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Pakistan Television (PTV) for education next year: Dr Ata

RAWALPINDI- The Pakistan Television Corporation (PTC) will start a new channel to impart IT education from next year, according to Federal Science and Technology Minister Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman.

Besides, the minister said while addressing the 10th convocation of the Military College of Signals (MCS) here that seven new IT universities would also be established in the country.

The ceremony was attended by National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Rector Shujaat Hussain Bukhari, Rawalpindi Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Jamshed Gulzar, PTA Chairmen Mian Javed, MCS Commandant Major General Syed Shua-ul-Qamar, senior armed forces officers and the parents of the graduating students.

The minister said that the government was committed to the promotion of the IT and the internet facilities have been provided to 300 cities and towns in the country.

“Some 70 to 80 percent population of the country has now access to internet”, Dr. Ata said. The Cabinet has approved the new IT policy and now the follow-up steps were being taken in this regard. All duties on the export of software have been withdrawn to encourage the software exports.

Ata stressed the need for investing in the human development sector which was neglected in the past and which was vital for the progress of Pakistan. He advised the new engineering graduates not to compromise on integrity at any cost.

The minister said about his recent visit to Silicon Valley in China that there were only 1,000 factory workers and 4,000 research and development personnel and that factory exports software worth $3 billion annually. This shows the importance of the human development sector, which is imperative for development.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:11/12/2000