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IT Division launched 132 projects worth Rs11bn: Atta

ISLAMABAD- Information Technology (IT) and Telecom Division has launched over 132 projects worth more than Rs11 billion during the last two years, said Minister for Science and Technology, Prof Atta-ur-Rahman.

“The main focus areas were creating an extensive pool of high quality manpower in key areas of IT and Telecom, enhancement of telecom infrastructure and creating an enabling environment for private sector,” he said, presiding over a meeting of IT Action Plan held to review the progress of IT & Telecom Division.

The minister said, the government being fully cognisant of the problems being faced by general public due to high fee structure of private IT institutes, is giving top most priority to providing high quality IT education at affordable price to general public.

To achieve this end, the government has already established three new IT universities and set up IT departments in 31 public sector universities of the country, he said, “This will increase annual output of computer graduates over 7000.” He was informed that Virtual University, which launched its BCS course on March 23, 2002, has the capacity to increase annual output of the computer graduates by over 7000 in five years.

The other HRD programmes include award of over 1000 scholarships to computer graduates, Endowment Fund of over rupees one billion to public sector engineering universities for higher education in IT & Telecom and vocational training programmes to produce over 100,000 professionals in IT enabled services. He said 56 public sector universities are being inter-connected with each other and with institutions world over through educational Internet project to share information and research.
Source: The News