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Awais opens Microsoft training workshop

KARACHI – The Minister for Science and Technology, Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, inaugurated a three-day training course for software development at a local hotel on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 students of computer science gathered to attend the training workshop organised by Microsoft Pakistan – which had invited delegates from 10 countries to impart the knowledge of using Microsoft tools in designing computer software.

The chief guest, Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, while throwing light on the future plans of his ministry announced the launching of a scheme next month to increase the number of computer owners in Pakistan. “Any computer assembled in Pakistan or under a local brand could be purchased on instalments payable through the utility bills.”

“We have talked to utility firms and they have agreed to provide assistance in this regard,” the minister said.

The scheme would be a boost to the sales of Microsoft in the country, since their operating system would be installed over these computers.

Commenting on the Urdu version project for operating systems, the minister said:

“In collaboration with FAST, we are working to create an Urdu version of the Microsoft desktop. Due to this innovation a large number of people would be able to understand and use computers efficiently.”

The IT minister also spoke about introducing wireless broadband technology to the country by next year. “Our goal is cheap and easy access to broadband.”

The newly designated Chief Minister Sindh, Arbab Ghulam Rahim; Karachi City Nazim, Naimatullah Khan; Sindh Minister for Information and Technology, Kamal Mustafa; MD Pakistan Software Export Board, Dr Amir Mateen; Project Botticelli Ltd. Director, Rafal Lukawiecki; Country Manager Microsoft Pakistan, Jawwad Rehman also spoke at the occasion.
Source: The News
Date:6/16/2004