Google Bus has been launched in Bangladesh to train its half a million of college and university students the use of Internet.
State Minister for Information Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Polok inaugurated the Google Bus Bangladesh project at Bangabandhu International conference centre in Dhaka. The project aims to empower 5 lakhs undergraduates by conducting Internet workshops for a year visiting 500 college and university campuses in 35 locations across the country.
The Google Bus itself has been retrofitted with stowaway seats, 3G Internet connectivity and an array of monitors and sound system where training audio-video material can be casted to all the screens, according to Google. Students also can connect online with their peers and learn about the power and utility of the Internet as well as expose themselves to Google tools.
“Bangladesh is a country on the move with an immense pool of youthful citizens to help it progress and prosper. Equipped with the right training, we think this young, energetic and highly motivated section of society would be able to maximise the endless possibilities of the Internet and create a connected, digital Bangladesh for the global village,” said James McClure, country manager emerging markets of Google Asia Pacific.
The project is already underway in Dhaka where several campus workshops have taken place.
Over the next few months it will make its way to academic institutions in and around Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barisal and other major cities.
– Courtesy Daily Star