BCC is a statutory body under the ICT Division, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & IT. The Government of Bangladesh is actively adopting IT infrastructure in order to improve public services. The Government of Bangladesh is also getting substantial foreign cooperation in terms of financial assistance and technical collaboration for Development of National ICT Infra-Network for Bangladesh Government Phase-III (“Info-Sarker Phase-3”).
Info-Sarker-Phase 3 is an extension of government ICT network to the lowest tier of administration i.e. Union from existing network up to Upazilla (sub-district) through Info-Sarker-2 and BanglaGovNet (Info-Sarker Phase 1) projects.Read more
After 5 years of intense research, Soil Resource Institute of Ministry of Agriculture has finally developed an online platform via which a farmer can get helpful information regarding fertilizers. This online platform will not only suggest which fertilizer to use but also at what amount. By using this Online Fertilized Recommendation System (OFR) one can also calculate soil’s mineral levels, crops nutrient level, how and when to apply fertilizer etc. Last week this service was unveiled for the farmers across the country.
This software/online platform was first beta tested in 2009 September for the first time in 30 Upazillas. Grameenphone and Banglalink, country’s two largest telecom operators, partnered with Ministry of Agriculture to spread this service back then amongst the root level farmers. Both the operators provided internet access and Community Information Center (CIC) access to the farmers so that they can check out the software themselves.
The newly introduced smart national identity (NID) card will put an end to forgery as it has 25 security features.The machine-readable card will have 32 types of basic information of a citizen embedded in its microchip, said Election Commission officials.
Currently, NID cards are required for availing at least 22 types of services, including passport, banking, driving licence, trade licence and share trading. In future, it would be required for getting many more services.
It has been estimated that a 10% increase in broadband penetration increases economic growth by 1.3 percentage points. This project will establish point of presence in 10,000 growth centers and will also establish Regulatory Lab, Cybersecurity lab and VLS lab. These establishments will definitely contribute for greater economic growth of Bangladesh.
This project can be a great mean to create empowerment for the educated youth of this country without creating much pressure on its environment and very limited energy resources as this network is spread among the 70% area of the country. This project can play an important role in women empowerment too. By strengthening this huge ICT infrastructure and facilitate skilled women to tap into the global ICT market, women empowerment can be achieved through decent work.
The Internet came late to Bangladesh with connectivity in 1996. In the last few years it has grown dramatically, although obviously from a very low base. With an estimated user base of around 500,000 in early 2006, representing only a 0.35% penetration, the local Internet industry is preparing to move into the next stage of its development. As this report demonstrates, however, the country must work hard to overcome obstacles associated with the country’s lowly economic status and still developing infrastructure. The report also looks briefly at the coming of broadband Internet and e-commerce in Bangladesh.
In 2016, internet penetration was 61.28 million, up from 58.3 million in February and 56.16 million in January, says Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).During a span of one year since March last year, the number of internet users registered a 38 percent increase.
Bangladesh has a large educational system consisting of some 150,000 institutions, 34 million students and over 900,000 teachers. There are about 20 million students in primary education (including madrasas and non-formal programs) and 11 million at the secondary level (including madrasas). At university level, there are 31 public and 54 private universities. The nation has achieved an enviable near-100% enrollment in primary education, but, at the same time, the dropout rate is an alarming 50% by the end of the 5-year primary cycle. It has been observed that a little over 1% of the students who complete primary schooling acquire the standard competencies. 25% of the primary graduates drop out at the initial stage of enrollment in secondary education. This project can be a key enabler to address the quality component of the education equation. Attractive e-learning environments in schools, and distance learning through TV, radio, mobile phones and internet will increase retention. The government plans to make ICT education compulsory at secondary level and at primary level. Teacher training will be increasingly decentralized through the use of ICTs already in place at the Upazila e-Source Centers for primary and model schools for secondary.
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