Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that she had her first lesson of computer education from her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
"I also knew the word 'digital' from Joy," said Sheikh Hasina, the architect of Digital Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister disclosed this while addressing the Digital Center Entrepreneurs Conference at the National Parade Square in the city.
About 11,000 entrepreneurs of over 4,500 Digital Centers, previously known as Union Information and Service Centers (UISCs), joined the conference.
At the outset of her speech, the Prime Minister said: "The computer education that I had and the word 'digital' I learnt from none other than my son Sajeeb Wazed Joy."
Highlighting the role of Joy in her computer education, Sheikh Hasina said there is no age for learning.
"Joy used to bring computer, when he studied at the school. Then I used to touch the computer. I along with my friend (late) Baby Moudud learnt computer typing from him," she said.
The Prime Minister said her government always gave priority to the computer education and training. "That's why my 1996-2001 government withdrew tax on computer at the advice of Joy."
"Joy had advised to lift tax on computer, and accordingly I asked the then finance minister (late) Shah AMS Kibria to take steps (to this end)," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said it was her party which bought a computer first in 1991 to conduct party activities smoothly. "Taka 3.50 lakh was spent to purchase that computer," she said.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, eminent IT expert and PM's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, State Minister for ICT Junaed Ahmed Palak and UNDP Country Director Paulin Tamesis addressed the conference as special guests with Local Government Division Secretary M Monzur Hossain in the chair.
PM's Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar spoke, while PMO Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad gave the address of welcome and Project Director of the A2I Programme Kabir Bin Anwar gave the vote of thanks. ?BSS