Dr. Haider Ali
Chairman, Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of Dhaka
Now, Information Technology (IT) has spread in Bangladesh a
lot. IT is influencing many sectors of our economy such as
communication system, software development, hardware
industry and the development activities. We talked to Dr.
Haider Ali, a teacher of Commuter Science and Technology
department of University of Dhaka. The interview is stated
Q: What is the real condition of the IT sector of
Haider Ali: At present, a big problem, of our IT sector
is that the general people of our country are deprived of
getting into the IT sector properly though our rich class
has already captured it. Now-a-days, use of computer &
internet is increasing for educational purpose and digital
communication. As a result, the successful application of
ICT and E-Commerce has already started in our country.
Dr. Haider Al,
Chairman, Computer Science and Engineering Department,
University of Dhaka and the students of Nari Jobon ICT
Q: Tell about the software and hardware industry of our
Haider Ali: Software is a bright sector though most of
the initiatives are coming from only the private sector. We
are now getting into outsourcing which is a positive sign
for our software industry. However, in the hardware industry
we are not as good as India; China has captured the world
market in hardware.
Q: Why people are not coming in 3D animation?
Haider Ali: For our country 3D animation is very
expensive. Those who are studying in animation in our
country, most of them drop out just for not getting a proper
guidance. Moreover, a major part of the students going
abroad do not come back after getting the international
degree and being internationally qualified. I think
government should take a long term plan for the development
of our animation industry and if it is needed, we should
appoint foreign trainer.
Q: How submarine cable is exerting in IT?
Haider Ali: Submarine cable would help to forward IT
sector in another stage but we have to be conscious about
its using and managing system.
Q: Do you not think that the IT facility is inadequate for
Haider Ali: Yes, but it is very hard to arrange computer
program for every department. In this situation, all of the
departments altogether can build a center lab. At present,
we have one cyber café in TSC building. Now we are going to
setup another cafe at Central Library and the 3rd
cafe would be setup at Science Faculty.
Q: Why computer science is losing its demand today?
Haider Ali: It’s true that computer science lost its
demand for a long time. The reason lies behind it, I think,
is lack of practical knowledge as we do not have enough
practical field in job market.
Q: How can we develop our IT sector?
Haider Ali: Actually our students are very meritorious
than that of any other country and if we become good at
mathematics we will be in a better position. At first, we
have to develop awareness among the trainers and teachers.
We should make computer as a compulsory subject in school
and college and create new field in teaching profession and
job sector. Above all, we have to protect the criminal
activities in IT sector. Another main cause of backwardness
in IT is the disqualified authority of policy making.
Q: Why Computer Science lost its demand?
Haider Ali: At first, computer Science had a huge appeal
among the students but with the time being, students become
less interested in this discipline. As a reason, we can say
that there is no computer based industry in our country and
in job market there is no extra facilities for the computer
expert that a BBA student gets.
them think that without studying computer science we can get
the concept of its program going through a computer course
or diploma course.
Moreover, in the earlier time, there was a vast opportunity
for a student in the outer world which is now inadequate.
this, a lot of works related to IT form abroad were not
way, the demand of computer science in all classes do not
mean that in this way students would be skilled in computers
science because after the completion of their study, they
could not get the chance of getting into the practical
experience in the professional life and thus they remain
less qualified for job sector.
present, the University of Computer Science is increasing
and at the same time the number of IT related job is
increasing which can be terms as a turning point for our IT
sector. Computer and IT related job sector should be
increased in future for the assurance of our existence in
the IT world.