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Women represent 16pc ICT workforce: Study

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Women represent 16pc ICT workforce: Study

Only 16 per cent of women represent information and communication technology (ICT) workforce in Bangladesh, according to a new study.

The study titled ‘Survey on ICT job market in Bangladesh’, carried out by Daffodil International University (DIU), was unveiled on the varsity campus in the capital

yesterday.   

Addressing the programme as chief guest, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, said: “Bangladesh has made huge progress keeping in mind the 2021 digital transformation. Citizens have already started reaping the benefits. But it’s unfortunate that the percentage of women in the ICT workforce is very low.” Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) managing director Hosne Ara Begum and Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Accelerates executive director Susan Amat were also present at the event.

Palak said the Hasina government planned to recruit more than 2 million people in the ICT sector by 2021.

He also said the government had numerous plans like establishing 28 hi-tech parks across the country, creating women entrepreneurs in the ICT industry, and establishing linkages between industry and academia, among others.  

The survey will help fulfil all these plans, he added.

Palak also said the government had already taken an initiative to establish a Virtual University of Multimedia and Innovation and was expecting help from the DIU in this regard.

 “We’ve made significant progress in the ICT sector over the last 10 years. However, we couldn’t conduct any survey on the ICT job market. I appreciate this survey,” he said lauding the research initiative.

Speaking at the programme, Dr Sabur Khan, chairman, Board of Trustees, DIU, said the survey would help the university to redesign the course curriculum and also aid the government.

Sabur Khan also said that the DIU was seriously trying to build skilled human resources keeping in mind the job market and global perspective. “The university frequently improvises its courses in view of the required demand in the job market at both home and abroad. Our university will soon launch robotic education for engineering students,” he added.

With this holistic initiative, the DIU attempts to focus on the current ICT job market outlook of Bangladesh by addressing various domains like the demographics of ICT employees, recruitment, training and academic Collaboration, demand–supply Gap of core and soft skills and so on.

Moreover, the survey report also considered the fourth industrial revolution (IR 4.0) and future workforce—one of the most vital issues in the digital economy, Sabur Khan said.

To portray and analyse the real scenario of the ICT job market in Bangladesh, the DIU surveyed 384 organisations, including ICT-based ITES, software and web organisations, service providers, non-ICT companies and public companies. It used the updated data of 2018, which ensures exact representation and validity of the report.

 

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