Speakers at a roundtable discussion on Sunday focused on the mitigation of ICT skillsgap and said that existing ICT literacy, activities to be taken by private sector and academia ranging from short run to long run.
They also sought government policy supports to help make the human resources future-ready led by the private sector.
The roundtable dialogue on mitigating the ICT skill gap was held recently at BASIS office in collaboration with TechnTalents.
Discussants expressed to have a different pay scale with a unique hierarchy for tech professionals and a separate law for knowledge-exercising human resources engaged in the ICT sector while addressing a meeting at Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) in the capital on Saturday.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Advisory Standing Committee M Rashidul Hasan, Learning and Earning Development Project Director and Deputy Secretary of ICT Division Md Humayun Kobir as a guest speaker, Founder of TechnTalents Mohammed Asif as the keynote speaker, Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of SEBPO Limited Raihanul Islam, Professor and Director of Faculty of Science and Technology of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) Dr. Dip Nandi, DataSoft Head of HR and Admin Sami Al Islam, Managing Director of ADN Diginet Syed Sohael Reza as the panelists among others.
Sharing opinion, AKM Ahmedul Islam BABU said, “The gapin the collaboration between human resource management in the private sector and academia should be addressed immediately for reaching SMART Bangladesh vision of the present government”. He added, we need to empower and encourage fresh graduates in IT, and that needs to be started from school.
M Rashidul Hasan said, “Bangladesh should introduce registration for tech professionals and also should make a database of existing manpower working in the ICT sector following the example of RMG sector at the earliest to understand future needs through research-based approach”, other participating experts echoed the same.
Md Humayun Kobir stated that, in the face of fourth industrial revolution, government is providing freelancing-enabling IT training courses for helping the youth to become self-reliant and to earn foreign currencies offering their services on international platforms.
In the keynote, TechnTalents founder Mohammed Asif focused on the growing demand for skilled resources in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Cloud and emerging technologies and jobs of techno-business skills like business analyst, IT sales and project management.
In his speech, Dr. Dip Nandi said the faculty members can include the topics of emerging technologies in courses only as universities have little chance to update the curriculum.
Raihanul Islam recommended a unique structure of hierarchy of resources as the employers can offer benefits for the staff accordingly.