector within the next three years.
ICT Ministry organized an event to launch the programme titled, Top-UP IT training under The Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project in association with UK based Services Company – Ernst and Young (EY) held at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor AK Azad Chowdhury attended as chief guest while ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the function which was attended by Vice-Chancellors, academics, bureaucrats and IT industry leaders. The World Bank funded LICT Project of Bangladesh Compute Council (BCC) has appointed EY to impart Top-UP IT training to 10,000 IT and Science graduates and ITES foundation skills training to 20,000 general graduates.
Speaking as chief guest Professor Azad said “Some 30,000 young students at graduate level will get the world class IT training from the reputed global firm at a time when the government has put its best endeavour to implement Digital Bangladesh by 2021,”
He urged the vice-chancellors to motivate the youngsters to take part in the training as well as cooperate LICT and EY to make successful the training programme to be held in different universities.
“The government has appointed a reputed international firm to ensure quality training to meet the demands of skilled manpower for the IT industry and to boost the country’s ICT export,” said ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
“The trained youngsters would help Bangladesh achieve its target of USD 1 billion export earnings from the ICT sector within five years.
The main feature of the training is EY has committed to provide job at home and abroad to 6,000 IT and science graduates from among the 10,000 Top Up IT Training receivers.
The World Bank is providing USD 70 million to LICT project with an aim to catalyze the growth of Bangladesh’s IT industry and create employment.
“Our export earnings from this sector was only $20 million in 2009 which is now more than $250 million,” Zunaid said in a training programme related to the sector.
The ministry with help from the World Bank will train 30,000 information technology professionals over the next three years to help achieve this target.
The minister said that Bangladesh would be able to raise its export earnings from the sector to $5.0 billion in 2021 when the country will have become a middle-income country, and in 2041 the figure could rise to $50 billion.
A.K. Azad Chowdhury, chairman of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, noted that to help achieve this target the government had waived taxes on the computer industry.
“We want to develop our economy on the basis of technology instead of labour-intensive industry,” he said.
The training will involve professional services company Ernst and Young (EY) partnered with U.S.-based Info Pro Learning. The World Bank is providing $70 million of assistance.
The World Bank said that direct employment of 30,000 graduates would lead to indirect employment of about 120,000 people, with annual salaries estimated at $3,000 and $1500, respectively.