Digitization becomes boon for many Rajshahi youths

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RAJSHAHI, June 9, 2018 (BSS) – Computer literacy along with efficient using
of internet has not only eradicated the distressed condition of Ziaul Haque
but also turning him into a successful entrepreneur who contributes a lot to
the society at present.

When Ziaul, 36, a physically challenged person, started learning computer
operation in 2008, many people insulted him in many ways. Considering his
interest to this sector, Huzripara Union Parishad under Paba Upazila
appointed him as an entrepreneur in its Union Digital Centre (UDC) in 2011.

He had started operating the UDC with initial investment worth Taka
50,000. Now, the centre has been enriched with eight desktops, two laptops,
two photocopier machines, two color printers, three laser printers, one
scanner, laminating and spiral binding machines each valued at around Taka
five lakh.

While talking to BSS Ziaul Haque said all the machines and instruments
were purchased with earning of the centre. Five youths including three girls
are working in the centre.

So far, 276 rural youths received computer training from the centre and
they were given certificates from technical education board. Many of them got
jobs.

Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi SM Abdul Kader said Ziaul has been playing
pioneering role in the field of E-commerce.

He becomes a successful freelancer earning more than Taka 80,000 to 90,000
per month on an average through providing ICT-based services to the people at
present. In terms of his earning, he retains the top position in the division
comprising eight districts.

Abdur Rahman made himself another example by using digitization process
and has now become an icon in the field of freelancing and outsourcing by
dint of his regular foreign currency earning worth around Taka 40,000 to
45,000 per month at present.

With his own earning, he has established an IT farm enriched with 30
computers and necessary accessories generating around 300 successful
entrepreneurs. His capital now stands at Taka14.40 lakh.

Rahman got chance of taking a two-month long training on digital marketing
last year. Learning and Earning Development Project (LEDP) under the
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division arranged the course.

Rahman said: “For the first time, I had got a two dollar work order for
search engine optimization”. So far, he has earned around 4,500 dollar. The
training together with the first work order was his life’s turning point, he
added.

Like Abdur Rahman and Ziaul Haque, at least 2,000 youths are involved in
freelancing and became regular foreign currency earners through various
digital works.

Nur-Ur-Rahman, Commissioner of Rajshahi division, said more than 1,300
entrepreneurs including 650 females are working in 563 UDCs and 91 PDCs in
the division and their monthly earning are Taka 7,641 on an average and
number of service-recipients is 248.

In order to boosting students’ empowerment through internet, 437 Sheikh
Russel Digital Laboratories were established. More than seventy percent
classes are being held through multimedia in the division.

A total of 220 youths were imparted training on graphics design, digital
marketing and web design and development, making them competent to earn money
through online outsourcing.

Receiving and disposal of documents through E-filling is being practiced
in offices and E-tendering and E-mobile court has been launched here, Rahman
added. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park is being constructed here for
furthermore promotion and expansion of the digital and automation ventures.

Freelancer Abdur Rahman suggested bringing all the under-graduation and
post-graduation students under the ICT training so that they can avail the
scope of becoming competent freelancer.

Prof Shamim Ahmed of Department of Computer Science and Engineering in
Rajshahi University said more youths should learn IT based knowledge for
making them as economically self-reliant.

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