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    Sheikh Hasina Software Park – a state-of-the-art facility in Jessore

    online desk | 12 December 2017 | 4:04 pm

    Sheikh Hasina Software Park – a state-of-the-art facility in Jessore

    Even though the park was inaugurated two days ago, innovation and software development work has been going on for the past five months

    The second server station of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Software Park, formally started its journey on December 10.

    All the data of government and non-government organizations can be extracted from Sheikh Hasina Software Park if the first server station in Gazipur’s Kaliakoir faces any glitch.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the newly-built park in Jessore via teleconference, opening a new horizon of potential in Bangladesh’s ICT sector.

    Even though the park was inaugurated two days ago, innovation and software development work has been going on for the past five months.

    Six software companies started working in the park at the start, but later, in the second stage, work space was allotted to 39 other companies.

    PM inaugurates ‘Sheikh Hasina Software Park’

    Park Planning Director (Joint secretary) Jahangir Alam said: “The park started off with six companies five months ago. In the second stage, 55 companies sought permission to work in the park, but after scrutiny, we allotted space to 39 of them.”

    He hoped the park will soon start full-fledged operations.

    Jahangir Alam, also a joint secretary of the government, said that the Software Technology Park has been set up in Jessore targeting the 10 districts under Khulna Division.

    He said: “IT industry entrepreneurs from both home and abroad can invest here.”

    This park will facilitate operations of software development, freelancing/outsourcing, call centre, research and development, he said.

    Survey Engineer of the project Abdullah Al Mamun said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had earlier promised to build a world-class IT Park in Jessore while inaugurating Jessore Science and Technology University on December 27, 2010.

    Following that announcement, the construction of the IT Park began in February 2013 at Bejpara in Shankarpur area of the town, at an expenditure of Tk305 crore.

    PM inaugurates ‘Sheikh Hasina Software Park’

    The park will have a total of around 232,000 square feet space with modern facilities, including a 15-storey MTB building, 12-storey three-star standard dormitory building, state-of-the art convention centre and underground parking.

    Each of the floors will have some 14,000 square feet space.

    As per the requirements of the Japanese entrepreneurs, the entire 11th floor of the dormitory building has been transformed into a world-class gym.

    All the buildings have been built with earthquake resistant composite (steel and concrete) structure, the sources said.

    Besides, the IT Park will have a 33 KVA power sub-station, fiber optic internet line and other utility services.

    Engineer Mamun said: “This park is Bangladesh’s second server station for data storage. It can be used if the first one faces problems.

    “Data can be collected from here for any purpose and at any point of time. This park also has 24 hour electricity and interment supply.”

    The fiber optic connections drawn from India will start from the park and solar panels will also be set up on the terrace of the 12-storey dormitory building for an alternative source of electricity.

    Roksana Yasin, a college student visiting the park, said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina built one of the largest IT parks in the country here.

    “This is a unique initiative. This park will help inspire educated youths here.”

    “This park will not only play a role in the economy of the country but also act as an recreation spot for people living in and around Jessore,” said another visitor named Azgar Ali.

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