The government started the construction of technological literacy centre in Pirganj of Rangpur on Thursday in order to equip the youth of northern district with the IT skills they require to achieve success in life.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury laid the foundation stone of the centre, Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre, as the chief guest at a ceremony virtually.Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) is developing the centre named after Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to motivate the youth to acquire knowledge of technology.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as the special guest while BHTPA Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum and Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Abdul Wahab Bhuiyan were the guests of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the government is working ceaselessly to ensure technological education for every youth to turn the country into a digital one.
“Rangpur is lagging behind due to lack of industrialization in the region. Utilizing the IT centre, youths in the area can become self-reliant and contribute to local and national economy by creating employment instead of searching for work,” she said.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government has trained 16,000 youths under different programmes of Hi-Tech Park Authority until June this year and 13,000 were employed during this period.
Rangpur Deputy Commissioner Asib Ahsan presided over the programme which was also attended by Project Director Mostafa Kamal and Rangpur Superintendent of Police Biplob Kumar Sarkar.The government allocated around Tk 5.33 billion for developing eight technological literacy centres in Chattogram, Sylhet, Rangpur, Natore, Cumilla, Netrokona, Barishal and Magura.