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Defense Careers in Bangladesh

A career in the defense force is the most respectful career for any country’s people. A career in defense will give a man the real purpose to work for the nation. They have to work for the tight-knit team and protect the country from inner and outer enemies. Defense careers in Bangladesh are also respected by the people of the country. Where Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force, Border Guard Bangladesh are mainly trained to protect our country from the attack of the outer enemy, Bangladesh Police, RAB, Bangladesh Ansar, Coast Guard Bangladesh are mainly trained to defend the inner enemy. All of these forces also take part in the activities to help the people of Bangladesh.  If anyone chooses his/her career in defense of Bangladesh, it’s a must duty for others to respect and obey him/her.

Actually the defense in Bangladesh are divided into 4 categories.  They are,

  1. Military: Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force
  2. Paramilitary: BNCC, BGB, Coast Guard, Ansar, VDP
  3. Non-Military: Bangladesh Police, Fire Service, and Civil Defence Bangladesh.
  4. Elite Force: Rapid Action Battalion ( RAB) 

Every type of defense job has some specific requirements. There are also different types of advantages for every job. Here is a short description of these:

Bangladesh Army

The people of Bangladesh chose the career Bangladesh Army as their first priority. 148,617 regular army personnel and 13,508 civilian personnel work in the Bangladesh Army. The jobs in the army are divided into 3 categories.  They are CO ( Commanding Officer ) JCO( Junior Commissioned officer) and NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer). COs are known as first-class gazetted officers and they have the power to order the JCOs and NCOs. To become a commanding officer one has to go under some set of tests. At first, he/she has to get at least a 4.50 GPA in SSC and 5.00 in HSC. Then preliminary medical and viva occur. If the candidate gets selected, then he has to attend a hundred mark exam. After clearing the exam, he has to complete the 4-day long ISSB (Inter Service Selection Board). After getting a green card in ISSB with a high GPA, he/she will be able to join the 3 year toughest training. When he/she completes the training, he/she then becomes a CO.  JCOs are first-class non gazetted officers. After completing graduation from any university with high CGPA one can apply for JCO’s post. The training of JCOs is 8-12 months long. NCOs are the most junior office.  With having more than 4.50 GPAs in SSC one can apply for the post. After some tests, they gain the green card and complete training of 8-12 months. As defense service holders are government employees, they’ll get salary according to the Public service commission pay scale. Also, they’ll get ration from the government, vehicles, houses, land plots, free medical treatment in Combined military hospitals. Kids and family members of the army personnel will get the privilege to get admission to army schools, Army colleges, and Army Universities more than the civilians. The army personnel can earn a lot of money when they go to different countries to participate in the UN peacekeeping missions, with a risk of losing life at the same time. But compared to other professions, the Army is one of the best professions in the world. The Army always holds a place of respect in people’s hearts.

Bangladesh Navy

Bangladesh Navy is another choice of the people. Bangladesh Navy is a military force that provides naval support to the Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Air Force. 21,281 personnel work in the Bangladesh Navy with 112 ships and 4 aircraft.  The jobs in the navy are also in 3 categories. These are totally like the army. But in some cases, the demand for GPA or CGPA is less. A navy person is a government official. So he/she will be paid according to the Public Commission pay scale. He/she also gets ration and other facilities like army personnel. 

Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force is a military force that provides air support to the army and navy. Bangladesh Air Force has enriched with different types of new modern fighting air crafts and ammunition. 14000 active personnel work in the Bangladesh Air Force with 159 aircraft. Jobs in the air force are categorized in 3 ways like the army. Selection in the air force is also like the selection procedure of the army. But the demand for GPA and GPA is less. In this case, commissioned officer trainees must have to obtain at least 4.00 both in physics and math in his. An air force personnel gets all the facilities as army personnel gets.

BGB

Border Guard, Bangladesh is also known as BGB is the safety force of our border area. They keep the border safe so that no enemy can enter into our country and harm us. 50000 well-trained personnel work as the Border Guard of Bangladesh. This auxiliary paramilitary force job is categorized into 3 ways as like the army.  But the COs are army, navy, air force officials. NCOs get directly into the BGB. As this is a government job, the salary they get according to the Public Commission pay scale. They also get ration, free medical treatment, etc.

RAB

Rapid Action Battalion also was known as RAB is the elite force of Bangladesh. 2002 personnel work in the RAB. This job is categorized as the army. But RAB has no own man force actually.  Officers of the army, navy, air force, and Bangladesh Police are working for RAB. Most of the officials are from Bangladesh Police. RAB is mainly formed to prevent IT crimes. They also work to stop drug trafficking and terrorism. They also get salaries like the army. They have all kinds of facilities.  

Bangladesh Police

Bangladesh Police is a nonmilitary force that provides safety from an inner country collision. Actually Police are the second-largest force in Bangladesh according to the number of personnel. About 250000+ active members are here. This is under the Ministry Of Home Affairs. Police also have 3 categorized officers. The COs have to complete BCS. The JCOs have to cut a good CGPA from university and NCOs have to gain a good GPA both in SSC and HSC. Police also get a good salary, ration, etc.

Fire Service And Civil Defence 

Fire Service And Civil Defence is an auxiliary nonmilitary force that works to control fire and other disasters to save the people. In 427 fire stations, 10000 personnel works.  They also get a good salary.

Bangladesh Ansar

Bangladesh Ansar is the largest force in Bangladesh with 68,40,000 active members. They are trained to help police especially. In some cases, they help the army also. This paramilitary force gets a salary from the government. There is a special branch of Ansar known as VDP (Village Defence Police). They work to keep the village calm.   

Coast Guard Bangladesh

Coast Guard Bangladesh is a special type of paramilitary force which works for the safety in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. 3339 personnel work in this with 62 ships. Actually the members of the coast guard are from the navy. They are well trained and armed and they save Bangladeshi fishermen from the attack of the pirates. They also get a handsome salary

BNCC

BNCC (Bangladesh National Cadet Corps) is also a paramilitary reserve force.  It helps Bangladesh military force in any war. But this is one kind of voluntary organization and there is no salary for them every month.

Sources: www.defencecareers.mil.nz, Wikipedia

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Future of IT in Bangladesh

Information Technology ( IT ) has changed the world in modern days. IT is the special use of computers to store, extract, transmit and manipulate data or information. IT is considered as a subset of Information And Communication Technology. Humans have been storing, extracting, transmitting and manipulating data or information as a written format since Mesopotamia. Modern day technologies have upgraded the system and made unlimited storage. 

Over the last 7 years, the offshore IT market of Bangladesh has grown at a good rate. In fact Bangladesh has already become one of the best places for IT players in recent years. With the ability to operate at least 20-30% lower cost than any other countries of South Asia, Bangladesh gives a large entry-level workforce. 

The IT industry in Bangladesh helps the national economy a lot. This industry not only helps the national economy but also creates a prestigious position in the global market. The domestic market size was US$ 0.9-1.1 billion in 2017. But in 2020 the size is US$ 2.3-2.6 billion and the income is increasing. As a result the government of Bangladesh has given their interest in this sector already. Bangladesh has a large population and they are really interested to work in this sector. On the other hand, the cost of working in Bangladesh is really less than other Asian countries like India, Philippines, Pakistan etc. So the present state of IT industry in Bangladesh is really good. 

An IT based company wants a lot of things and Bangladesh is completing those wants. Supply of electricity is the first basic wants of a company. Bangladesh is producing as much as electricity. So there will be no load shedding in future. Then Bangladesh is connected with SEA-ME-WE 6 fibre cable. So the internet speed is good enough and increasing day by day. An IT company  needs that type of internet speed. 

Bangladesh is a country where anyone can build a business and carry on that. People easily get attached with those products. An IT company produces software, cloud computers, databases etc and people of Bangladesh always accept them properly. So the foreign investors are finding interest in investing in the IT sectors of Bangladesh. As we can see, the future is really bright for the IT sector. 

Moreover the government will make 100% corporate tax exemption till 2024 and 80% VAT exemption on rentals and utilities. The Bangladesh government is setting up 25 high-tech parks and software parks across the country.  The decision ‘50% personal income tax reduction for foreign employees for 3 years’ has given a wide range for the foreigners to work with this country’s people. 

Every year a lot of students are completing their graduation, post-graduation degree and trying their best to get a job. Unfortunately there are not enough job opportunities in Bangladesh. In this case the IT sector  is creating a big space. In an IT company an employer doesn’t need to be physically present. So he/she can work from a long distance. 

Bangladesh is mainly focused in the USA and the UK based IT sectors. Now the situation is changing and other rich European countries are also beneficial for the future of Bangladesh. So Bangladeshi IT companies are searching for the future market for Bangladesh in those countries.  

Bangladesh has limited liabilities but if the people utilizes these properly, the situation will improve. Bangladesh has the potential to play multiple roles in the service delivery portfolios of global companies. Bangladesh can be called a hub for the regional market. As the domestic market is poised  with remarkable growth, the government as well as private sectors will invest a lot in the IT industry in future. So the future of this industry is really on top of the mark. 

Bangladesh offers a compelling blend of quality talent at a lower cost with a risk profile much lower than commonly perceived. The proposition is further accentuated with sensible government support to boost foreign investments. Bangladesh has positioned herself as a strong contender for companies appraising locations for the next wave of cost arbitrage.  There are certain challenges regarding infrastructure, talent adjustability and data protection. However the government and industry have adopted bold measures to assuage their impact and create a harmonious ecosystem for the growth of the IT sector. It is important for companies to consider  Bangladesh to understand the nature of risks that exist and how they compare with other peer emerging locations in order to make an informed decision based on the ability to manage or mitigate such risks.    

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Md. Istiak Ahmed
Faculty Of Business Studies 10th Batch
Department Of Management
Session: 2019-2020
Mawlana Bhashani Science And Technology University, Santosh, Tangail.

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Career In Defence Sector For BBA Students In Bangladesh

Defence sector is one of the best career paths for anyone. Here one person will get a high salary as well as respect from society. Bachelor of Business Administration or BBA is a special degree in business studies. This degree can be in accounting, management, marketing, finance etc. A student who has completed his/her education and obtained BBA, he/she has a great chance to work in the defence sector. 

Military forces of Bangladesh (Army, Navy and Air Force) recruit warrant officers who have completed minimum graduation. Police also recruit Sub-inspector who has at least graduated. 

Warrant Officers Of Three Military Forces

The Bangladesh Army, the Bangladesh Navy and the Bangladesh Air Force recruit warrant officers. These warrant officers are like the bridge between ranked officers and the normal army. A student who has obtained his/her BBA can join as the warrant officer. He/she needs to get a high CGPA from any good university in BBA then complete all the formalities. After the training of 1 year, he/she can work as a junior warrant officer. The demand for CGPA is more in the Bangladesh Army, then the Bangladesh Navy and then the Bangladesh Air Force. 

A warrant officer gets a good salary with all the advantages given by the Bangladesh Government. 

Army Education Corps

There are many universities in Bangladesh which are controlled by the army. These universities are for the army as well as the civilians to complete higher education. Like Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Military Institute of Science And Technology (MIST), National Defence College (NDC). Here a lot of BBA students are recruited by the Bangladesh army as a professor. They will get a higher salary than other universities/schools/colleges teachers. This is a great chance for the BBA students. He/she needs to grab a high CGPA and complete all the formalities. Then he/she will become a professor. 

Police

 Bangladesh police’s officer rank starts from SI (sub-inspector). If anyone wants to become an SI, he/she needs to complete graduation. After all the formalities get done, he/she will become an SI. A person who has completed BBA will get a chance here. An SI of police get a good salary with ration. He is respected by all the people of the society. 

NSI

 National security intelligence or NSI is the detective agency under the ministry of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The NSI is the leading organized agency of the Government of Bangladesh in the field of internal security, counter-terrorism, counterintelligence and foreign intelligence. NSI is the largest among all the intelligence agencies in Bangladesh, the others being the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), SB, CID, PBI and intelligence directorates of armed and paramilitary forces. In NSI minimum graduation is required. A person who has completed BBA has a high opportunity to work in NSI.    

SP And OC

An SP or Superintendent of Police controls a thana. An OC or Officer In charge also controls a thana. But OC is under SP. Both of them have to complete BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service). After completing BBA one can complete the BCS (Police) and become an OC or ASP and then promoted to SP.       

PBI

 Police bureau of investigation or PBI is the security agency of Bangladesh. This agency is for detecting the higher-ranked officials of Bangladesh. At least a person has to complete graduation. If anyone completed BBA then this will be very grateful. 

CID

Criminal investigation department or CID the detective agency in Bangladesh. When police cannot solve any case then CID take over the case and try to solve that. CID recruits minimum graduated people for becoming a CID officer. So a person who has completed BBA has a high chance to work in this reputed defence sector.    

In the defence sector, these are the fields for a BBA student to work. They will get a high salary as well as respect for the people of Bangladesh through working here.

Written By

Md. Istiak Ahmed
Faculty Of Business Studies 10th Batch
Department Of Management
Session: 2019-2020
Mawlana Bhashani Science And Technology University, Santosh, Tangail.

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