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Robi sets up lab at ICMAB for digital innovation

  • Published at 07:07 pm January 17th, 2021
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The time spent by ICMAB students inside the innovation lab for any project, research or learning purpose will be recognised as credit hours and added to their total credits before graduating

Robi unveiled an innovation lab at the Institute of Cost and Management Accounts of Bangladesh (ICMAB) premises to delve further into research, blockchain technology and other aspects related to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

The time spent by ICMAB students inside the innovation lab for any project, research or learning purpose will be recognised as credit hours and added to their total credits before graduating.

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the lab virtually.

Bangladesh has transformed into a technology-based economy from a labour-based one in the last 12 years, he said.

"We never thought we could reach such heights back then. But now, there is no way to become a developed economy without innovation and research.”

Over the past decade, 15 lakh tech-based employment has already been generated as scores of freelancers and outsourcing experts earn $500 million annually, according to Palak.

Students can now participate in robotic competitions with the help of Robi, and this lab is a step in that direction.

Such labs will also be established in 57 universities across the country as well as research and development centres in all the hi-tech parks.

As an extra facility, a national digital library will also be established, he added.

The government’s support is needed regarding ICT issues, which would open up new horizons for a digitalised country, said Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, managing director and chief executive officer of Robi.

“What we need now is a pool of human resources who are adequately skilled to make the most of the opportunity,” he added. 

If proper facilities on technology, including internet and training software, are provided, the unskilled personnel can be transformed into skilled manpower, said Jashim Uddin Akond, president of ICMAB.

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