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ICT to make disabled people efficient workforce: speakers

DHAKA, Dec 12, 2016 (BSS) - Speakers at a programme today stressed the need for extending supports to provide IT training facilities for persons with disabilities to make them efficient workforce.

ICT could be used as an effective tool to turn differently able people into self-reliant, which eventually will ensure their dignified life in society, they told the award giving ceremony of business idea competition for the visually impaired students at a city hotel.

The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) organized the programme on the occasion of the holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, which will be celebrated tomorrow.

Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwan Wiranta-atmadja, senior
officials of different diplomatic missions, President of Bangladesh
Association of Call Center and Outsourcing (BACCO) Ahmadul Hoque, Chairman of Centre for Zakat Management Niaz Rahim, Prof Dr Moammad A Momen of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University, , among others, attended the programme with President of the Institute Lt. Gen. (Retd) M. Nooruddin Khan in the chair.

Tanim Laila, Director Economics Division of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW), conducted the programme. Director Administration of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) Barrister Rizwana Yusuf, among others, was also present on the occasion.

Ahmadul Hoque said the people with differently able can earn handsome amount of money from the call centre and outsourcing, if they are given ICT trainings with English language skills.

Nooruddin Khan underscored the importance of education, empowerment and employment opportunities to help disabled persons lead dignified lives. He urged all concerned to follow the teachings of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) in building a peaceful society.

Barrister Seema Iqbal, former student of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW), presented the key notepaper titled “Nothing about us without us”, at the programme highlighting the professions where the visually impaired are capable of excelling such as telemarketing, interpretation services and tea tasting.

The call center industry in Bangladesh was worth around $12 billion in 2013, of which 50 percent was accounted for by the country's domestic market.

According to industry experts, the call center industry in the country could generate more than a million jobs earning handsome amount of revenue.