The participants of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Dhaka would be able to contribute much to the development of IT sector in the country, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
He said those who took part in the competition have shown their skill of solving critical problems in programming.
The finance minister was addressing the prize-giving ceremony held on the concluding day of a two-day regional programming competition held at the University of Asia Pacific in the capital.
Computer Science and Engineering Department of UAP hosted the two-day-long International Collegiate Programming Contest dubbed as Dhaka Regional Contest 2016 on November 18-19 in association with the help of ICT Division and Bangladesh Computer Council.
A pool of distinguished guests attended the programme and expressed their satisfaction over the way the programme was held.
In their addresses, the discussants said through the ACM-ICPC event the country’s IT sector and IT business firms would reap the benefits.
Besides enhancement of business opportunities, unemployment would also be kept at bay, they added. In his address, Prof CJ Hwang, director of ACM-ICPC Asia regional contest, said: “The next year’s ACM-ICPC event could be held in Bangladesh if necessary supports are provided.”
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT Division, spoke at the programme as a special guest.
He said: “A special computer lab will be set up on the UAP city campus as part of the government initiative.”
The government has already established 3,000 computer laboratories and so far employed 2,000 experts in the IT sector, added Palak.
On the concluding day yesterday, the finalists took part in a five-hour-long programming contest.
UAP Vice-Chancellor Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury called for government support to flourish the IT sector.
In his speech, Prof Jamilur lauded the performance of programme contestants.
BUET’s Rayo and Omnitrix and DU_Censored came out as three winning teams that won trophy and cash while CUET’s Girlsare Pearl had the 1st position among the girl’s teams.
Prof M Kaykobad, dean, faculty of EEE, BUET, announced the winners’ name at the competition.
A total of 1,665 teams registered online for preliminary contest in which there were 129 girls’ teams
from 81 institutes.
Of them, a total of 125 teams had been selected for the key contest.
The World ACM-ICPC Final 2017 will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, on May 20-25.
Top 3-4 teams from ACM-ICPC Asia Dhaka Regional Contest 2016 will get chance to attend the event.