A seminar on “Safe Internet for Academic Excellence” was arranged by Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) and the Computer Science Department, AIUB in association with the AIUB Computer Club (ACC) on Tuesday, 8 November 2022. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, Honorable Minister, Post Telecommunications Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology was present as the Chief Guest. Mr. Ishtiaque Abedin, Founder member and Chairman, AIUB Board of Trustees, Dr. Hasanul A. Hasan, Founder Member, AIUB Board of Trustees, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice Chancellor, AIUB and Ms. Shania Mahia Abedin, Member, AIUB Board of Trustees received the honorable minister at the AIUB Campus.
The seminar took place in the AIUB Auditorium. Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice Chancellor, AIUB presided over the program. Md. Emdadul Hoque, President, ISPAB and Director and COO, Optimax Communication Limited; Mr. Sakif Ahmed, Director, ISPAB and Director and CEO, InfoLink Ltd., Mr. Nazmul Karim Bhuiyan, Secretary General, ISPAB and Managing Director, KS Network Ltd.; and Mr. Iqbal Bahar Zahid Founder and President, Nijer Bolar Moto Ekta Golpo were present as special guests.
Prof. Dr. A B M. Siddique Hossain, Honorable Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB delivered the welcome speech where he highlighted the need of incorporating topics like data science, AI, robotics, block chain, etc. in the curriculum.
Later the specials guests, Mr. Iqbal Bahar Zahid, Mr. Sakif Ahmed, Mr. Nazmul Karim Bhuiyan, Mr. Emdadul Haque delivered their speeches where they shared their experiences, future plans of ISPAB, discussed on the current condition of internet services, cost and speed in the country. They also talked about highlighted how ISPs are contributing to the digital growth of the country.
The chief guest and honorable minister, Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, in his valuable speech, started by sharing the story of Bijoy keyboard innovation. He also mentioned about "Mr. Hanif Uddin", the first Bangladeshi computer programmer. He further discussed about the Digital Bangladesh, the Bangabandhu Satellite, progression of 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G network in Bangladesh, two-step verification and internet security condition in the country.
At the conclusion of the session, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Honorable Vice Chancellor of AIUB expressed her valuable thoughts about safe internet for the world and also thanked the organizers and the chief guest for being present in such a valuable seminar. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Carmen handed over crests and gift packs to the guests.