On December 23, 2015 National ICT Debate Festival’s Dhaka Metropolitan (North) region’s closing and award giving ceremony was hold at the ICT Division auditorium in Agargaon.
In this regional competition, North South University became champion and Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University became runner-up.
Honorable minister of information Hasanul Haque Inu was present at the ceremony and distributed prizes among the champion and runner-up teams. He remarked, "Now everyone has mobile phones in their hands, laptops on their desks. ICT will be the tool to reduce the distance between urban and rural, to empower women and to deal with the challenges of globalisation."
Inu also said, "Facebook and Twitter will remain functioning in the country, but terrorism will not. We are heading towards digital Bangladesh. To flourish the spirit of liberation war, we need to build more liberation war related apps and software."
State minister of ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak was special guest at the event. He said, "We need to present the right message of liberation war to all. Information technology will play an important role in this regard. Youth will take the leading role here."
The competition had teams from American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB), North South University, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh Textile University, Asian University, East West University, Islamic University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh University of Business and Technology, Green University and Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University.
The ceremony was presided over by honorable secretary of ICT Division, Shyam Shundar Shikdar. Among the distinguished guests, managing director of Bangladesh high tech park authority Hosne Ara Begum, head of Policy, Practice and Program Development of Practical Action Bangladesh Faruque-Ul Islam and Liberation War researcher Bulbul Hasan also commented on the event.
Deputy secretary of ICT Division Mujibul Haque, editor of Campus2Career (C2C) Firoz Choudhury, president of Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) Sanjib Saha, executive editor of C2C Anjali Sarker, general secretary of BDF Abdullah Mohammad Shukrana, deputy secretary of BDF Plaban Ganguly and Hasanul Banna presided over the event.
With the slogan of "Information-Logic-Technology," the debate festival was organised by the ICT Division of ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Technology, Bangladesh Debate Federation and Campus2Career (www.campus2career24.com). Center for Research Initiative (CRI) provided overall support in organising this festival.