Robots will become the main focal point of a knowledge-based future, said Minister of State for ICT Department Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Principal Vice President at the opening ceremony of the 5th Bangladesh Robotics Olympiad on Tuesday (October 25).
“Robots will become the focal point of a knowledge-based future. The children of Bangladesh will build robots for innovative, knowledge-based work as well as risky work. The children of Bangladesh are not at all behind in comparison to the developed countries of the world,” he said.
He called on the small robots to prepare themselves so that Bangladesh can lead the world in the manufacture and export of robots. At the same time, he said, initiatives will be taken so that they can use BUET’s robotics lab.
The Secretary of State said that victory or defeat can only be determined by participation in the game. He also said that the country’s youth are not far behind Europe and are talented.
He added, “They just need to create opportunities. This opportunity was created by the digital visionary of Bangladesh and the architect of modern Bangladesh, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
Ballack said, ICT subjects have been added from grade 6 to grade 12. 13,000 Sheikh Russell digital computer labs have been set up in schools and colleges so students can learn by hand.
He said that on October 18, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 5,000 new computer labs in addition to the 300 Sheikh Russell School of the Future. He also said that now a boy and girl in the sixth grade can go to the computer lab, learn programming, coding, and can gain practical knowledge about computer science.
The Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Al-Zaman spoke as the initiator of the program.
“Our mission is to inspire all people to innovate,” he said.
He also said that the government of Bangladesh has tremendous commitment and plan to create a skilled workforce to take advantage of the benefits of the Information Technology-based Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He added, “The University of Dhaka has always been closely involved in the work of our ICT department to implement it.”
The Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Dhaka, Dr. Hafez Muhammad Hassan Babu, attended as a special guest. The program was chaired by the Director General and Additional Secretary of the Information and Communication Technology Department, Dr. Mustafa Kemal.
In addition, Dr. Sangoti Rahman, Head of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Dhaka, and Secretary General of the Bangladesh Open Source Network, Munir Hasan, spoke on the program.
The President of the Bangladeshi Robotics Olympiad and Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Dhaka Laviva Jamal delivered the welcoming speech on the occasion.
To implement the “Smart Bangladesh” initiative by 2041, various initiatives have been taken to arouse the interest of school and university students in robotics in the growth of the ICT industry. To participate in the 24th International Robot Olympiad, the 5th Bangladesh 2022 Olympiad will be held from 25-26 October at TSC University of Dhaka.
The two-day National Olympiad Opening Ceremony was held on October 25 at the initiative of the ICT Department, which was jointly organized by the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Department of Robotics and Mechatronics of the University of Dhaka and Open Source Bangladesh Network. The closing ceremony of the event will be held on Wednesday (26 October).
The Robotics Olympiad in Bangladesh has been organized since 2018. This year, 1,024 contestants from 64 regions across the country have registered for the national stage.
In the framework of organizing the Olympiad, the revitalization campaign was held at the Sheikh Russell School for the Future spread across 300 parliamentary constituencies across the country this year. The one-day workshops were held in ten Sheikh Russell Schools for the Future in eight sub-cities.
It should be noted that the “juniors” and “challenge” in these two groups, a total of 5 categories are held for the competition this year.
These are – physical computing, creative class, robotics testing, collecting robots, and robotics in the movie. Students who were selected among the winners later through their hands-on and national stage workshops will represent Bangladesh at the 24th International Robot Olympiad in Phuket, Thailand.
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