Projects worth Rs300m okayed for IT sector
ISLAMABAD- The Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) of the IT & Telecommunications Division of the Ministry of Science & Technology has approved projects worth Rs 300 million for the IT sector.
In its meeting on August 31, with Secretary IT & Telecommunications Division Abu Shamim M Arif in the chair, the Committee approved projects on scholarship and Qarz-e- Hasna schemes for the talented students in Bachelors and Masters in IT field, training of medical transcriptionists, Internetworking, IT faculty hiring from abroad and retraining of public service scientists and engineers in IT,
Under the IT policy and action plan, recently approved by the cabinet, a major portion of funds would go to human resource development in the IT sector. So all the schemes approved by the DDWP relate to human resource development in the country. The scholarship and Qarz-eHasna schemes would support 1,000 students in BCS and MCS programmes every year with the objective of helping those talented students who cannot afford the high cost of education within the country.
Training of medical transcriptionists would provide an opportunity for students to get absorbed in this foreign exchange earning industry within the country. Under the re-training programme, 200 scholarships would be provided to the public service engineers and scientists who are underemployed and their services are not being effectively utilised within the governmental organisations.
This would enable these professionals to get a Masters degree in IT so that they can become an effective and productive work force for the national economy. Training in Internetworking would aim at training 1400 students and professionals in leading and cutting edge networking technologies under a subsidised programme in a period of two years.
To support the public and private sector IT institutions and universities, and to overcome the shortage of IT faculty in the country, services of 240 man months would be hired from abroad by the IT & telecom division under a crash programme, and these members would be placed in various institutions across the country.
Source: Business Recorder