Bangladesh has to focus on development of skilled human resources in computer engineering to tap opportunities in technology, a sector leader opined.
Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS) President Professor Hafiz Mohammad Hasan Babu also recommended for introducing special cadre for information and communication technology in public services to enhance growth of Digital Bangladesh.In a exclusive talk with Daily Sun, Prof Hasan shed light into different initiatives of the government as well as opportunities of computer graduates in the country.
Internet Society Bangladesh President Prof Hasan teaches Computer Science and Engineering at Dhaka University along side with play responsibilities of Pro-Vice Chancellor of the National University of Bangladesh
Prof Hasan said: “To inspire and motivate the ICT professionals of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should ensure the salary and other benefits of ICT professionals with respect to other countries,”
According to Prof Hasan, it’s high time for the government to create the ICT cadre to recruit the quality computer people in the public services.
“If Government feels that it is hard to create the ICT Cadre as a new one, they can rename the existing Telecom Cadre as Computers, IT and Telecom Cadre. It is also an urgent need to establish the central administration for ICT people working in different ministries and government organizations under the Ministry of ICT in order to coordinate and monitor their activities”.
Hasan Babu also added that government can introduce the technical allowances for the ICT professionals and remove all obstacles against the up gradation and promotions of ICT people.Prof Hasan, a member of Digital Bangladesh Task Force-led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has got three best paper awards from abroad from three different international conferences for his research contributions in the field of Computer Science and Engineering.
Besides, he got the UGC Gold Medal Award-2017 for the research contribution in the field of Quantum Computing which he received from the President Abdul Hamid. Moreover, Hasan Babu has also been selected for the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold Medal Award in 2017 for his research contribution in Physical Sciences.
During the talk at his office at Dhaka University, Prof Hasan Babu said that he has been working to inspire the country’s people in achieving two visions – Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He’s still working to assist the government in achieving the goals.
The prominent academic, better known as Hasan Babu in the society, had served as head of the Information Technology (IT) automation programme of the Janata Bank during 2008 to 2015 in upgrading its 900 branches.
After implementation of the programme, total 900 branches of the bank was brought under online banking gradually, while the facility was available in only 139 branches before the implementation of this programme.
After the automation programme, the bank could deliver information of to its customers through short message services (SMS).
Under the supervision of Prof Hasan, four branches of Janata Bank in United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also brought under online banking network. An exchange house of the bank in Italy was also brought under the automation by using bank’s own software under his supervision.
The IT expert of the country, who is closely related with the present government, had also served as head of World Bank Consultant in building automation network for the Supreme Court. He had also worked for connecting the District Judge’s courts under digital network.
At present, he’s working to improve the IT network and IT divisions of various public and private universities. Due to his previous experiences in IT sector, he is called from different corners both from public and private sectors regularly to share his experiences in improving their IT sector.
To make the IT automation of Account’s Department of the Dhaka University, Hasan Babu played a vital role. Besides, he’s also working to improve the e-Service networks of various government and private authorities. At present, he’s also working as a member of Master Plan Preparation Committee for e-Service networks.
The government had introduced software to deliver the stipends of the students and salaries of the teachers of different educational institutions.
Pro Hasan served directly in developing the software, which is functioning smoothly to ensure hazard-free money transfer for the teachers and students.
During introduction of the mobile banking in different banks and banking institutions, the authorities faced various problems. A team of IT professionals led by Hasan Babu solved the problems with hard work.
The Dhaka University authorities have introduced a new department named as the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering under the leadership of Prof Hasan.
This department started functioning in Bangladesh for the first time and Dhaka University was the maiden institute to start such a department.
Hasan Babu recommended that all IT projects in Bangladesh must be led by IT people instead of non-IT people to make the quality and speedy success of the projects in order to make a sustainable Digital Bangladesh. Even the secretary of ICT ministry must be an ICT professional.
Hasan Babu is now planning to connect with the readymade garments industries of the country to enhance their efficiencies and quality of products using the robotic technologies.
It would help the industry owners to ensure supply of their products in due time with the quality and earn more foreign currencies.
He said that the banks and banking institutions can improve their customer services through automation programmes. It would help them and their customers with hazard-free services.
“Bangladesh Computer Society is a body of IT professionals. All members of the body are eagerly ready to serve the government as well as the nation in building a Digital Bangladesh. If the IT professionals work together with the Government, I believe that the target of the PM will be achieved shortly.
The BCS President added that the PM realized the necessity of the IT professionals as she declared the IT sector as one of the thrust sectors.
He claimed that the universities of the country are introducing thousands of IT professionals every year. But, there is a limited scope of jobs for them. Instead, thousands of foreign experts have serving in different private and public programmes and projects in the country.
“Most of the foreign currencies of the prgrammens and projects are going to their pockets. Local experts and professionals are being deprived of getting a job,”.
Prof Hasan said: “I think if the government ensures job facilities for the local experts and professionals in the projects and programmes, it can save huge amount of foreign currencies. It would help the local experts to professionals to serve the nation also,”
When asked about government’s achievement in building Digital Bangladesh, Hasan Babu said that the government is moving towards a successful journey to build its dreamt ‘Digital Bangladesh’. It has introduced new technologies in the country. It’s also trying to create awareness among the people to use the facilities of technologies.
Prof Hassan also suggested the government to build connections between the universities and industries, so that the qualified students can get a job immediate after completion of educations. It would encourage the brilliant students in taking IT professionalism.
“But, it’s not possible to gain the success by introducing only new technologies or preparing new workforces. To achieve the target, it must have to create scopes of employment in this sector. To create new employment, it must have to take steps to bring all industries including RMG, economic zones, export processing zones under automation network,” he added.
He also said, “Not foreign technologies, it should take steps to ensure the use of locally developed technologies and software to improve the IT sector and to make an effective and sustainable Digital Bangladesh. Locally developed software must be given priority in the country. Use of local IT professional should be ensured in every sector. Finally, the government must have to ensure strong monitoring in all sectors.”
He also urged the government to create scope of developing new technologies and software locally instead of giving foreign technologies priority.