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Cabinet okays Digital University, BD Bill

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cabinetStaff Reporter
The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the Digital University, Bangladesh Bill 2014, aiming to improve the standard of ICT education and thus gear up the country’s development activities.
The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters.
He said the proposed university, a priority project of the government, would be set up near the High-Tech Park in Gazipur district soon after name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The proposed law has a provision of offering high-salary packages to attract qualified local and foreign ICT experts as teachers of the university. Apart from regular academic activities, the university would offer online and distant learning facilities, too.
The university would have links with the ICT industries of the country so that its students could get a chance for working in these industries.
The Chancellor of the University would nominate two entrepreneurs of the ICT industries for sharing their experiences with its students.
The Cabinet also approved the proposal for expanding the National Service Programme for 17 upazilas of 17 districts, Musharraf Hossain said.
The Cabinet Secretary said the program will start in January 2015 and continue till December 17 of the same year.
The districts and upazilas have been selected from the poverty map of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics where the poverty is acute.
The upazilas are Mehediganjin Barisal, Gosairhat, Shariatpur, Dewanganj in Jamalpur, Nandail in Mymensingh, Kaukhali in Pirojpur, Haimchar in Chandpur, Sherpur Sadar, Shayamnagar in Satkhira, Nalchiti in Jhalakati, Mohammadpur in Magura, Goalanda in Rajbari, Chitalmari in Bagerhat, Chouhali in Sirajganj, Thanchi in Bandarban, Singra in Natore, Terkhada in Khulna and Monohorganj in Comilla.
As part of the election pledges of the present government the high priority service was introduced in three districts initially in March 2010, and it would the third phase one, the Cabinet Secretary said.
Under the program involving Tk 122 crore, a total of 42,500 unemployed educated youths would get training for three months on 10 different trades or vocations to involve them in nation-building activities.
Each youth would be given Tk 100 every day during their training period while Tk 200 a day during their two-year long employment program.
The government, as part of its vision, is implementing a plan to create employment opportunities for all. In line with that vision, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has launched National Service Program under the Department of Youth Development.
Nineteen upazilas of Kurigram, Barguna and Gopalganj have been selected for piloting the program. Around 56,801 young men and women who have completed their secondary education have been brought under the program involving Tk 848.26 crore. Of the trained youths, 56,054 were employed.
In the second phase, this program was expanded to eight more upazilas of other districts under Rangpur Division except Kurigram at a cost of Tk 275.19 crore, where 14,467 youths were trained and employed. These districts are Rangpur, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts.
In the third phase, a number of 42,500 youths will be trained spending Tk 122 crore.
A report on the Malaysia visit of Bangladesh delegation headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 2-4 and three others reports on the participation of the Cultural Affairs Minister in the 6th Asia Europe Cultural Ministers' Meeting on Creative Industries held in the Netherlands on October 19-21' in the third meeting on Saarc Ministers of Culture held in the Indian capital of New Delhi on September 24-26 and in the First Korea-South Asia Cultural Ministers' meeting at Seoul in South Korea on October were 17-18 were submitted to the cabinet.
Cabinet members, state ministers and secretaries concerned attended the meeting.