The 51st birthday of Bangabandhu’s grandson Sajeeb Wazed Joy is being celebrated today amid increasing public expectations about his future role in political arena as by now he played the pivotal role in setting the country’s crucial course being the beacon of ‘Digital Bangladesh’.
Despite being a leading political figure, Joy so far preferred a distinct course of action unlike any conventional politician, to materialize the electoral pledge of the party he belongs to and his mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leads to build a Digital Bangladesh.
Contemporary political history suggests that Joy, also Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Affairs Adviser, was a key figure in formulating the Awami League’s Vision 2021 manifesto, based-on what the party was reelected thrice to power since 2008.
Being a member of Bangladesh’s most illustrious political family, Joy’s character largely reflects the qualities of his grandfather Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who founded the country to remain as the Father of the Nation.
A graduate in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in the United States, Joy was born in 1971, coinciding with the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. His father Dr MA Wazed Miah was an internationally reputed nuclear scientist.
Joy attended the Kennedy School of Government at one of world’s most famous Harvard University, which taught him the governance issues and earned him the Masters degree in Public Administration.
According to observers, Joy successfully could combine his academic learning on these two disciplines to be applied in leading the Digital Bangladesh campaign.
His excellence earned him the honour of being selected as one of the “250 Young Global Leaders of the World” in 2007 Davos summit of World Economic Forum, which is said to largely set the global affairs.
On February 25 in 2009, Sajeeb Wazed officially joined the Awami League as a primary member of the Rangpur district unit of the party within days, and as an IT policy analyst, unveiled the concept paper and action plan for the government’s ambitious “Digital Bangladesh” campaign.
The aim was to develop a strong ICT industry in Bangladesh and initiate e-governance and IT education on a mass scale to materialize Bangabandhu’s dreams of a prosperous Bangladesh in the new century.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established a satellite earth station at Betbunia in 1975, while being his grandson Joy sent a satellite into space.
Bangladesh achieved a remarkable success in the field of ICT with millions of the country’s youths earning money from home and competing with the whole world due to Joy’s initiative.
Joy, who is also dubbed as architect of Digital Bangladesh, is currently spearheading a campaign in developing young entrepreneurs by taking various programs related to information technology, politics, social, economic and education.
Sheikh Hasina releases postal stamp marking 50th birth anniversary of Sajeeb Wazed Joy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina released a special commemorative postage stamp, an opening day cover and a Data Card marking the 50th birth anniversary of her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy and a grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Prime Minister unveiled the 10-Taka commemorative postage stamp, a 10-Taka opening day cover and a five-Taka Data Card at a simple ceremony at her official Ganabhaban residence this morning.
A special canceller was used on the occasion.
Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Afzal Hossain and Director General of Directorate of Posts, Bangladesh Post Office, Md Siraz Uddin, were present on the occasion.
The stamp, first-day cover and data card would be sold from Philatelic Bureau of Dhaka GPO from today and those would be available at other GPOs and head post offices across the country later.
Joy has established Bangladesh as a ‘roaring tiger’ in the digital world
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader hoped Bangladesh would lead in the 4th industrial revolution holding the hands of Bangabandhu’s grandson Sajeeb Wazed Joy with the cooperation of architect of development and achievement Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He was addressing a webinar titled “Progressing Digital Technology under the Leadership of Jananetri Sheikh Hasina: Pioneer from Mujib to Sajeeb” arranged by AL science and technology affairs sub-committee.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said Digital Bangladesh is the modern from of ‘Sonar Bangla’ dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In 1973, Bangabandhu started the technology-oriented journey through taking the membership of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), he said.
Bangabandhu had initiated the journey towards Digital Bangladesh by establishing a satellite earth station at Betbunia on June 14, 1975 and in contention of that today Bangladesh has been turned into a Digital Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he addd.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, also ICT Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is spearheading the task of materializing Bangabandhu’s dream with utmost sincerity and honesty, he said.
“When the entire world gets paused due to coronavirus pandemic while business and commerce and government services become stagnant in lockdowns one after another, then we can understand what the meaning of Digital Bangladesh is,” he said.
During the coronavirus crisis, he said, Bangladesh noticeably felt the magical strength of information and communication technology (ICT) in every sector including education, health, business and commerce.
AL Science and Technology Affairs Sub-Committee Chairman Dr Hossain Mansur chaired the webinar while AL Science and Technology Affairs Secretary and sub-committee’s member secretary Engineer Md Abdus Sabur delivered the welcome address.
Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) Vice-Chancellor Prof Engineer Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Engineer Abdul Jabbar Khan and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Vice-Chancellor Prof Engineer Munaj Ahmed Noor addressed the webinar as discussants.
Canadian University of Bangladesh Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Engineer Muhammad Mahfuzul Islam presented the keynote paper in the webinar, moderated by the AL sub-committee member Engineer Md Ranak Ahsan.
Quader said because of digitization, the people are getting speedy services even during the coronavirus crisis.
Describing Sajeeb Wazed Joy as a devoted, patriotic and selfless scientist having dreams, the minister said Joy is the silent architect of the country’s massive progress in ICT sector.
The AL general secretary said when AL had announced the vision of building a Digital Bangladesh in its election manifesto in 2008, people used to make various mockeries centering the dream.
Now with the passage of an era, there is no need to make the people understand what is Digital Bangladesh rather they can make others understand what is Digital Bangladesh, he said.
“Today’s Bangladesh and the Bangladesh of 12 years back are not the same. We are now citizens of new Bangladesh. The changed Bangladesh is now member of atomic and satellite world,” he said.
The minister said Bangladesh today achieved maritime boundary having huge potentials and it is now in the row of developing nations after getting rid of being labeled as a bottomless basket.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been taking the country ahead towards prosperity in continuation of the achievements of her father and digital technology is the key weapon to achieve the goals.
The nations which can cope with the ever-changing world with the touch of technology are marching forward towards sustainable development, he said, adding that the dreamer of future Bangladesh Sajeeb Wazed Joy proved his charisma and capability in this arena.
Joy has established Bangladesh as a ‘roaring tiger’ in the digital world, he said.
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