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IT, hi-tech parks fuelling start-ups in Rajshahi, Jashore – The Business Standard

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Gone are the days when youths in Rajshahi had to scramble for jobs with hardly any employment opportunities in their own “city of education”.

They had to flock to different industrial cities and towns – Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram in particular – in search of jobs.

Rajshahi has now been growing as a hub of start-up founders and freelancers centring on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park, thanks to ceaseless efforts on the part of the Information and Communicati…….

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Gone are the days when youths in Rajshahi had to scramble for jobs with hardly any employment opportunities in their own “city of education”.

They had to flock to different industrial cities and townsDhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram in particularin search of jobs.

Rajshahi has now been growing as a hub of start-up founders and freelancers centring on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park, thanks to ceaseless efforts on the part of the Information and Communication Technology Division.

Monjurul Morshed, Khairul Alam, Mahfuzur Rahman are a few names – starting from scratch, they have come up through the ranks and now own businesses worth crores of taka. More than 2,000 freelancers have now been engaged in outsourcing jobs under them.

Local people have already started popularising Rajshahi as a “digital town”.

Jashore is also following in its footsteps with the making of start-ups and freelancers in the town based on Sheikh Hasina Software Park.

Likewise, Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centres in Natore and Magura are driving down unemployment by imparting freelancing training to educated youths.

With the development of such IT infrastructure across the country, the government is now on the road to materialising its “Digital Bangladesh” dream.

In 2016, Monjurul Morshed, chief executive officer of MD Infotech based in Rajshahi, a fast growing outsourcing firm, started outsourcing as a freelancer. The man, who initially worked in web design and digital marketing, is currently working on customer service, operations, accounts and product development for companies such as Amazon and Walmart. 

He is also working on developing necessary software for robotics and automation. His company has currently employed over 600 freelancers and is earning Tk400-Tk500 crore a year.

Talking about his success, Monjurul said, “I have gone through a lot of hurdles in my life to reach this position today.

“Initially when I started in Chattogram and later shifted to Gaibandha, I did not get enough work orders for not having a permanent office and government recognition. After coming to Rajshahi Hi-Tech Park, my company has expanded with many big orders flowing in because of all necessary logistic support.

His IT firm is also enjoying a seven-year tax break, he noted.

Md Khairul Alam, chief executive officer at Fleet Bangladesh – another Rajshahi-based IT firm, said, “I quit my job at Nitol Niloy Group with a salary of Tk48,000 and ventured into freelancing to become an entrepreneur. I could easily open an office in Rajshahi Hi-Tech Park. At present, I spend Tk2.5 crore on staff salaries per month.”

However, freelancers and IT entrepreneurs say they are still facing many problems, such as a slow Internet speed, disruption in work …….

Source: https://www.tbsnews.net/tech/ict/it-hi-tech-parks-fuelling-start-ups-rajshahi-jashore-331378