Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) has imparted trainings to around 6,500 youths in different areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
"We have imparted trainings to around 6,500 youths so far to enable them to get employment capitalizing on their skills in the field of ICT. Of them, around 4,700 trainees have already got jobs under Employment Incentive Program," BHTPA Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum told BSS on Tuesday.
She said BHTPA has been providing training to youths under Skill Enhancement Program, Mid Level Program, Company Certification Program, C-Level Training Program, Training on Lean Six Sigma, Oracle and Systems Applications and Products (SAP) with a view to developing human resources.
Under the "Support to Development of Kaliakair Hi-Tech Park (And Other High-Tech Parks)" project, 40 institutions have been given cooperation to get global certification for capability enhancement.
BHTPA sources said certification activities of 38 institutions have already completed.
The initiative to build hi-tech parks at different places of the country aiming to create employment for 2 lakh people to achieve the goal of earning 5 billion US dollar by 2021 will play an important role to turn the country into a middle income country.
To create a bridge between university and ICT industry, BHTPA has set up ICT laboratories in different universities for development of human resources and quality enhancement.
Animation Lab and Audio Visual Lab has been set up at Dhaka University, Robotic Lab at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Software Testing and Quality Assurance Lab at Jahangirnagar University, Big Data Analytics Lab at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Advance Computing Lab at Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Computer Netwark Analysis and Cyber Security Lab at Noakhali Science and Technology University and Digital Computer Lab at Bangladesh Army University of Engineering and Technology, Natore.
Besides, the government has also a plan to set up specialized labs at 9 to 10 universities, including Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) and Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET).
The government also prepared a guideline for announcing private IT institutions as software technology parks under Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Act. In accordance with the guideline, 11 private IT institutions have already been declared as "Software Technology Park".
Earlier, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at a programme on Sunday last said the government has been working to establish 28 hi-tech parks across the country to develop the human resources in ICT sector.
He said unemployment problems of the country would reduce to a greater extent upon successful establishment of the parks.