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BHTPA partners with IT firm to train youths

FE Report | May 05, 2021 00:00:00

Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA), in association with a local IT firm, will impart training on Microsoft Cloud Skill among 5,000 youths and professionals, aiming to develop human resources in cloud computing, and thus reap benefits of the fourth industrial revolution.

Upon successful accomplishment of the course free of cost, the trainees will receive cloud credit worth $100, and get waiver on vendor certificate examination.

Fifty selected trainees will get an opportunity to do internships at Corporate Projukti Limited, the partner organisation of the initiative.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for Information Communication and Technology Division, launched the initiative at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, while BHTPA Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum presided over the occasion.

Hailing the initiative, Mr Palak said cloud computing based business activities worth $13 million is taking place in Bangladesh every year - this is likely to expand further by 20-25 per cent within the next three-five years.

"As a result, the country will need to create more professionals for cloud based service operations in coming days," said the state minster.

He also said currently around 10,000 professionals were working in the cloud based services sector, while another 10,000 jobs would be created in the sector within the next three-five years.

Hosne Ara Begum said the time befitting skill development programme aimed to prepare youths for adopting the latest technologies and embrace challenges of the fourth industrial revolution.

The training will help the participants get employed at local and global IT firms, she said, adding that Microsoft certified trainers, affiliated with the Corporate Projukti Limited, would conduct the training programme.

Afif Mohammad Ali, MD of Microsoft Bangladesh, said the participants would get skilled on specialised programmes like Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Server.

BHTPA Director A N M Safiqul Islam and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) President Syed Almas Kabir, among others, joined the inaugural programme.

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