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ED: Encouraging our scientific minds

  • Published at 04:44 am October 13th, 2021
Team “BUET HellBent” at the ACM ICPC World Final

The ICPC is one of the most prestigious programming contests in the world

Heartiest congratulations to “BUET HellBent,” the team from our very own Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, that has been crowned Asia West Champion at the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in Moscow. 

The extremely gifted young men of this team -- Arghya Pratim Pal, HM Ashiqul Islam, and Pritom Kundu -- are a credit to the nation, and an example of the kind of forward-thinking tech-based work that can come out of Bangladesh if only we create a conducive environment for it. 

While some view such contests as niche events, the fact is, the ICPC is one of the most prestigious programming contests in the world, where over 60,000 student programmers from 3,000 universities across 115 countries participate. Now that we have shown our capability of excelling in such a global and competitive forum, it is time for the educational authorities to invest in science and technology education, and also level the playing field, especially for all the girls and young women interested in the STEM fields, who still face obstacles in pursuing scientific careers due to retrograde attitudes in society.

Much is said about Digital Bangladesh, and there is much hype on the policy level regarding digitalizing government services, policy services, and even taxation. The sad fact behind all of this though, is that we are still largely a population that lags behind when it comes to a digital education. The bright young people at BUET and other universities showing an aptitude for programming need to be allowed to lead the way, inspiring and uplifting all those others with dreams and goals of working in tech, but who may not have the supportive environment -- either at home or at school -- of doing so. 

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