Huawei Technologies has launched "Seeds for the Future 2021 Bangladesh," for the seventh year in Bangladesh, to inspire ICT talents.
The announcement came through a virtual inauguration event Monday.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak graced the virtual inauguration ceremony as the chief guest.
Seeds for the Future is Huawei's flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme dedicated to top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM students worldwide and is meant for developing local talent, enhancing knowledge transfer, and promoting a greater understanding and interest in the ICT sector.
Launched in Bangladesh in 2014, the programme has been nurturing talents for around 10 years in the global scene.
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 equipping our youth with future-fit ICT skills but also in developing an ecosystem for nurturing ICT talents in the industry."
"The youths are our future. In upcoming years, we will be heavily reliant on ICT skills. Keeping that in mind, Huawei has designed this programme to equip the youths with necessary skills and leadership qualities," Huawei Bangladesh President George Lin said.
"Seeds for the Future has been at the centre of attention as it 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 programme will be, as usual, a revealing experience for all the participants," Dr Mohammad Rubaiyat Tanvir Hossain, head of the electrical and electronic engineering department of the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, said.
This year, students from different science and engineering universities will join the event; the 18 most talented students based on their academic record, knowledge and innovative thinking will be selected as the winners from Bangladesh.
The winners 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, according to a media statement.