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‘Seeds for the Future’ kicks off

Staff Correspondent
15 Sep 2021 01:07:13 | Update: 15 Sep 2021 01:07:13
‘Seeds for the Future’ kicks off
Speakers join the virtual inauguration program of ‘Seeds for the Future’ by Huawei on Tuesday – Courtesy Photo

Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited launched ‘Seeds for the Future 2021 Bangladesh’, for the seventh year in the country, to inspire ICT talents who will shape the future of Bangladesh.

The announcement comes through a virtual inauguration program on Tuesday, said a media release.

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the virtual ceremony as chief guest.

Dr. Rafiqul Islam Sheikh, Vice-Chancellor, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology; Dr. Muhammad Fazli Ilahi, Vice-Chancellor, Ahsanullah University of Engineering and Technology; George Lin, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited also joined the event with other high officials.

Dr. Mohammad Rubaiyat Tanvir Hossain, head of EEE, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology presented the keynote paper on ICT talent development and ‘Seeds for the Future’.

‘Seeds for the Future’ is Huawei’s flagship CSR program dedicated to top STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and non-STEM students worldwide and is meant for developing local talent, enhance knowledge transfer, and promote a greater understanding and interest in the ICT sector.

First launched in Bangladesh in 2014, this program has been nurturing talents for around 10 years in the global scene. This program has earned accolades from different quarters, including leading engineering universities and industry leaders, for its intend, said the release.

In the inaugural ceremony, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “I have been observing Huawei’s `Seeds for the Future’ program for quite some time. I must say that this kind of initiative has been contributing a lot to not only in equiping our youth with future-fit ICT skills but also in developing an ecosystem for nurturing ICT talents in the industry.”

\Huawei Bangladesh President, Enterprise Business Group, George Lin shared said, “The youth are our future. In the upcoming years, we will be heavily reliant on ICT skills. Keeping that in mind, Huawei has designed this program so that we can help the nation materialize ‘Digital Bangladesh’ dream by facilitating the youth with necessary skills and leadership qualities, leveraging Huawei technical expertise and experience in the ICT industry.”

In his keynote, Dr. Rubaiyat Tanvir Hossain said, “This program has been at the center of attention as ‘Seeds for the Future’ has not only enabled the STEM and non-STEM students to enhance their ICT knowledge but also opened up new opportunities for them in the industry.
I am hopeful that this year’s program will be, as usual, a revealing experience for all the participants.”          

This year, students from different science and engineering universities will join the event and 18 most talented students based on their academic record, knowledge and innovative thinking will be selected as the winner from Bangladesh. Those students will be moved to the next step which will be a common platform for all winners of different countries.

Launched globally in 2008 in Thailand, ‘Seeds for the Future’ has been implemented in around 130 countries worldwide. Around 9,000 students and 500+ universities around the world have been benefitted from this program so far, added the release.