April 17, 2014
Hon'bl Minister, Mr. Abdul Latif Siddique, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology,
H.E. Mr. Shiro SADOSHIMA, Ambassador of Japan,
Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, University Grants Commission,
Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Information &Communication Division, Distinguish Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all, I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate 25 Passers of the 1st IT Engineers Examination in Bangladesh which was conducted last October.
I would also like to express my deepest respect to all 158 examinees for their effort and enthusiasm to dare take the exam despite the Hartal. I believe with such an earnest passion the rest of them will pass the ITEE in near future.
Though it was really the first ITEE for Bangladesh, its passing rate of 15.8% is ranked 2nd among 7 ITPEC member countries in Asia which conduct ITEE regularly.
All the 25 passers are now certified as international IT engineers who unequivocally have fundamental IT skills, knowledge and experiences. You are expected, as ITEE certified IT engineers, to serve actively in IT related industries not only in Bangladesh but in foreign countries including Japan. You are also expected to contribute to establishing the Bangladesh brand in the world as a destination for IT offshore and/or an IT human resource base.
Such an epoch-making event of the first ITEE in Bangladesh could not have been successfully executed without the devoted efforts of officials and staffs of Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication & Information Technology (MoPT&IT), Bangladesh Computer Council(BCC)and BD-ITEC.
I should hasten to add that there were tremendous cooperation and contribution as well from the IT community, namely Bangladesh Association for Software & Information Services(BASIS), Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS) and from the academic circle, namely University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET), Rajshahi University and University Grants Commission(UGC).
In this connection, it is very encouraging that Computer Science and Engineering Department of Rajshahi University has introduced some contents of ITEE in their syllabus of Bachelor of Science in Engineering this year, and some other universities are following suit.
JICA has been supporting this project since 2012 by dispatching two long-term experts, Mr. Hideo Hoya and Mr. Akihiro Shoji. They are now supporting BCC and BD-ITEC for the second examination to be held with over 1,000 applicants on April 27. It is expected that soon after formally joining ITPEC, BCC and BD-ITEC will implement ITEE as the national IT skill assessment examination in October this year.
Finally, I wish all the success of ITEE in Bangladesh and the development of its IT sector.
Thank you, shobaike dhonnobad!