Students urged to get abreast with top-class IT education
KARACHI, May 25 2006: Sindh IT Secretary Yahya Waliullah on May 24 urged the students and IT professional to get abreast with the top-class education in their respective fields as they would have to compete with the IT giants in the global scenario. He was addressing as the chief guest of the ‘National Conference on IT and Telecom – Problems and Prospects of IT industry in Pakistan’, organised in connection with World Telecom Day – 2006 by the Publicity Channel in collaboration with the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (Ispak) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association (Pasha) at a local hotel.
“Our students and professionals are quite brilliant and could compete in the world’s market, however, the quality of education of the colleges, universities and different IT institutions across the country needs improvement a lot,” he said. He apprised the participants that the government is simultaneously working on computerisation of its departments, creating IT awareness among masses and stressing some of the institutions to modernise their course structure at the international standards.
“Think globally, implement locally,” stated Yahya while drawing the attentions of the heads of IT institutions besides students and the professionals. He also stressed the need for improving the quality of education as he believed that substandard education produces inferior quality of human resources.”Progress, development, target and growth, all these factors could be judged ‘positive’ and achieved if anyone is producing quality stuff.”Our brilliant student of IT starts searching a job right after his graduation, nevertheless, he could be found out teaching students ultimately,” he deplored.
Citing the example of Bangladesh, Yahya said it has achieved a remarkable growth in the IT sector as well besides textile and other sectors.”Look at Bangladesh, where all the IT indicators are positive, including the robust growth of Internet penetration rate,” he added.Earlier, Ispak President Ansarul Haque, in his address, said that number of broadband users all over the country are still 0.01 percent, however, the same numbers have reached 10 percent in India.”The ratio of broadband users is quite thin when we compare ourselves with Korea just because the prices of broadband is almost 1600 time higher than Korea,” he justified.
Source: B. Recorder