Digitalise Bangla language
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to save Bangla and digitalise the language to build a 'Digital Bangladesh'.
United Nations Association of Bangladesh (UNAB) organised the seminar titled 'Mother Language and Digital Bangladesh' at the Cirdap auditorium in the city.
IT expert Mustafa Jabbar presented the keynote paper at the seminar. He said, “Due to lack of use of Bangla software and dominant use of English in administration, education and almost every other sectors, the position of Bangla is now vulnerable.”
There is no such technology in the world where Bangla language cannot be used, he said. It is the ignorance of the people mostly in administration that is responsible for making technology free of Bangla language, he added.
In today's world the most used language in computer and internet is Chinese, he also said.
For a digital Bangladesh, he suggested rejuvenating the government by introducing computer and internet from top to bottom and keeping hard copies of documents that would speed up the government's activities to keep pace with today's fast world.
This technology should be used in the education system, which would be interactive and students should be made familiar with it from their childhood, he added.
He urged the government to make broadband internet available at every household and initiate e-commerce system to develop a Digital Bangladesh.
He also stressed the role of the government in ensuring intellectual property rights.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Hasan Mahmud was the chief guest at the seminar.
He said, “The prime minister has no lack of commitment to establish a Digital Bangladesh but the people will also have to come forward to assist the government in this respect.”
Professor Mustafa Nurul Islam presided over the seminar, which was moderated by Secretary General of the association Syed Mohammad Shahed.