|Case Study: Khandakar A H Mahmud|
Name: Khandakar A H Mahmud
Trainee ID: 1115224
Course: Networking Technologies (NT)
Position: Asst. Programmer
Employer: Department of Public Health Engineering
A Dream Come True
After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Dhaka University in 2009, like many of his classmates Khandakar A H Mahmud went back to his hometown and started applying for government and private jobs. It was not possible for him to stay in Dhaka for he could not afford it. He faced a few recruitment tests but did not succeed in any. According to him, lack of computer knowledge was one of the most important reasons for his failure in the recruitment tests.
Seeing the Round 11 intake announcement of IDB-BISEW IT Scholarship in 2010, Mahmud decided to apply because it was completely free, offered international standard training along with vendor certification and came with a monthly allowance of Tk. 2,000. He succeeded in the screening tests and went on to complete the Diploma in Networking in 2011. Immediately afterwards, Mahmud secured a 6-months long BCC internship programme and started applying for jobs again – this time with confidence.
Mahmud applied for the post of Assistant Programmer circulated by Public Service Commission (PSC). But the highly competitive exam for entering for entering public service required knowledge about programming languages while he had specialized in networking. But learning programming in private training institutes was beyond his means. But Mahmud did not sit back. He communicated with IDB-BISEW and informed them about the opportunity and the exam requirements. Arranged by IDB-BISEW, a skilled instructor taught him basic programming language in a crash course. With proper preparation he sat for the written exam, passed successfully and was selected for viva. He faced the PSC viva with confidence and secured 4th position in the merit list. This enabled him to get a Class 1 government job. He was the only person who got the job with an academic background in Arts. Now he is working as an Assistant Programmer in the Ministry of Local Government – thanks to the IDB-BISEW IT Scholarship Project.