State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said over 130 million people are now using the internet and 57.5 million are using the social media platform Facebook in Bangladesh.
“Besides, 600,000 people are working as freelancers across the country,” he said, while addressing a freshers’ reception and cultural function at Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology (ADUST) in Dhaka’s Uttara area on Thursday.
At the onset of the event, Palak inaugurated the Robotics, Mechatronics and Auto Machine Engineering Department by cutting a cake and a ribbon.
ADUST Vice Chancellor Prof Md Zahangir Alam presided over the function, while Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) Vice Chancellor Prof Md Habibur Rahman, Chairman of the ADUST Board of Trustees Md Liakat Ali Sikdar and University Grants Commission (UGC) Director (Private University Division) Mohammad Omar Faruque spoke as special guests.
Palak urged ADUST students to acquire knowledge of ICT and become skilled in information and technology for continuing the development spree of the ICT sector.
Noting that under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government is working to create smart entrepreneurs through digital centres as part of building a ‘Smart Bangladesh’ by 2041, he said the government is giving utmost importance to the information and technology sector to continue the trend of development.