The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division is working significantly for enhancing women participation in the ICT industry. As a part of its ongoing effort the ICT Division of Bangladesh Government arranged the final round of National Girls’ Programming Contest 2017 on May 9, 2017 at the auditorium of Daffodil International University.
117 groups of 79 academic institutions of the country were selected, from which 102 groups took part in this contest. And 42 participants from 14 groups were awarded.
On the occasion, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak attending as a chief guest said, “We need to take inclusive development strategy for making digitalized Bangladesh within 2021. A technology revolution is going on now. Besides, over 4 crore students are studying in different schools, colleges and universities. So they need to learn programming along with mathematics and science to make our country economically developed.”
“Programming does not expand the technology only rather it expands the thinking power of humans. That’s why we included ICT subject in all academic institutions so that our students can gain ICT knowledge from the beginning. And we are happy that more than 20,000 students have participated this year in this contest. So it’s a matter of joy for us”, said the minister.
The State Minister also said that for building the next generation IT leadership, honing programming skills is very important. “We are trying to earn $5 billion from ICT export by 2021. This money will be brought through the hands of the programmers like you.”
BUET Professor Dr M Kaykobad said at the program, “Our girls should go forward for the development of the country. As our girls are meritorious, skilled and active, I believe they can prove their worth.”
CSE Head of Daffodil International University Syed Akhter Hossain informed, “It’s a matter of joy that this arrangement has created the interest in ICT learners, especially girls since 2015.”
Mr Zunaid Ahmed Palak distributed prizes and medals among the winners with Dr Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, VC of DIU. Besides, Country renowned scientist Abed Choudhury, DIU; Lafifa Jamal, Chairperson, Dept of Robotics & Mechatronics, Dhaka University; and Mahbuba Panna, Deputy Secretary, ICT Division were also present at the program.
The top three groups were given trophy and certificates of honor were given to all participants.
The program host, Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN) President Munir Hasan informed, residential camp will be arranged from May 17 to May 20 for the contest winners in Dhaka.
For implementing this program of ICT Division, BDOSN and Code Marshall carried out assessment and judging, with a partnership support from Daffodil International University.