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ICT-based services expand in Rajshahi

ICT-based services expand in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Aug 21: Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been expanded significantly in all spheres of life in Rajshahi division to supplement the efforts of building a digital Bangladesh. People are getting e-services related to various emergency issues including national identity card, land documents, training, education and health. Like many other sectors, the education sector has witnessed revolutionary changes including introduction of multimedia classrooms and imparting education through developing digital content. Nur-Ur-Rahman, Commissioner of Rajshahi division, said 563 Union Digital Centres, 61 Pourasava Digital Centres and 30 city digital centres are functioning in eight districts under the division in order to reach the public services to the doorsteps of grassroots people. He said more than 5,828 multimedia classrooms were installed in educational institutions in the division opening up a new door of expediting the process of modernisation in education system, reports BSS. Multimedia classrooms were installed in 484 colleges, 2,415 secondary schools and 2,929 primary schools. Sheikh Russell Digital Laboratories were established in 102 colleges, 375 secondary schools and 12 primary schools in order to create skilled workforce in the country. Rahman said use of ICT, particularly introduction of multimedia classroom, is making classrooms more interesting among the students. Multimedia has made difficult texts easily understandable to the students through visual contents, he added. He added that digital Bangladesh is one of the 10 special initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. There is multimedia classroom in BCSIR Laboratory High School at Binodpur area in Rajshahi city where classes are being held through projector regularly. Students are getting education in an easy method of seeing picture and video through multimedia. "We are being benefited enormously in this modern method," said Hamida Akter, a student of class nine. Alamgir Hossain, a teacher of the school, said the students are becoming more attentive for the multimedia classes than that of the conventional ones. Like other parts of the country, e-commerce has been promoted in Rajshahi region significantly. Learning and earning, freelancing, outsourcing, e-shopping, b-cash and rocket have created massive scopes of financial transaction and income generation. Sowmik Sen Gupta, 26, a resident of Ghoramara area in the city, is doing works of outsourcing through development of various online and IT sector-based software and webpage designs. He said, "I earn more money than that of any regular job by dint of the efforts of building digital Bangladesh. He attributed that the present government has opened up new door for the young generation through flourishing the ICT sector. "I'm doing works of outsourcing. I have learnt how to earn money through outsourcing. Now, I'm self-reliant. My incomes meet up my educational expenses side by side with helping my family," said Labony Akter, a student of Rajshahi College. Ziaul Haque, Entrepreneur of Huzripara Union Digital Centre under Paba Upazila, has become a successful freelancer who earns more than Taka 75,000 to 80,000 per month. Prof Shamim Ahmed of Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Rajshahi University said many trained youths are earning handsome amount of money from the outsourcing sector.

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