School students to study AI, blockchain

Staff Correspondent

8 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government is working to incorporate technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain into the national curriculum ahead of the fourth industrial revolution.

Education Ministry and ICT Division are working together to update syllabus for schools and develop skilled human resources to meet the future challenge.

Addressing a virtual event titled FinTech Conference in Singapore on Monday, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said that the academic text on emerging technology is introduced at school level to build skilled workforces.

“To promote innovators, the government has planned to establish Sheikh Kamal IT Training Centre across 64 districts. Besides, a state-run company titled Startup Bangladesh has been formed to support the entrepreneurs in health tech, edutech, agri-tech, fintech, biotech, nanotech, robotics and future technologies,” Palak said.

Last week, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved five national strategies on artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, internet of things and micro-processor design technology.

Palak said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given priority on innovations and research and ICT Division is working to encourage the youth in innovative activities to bring out future scientists and leaders in the technology sector.

He further said that the government has provided policy support to the tech entrepreneurs as many Bangladeshi start-ups raised fund from global investors.

Startup Bangladesh Chief Executive Tina F. Jabeen shared the roadmap of the government on innovation-based entrepreneurship in the meeting hosted by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) country project coordinator Md Ashraful Alam.

Among others, UNCDF global digital lead François Coupienne and programme manager Rajeev Kumar Gupta spoke on the occasion.