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Digital Bangladesh -Digital Education February 24, 2009

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Mostafa Jabbar, President of Bangladesh Computer Society was discussing with Monir Hussain, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Math Olympiad about ways of achieving Digital Bangladesh in a television discussion.

They stressed that computer is a tool, not a subject. This tool should be utilized to earn knowledge in every subject and in every level of education.

It would have been better if we could provide each student with a computer. As it is not possible, at least every teacher should be provided with a computer. The content and quality of the teaching would then have been changed tremendously.

With computer and internet access, the digital divide between rural and urban will be diminished.

They opined that for Digital Bangladesh, we need Digital Education. They warned that if government fails to understand this, then the dream for Digital Bangladesh would not be materialized.

An ordinary citizen

Towards a Digital Bangladesh December 23, 2008

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Bangladesh is resounding with the target of achieving of digital Bangladesh. In this election days, AL, one of the major political parties,first declared vision 2021 with the aim to develop Bangladesh into a digital country by that the next decade. BNP also added that they started the program in their tenure and will complete it earlier. More than a month ago, the Bangladesh Computer Council also organized a computer fair with the theme ‘Digital Bangladesh’.

A country goes digital means it will be an e-state means all its activities of governance, commerce,education,
agriculture etc will be powered by computer and internet.

It is easy to speak such a dream, but are we committed to achieve this dream? One of the reasons why our country didn’t become digital by this time is because of lack of commitment on the part of our political leaders.

A very first step for ‘Digital Bangladesh’ would be to spread the ICT education throughout the country. Every primary and secondary students should have access to the computer and computer based education. Mid level education & short term training should be readily available throughout the country and higher level education on computer sciences should be qualitative.

Internet facilities should be made available to the remotest corner of the country and at a cheaper rate. There are countries where the use of internet is free. The speed of the internet must be maximum to get the benefit of the time.

A tremendous effort should have to be made and continued in application of the computer and internet by both private and public offices,institutions & organisations in the coming years.

Market is to be broadened in and outside the country in software, outsourcing and programing.

Hardware plant are also needed to be established in our country. For this necessary contact with the international giants and investment will be required to be made.

The caretaker government has tried to give a good support to the establishment of ICT in our country.

We hope that the next governments would keep that trend continued.

An ordinary citizen

Link:
Digital Bangladesh: Going Beyond The Rhetoric- Mridul Chowdhury
Digital Bangladesh & the young- Md. Anwarul Kabir
Towards a Digital Bangladesh-Habibullah N Karim
Education and Vision 2021-Abdul Bayes

ICT based education- Bangladesh perspective September 25, 2008

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I was listening to a TV program the other day. Dr. Shamser Ali, Dr. Kaokobad and another doctorate from an university were discussing the ICT based education with Faridur Reza Sagar of Channel Eye.

The discussion was interesting, informative and thought provoking.

Question arises, in a country like Bangladesh where the number of students in each year is increasing more than the number the universities can accommodate, how ICT could help to provide education to this growing number of students. It is said that in developed countries like USA , the universities including Harvard has on-campus and off-campus students. It is through ICT that the off-campus students keep pace with the curriculum of the universities. The off-campus provision can also create the opportunities for the students to continue studies earning by themselves which is very important from Bangladesh perspective.

Dr. Shamsher Ali who was the founder VC of the Open University in Bangladesh narrated how with help of audio-cassette and video cassette they have started their journey in early nineties, later these were replaced by CD and VCD. They have their own studio to produce all those CDs. Open University is a model of conveying education to an unlimited number of students.

To improve the quality of education, ICT could give tremendous support, Best teachers of different institutes can be utilized to prepare different lectures and after recording, those lectures could be aired and distributed among the students for their individual reading or collective discussion.

Open university also arranges video conferences where the students can directly interact with the teachers. The standard of education in open university may also be good, The recent ranking of 100 best universities of South East Asia where the rank of DU is 62nd, Jawhar Lal Nehru Open University is within 20th of the list. This indicates that Open University also could be the seat of good education.

Regarding the discrepancy between the standard of education between the rural and urban education, it is the ICT which could change the gap. They urge to provide computers to all the schools gradually. The shortage of Math and English teachers also could be lessened by the support of ICT. But Dr. Kaokobad said the teaching needs the best students and we should try to attract them by providing better salary and previledges.

Dr. Shamsher urges the government to form a committee of 5 experts to formulate a programs to develop ICT in education in Bangladesh.

We agree with proposal and hope that government will take necessary steps in this regard.

An ordinary citizen

Low-priced laptop for Bangladesh August 11, 2008

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The international organisations and individuals were thinking for low-priced loptop popularly known as 100 dollar laptop for developing nations particularly Africa. But this Green laptop when marketed, Bangladesh was not in the list. Intel in parallel also marketed specially designed low-priced laptop for students of USA.

The ordinary citizen also marked a news where he sees that India is also marketing low priced laptop for its young learners in its country. He felt a little frustrated for his own country-Bangladeh. Is there any way out for Bangladesh to get any low-priced computers and laptop which its citizen could afford? He also came accross a site where he sees that computers from developed countries are refurbished and recycled in developed countries. But the beneficieries are the African countries.

His frustation has started to erase when he has come accross the news that a USA-based international organisation of Bangladeshi computer experts ‘Prolog’ has started their project in Bangladesh to produce low-priced computers. In addition, they will provide other ICT related services in Bangladesh.

Microchip expert and chaiman and CEO of Prologe Incorporation Sayesthapir Chowdhury in a teleconference said that when he last came to Bangladesh he felt good seeing Bangladesh is showing interest in application of information technology including internet in education system. But he didn’t see any plan to spread it throughout the country. He thought it is necessary to provide computers at affordable prices to all to achieve the goal.

After coming back to USA, he talked with Intel Corporation. They agreed to supply processor and other accessories of computer at special prices for Bangladesh. Prolog wants to provide all ICT services for students for academic purposes. To do this they are trying to bring down the price of the computers within the capacity of common man.
He said that without improvement in ICT, no development will be possible in Bangladesh. To equip all the students with computer by the year 2020 in Bangladesh, they have taken up a program by the name Vision-2020.To materialise the project, many Bangladeshi experts working in INTEL and other ICT organisations came forward to support the Vision 2020.
Prolog will come initially with 3 models in Bangladesh market-‘Affortib’ for students and ‘Standard’ and ‘Performance’ for professionals and others. Processor DUO will be used in ‘Affortib’. The price will be aproximately 35000/-. But the ordianary citizen thinks that the price seems to be higher than the purchasing capacity of common Bangladeshi people. It is not important how latest the processor is, the average processor with lesser price will serve the people better.

Prolog is also thinking to establish an assembling plant in Bangladesh soon and will deliver computers to the south asian market. It will reduce the price of the computer more. In addition of marketing computers in Bangladesh , Prolog will also support software, networking and telecenters. [Source: Prothom Alo; 10th August 2008]

We wish success of Prolog in Bangladesh.

An ordianry citizen

Link:
blog post: Digital Bangladesh: Waiting for a low-priced laptop

News:PM unveils locally assembled laptop

Tool for development : one computer for each home May 15, 2008

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Today’s is the age of technology. One will prosper how efficiently one is using the technology. It is true for individual as well as for a state. It is obvious that the developed countries are rich in technologies and they are using technologies at different level to get the maximum benefit. The developing nations coul also change their lot by using technologies properly. (more…)

Intel launches ‘World Ahead Program’ in Bangladesh September 6, 2007

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Mr. Craig Barrett,Chairman, Intel Corporation  in a press conference in Dhaka on 4th September, 2007  declared the launching of ‘Intel World Ahead Program’ in Bangladesh. Through this program Intel will try to develop infrastructure for Information and communication technology in Bangladesh.

Under this program Intel will supply 1000 PCs to different schools in 3 years in phases. In parallel, in association with Bangladesh Government  it will supply PCs to develop Computer Labs in 64 different districts of Bangladesh. It  will also support to develop high speed wireless W-Max Internet connection to schools of remote areas. In addition it will give training to the teachers and students and will help to develop different topics in local languages for imparting standard education. (more…)

‘The Intel World Ahead Program’ September 3, 2007

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Intel  introduces ‘Intel World Ahead Program’. The program is designed to introduce the digital world to the next billion new users. It is investing $1billion over the next 5 years to enhance live by providing access to uncompromised technology for anyone.

 

One of the missions of Intel is to provide greater accessibility to the worlds underserved by rapidly creating access to fully capable affordable PCs that are tailored to meet their need.

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West Bengal set vision to rank among top 3 IT state August 7, 2007

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West Bengal has set the vision to rank among the top 3 IT state by 2010.

It has taken up projects –

a) an ASP( Application Service Provider) to set as enabler of e-Governance application through an effective Government – Citizen interface.

b) Established on an aggressive IT literacy program in schools and colleges n collaboration with industry leaders IBM, Winpo. and NITT

c) Government to actively promote IT usage in state, thereby improving the to the people

 

West Benga has been one of the Indian fastest growing states in last decade, with 5.2% growth in per capita net SDP.

The state has identified IT as a priority focus sector to be developed into a growth engine. WB is the first state to develop an IT policy in 2000 which is followed by Incentive Scheme in 2001.

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