The government has planned to provide specialised IT training (Top- Up IT Training) to 10,000 science, computer science and engineering (CSE) and Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) graduates through teachers of 75 universities to build IT service professionals. Official sources said Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT) has started the process to appoint foreign a consulting firm which, in collaboration with reputed universities of the world, will prepare the curriculum and manual for making the Top-Up IT training a world-class one.
As part of the plan, Bangladesh University Grant Commission (UGC) has requested the Vice Chancellors of 75 universities — 34 public, 26 private and 15 Institutes of Information and Technology (IIT) — to send teachers of CSE or EEE departments of their respective universities and IIT to attend a daylong workshop to be held on Saturday (Nov 16) at the UGC auditorium, he said.
Some 150 teachers are expected to attend the workshop for discussing in details various issues relating to Top-Up IT training, including computer lab facilities with tentative budget required for conducting the training for six to nine months.
LICT Project Director Md Rezaul Karim said the LICT project contains three types of training for building 34,000 IT professionals and Top-Up IT training is one that would create 10,000 IT service professionals.
The university teachers will provide six to nine months to 10,000 science, computer science and engineering (CSE) & Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) graduates from universities and colleges, he said adding that the training curriculum will be made as per IT and ITES industries’ demand, and the trainees will be selected through a competitive recruitment process.
The World Bank is providing 70 million US dollars for implementing the Leveraging ICT for growth, Employment and Governance project that started its journey in January this year. According to a WB study, the project, if implemented, would create some 34,000 direct and 120,000 indirect jobs in the country.