Work on fibre optic to begin next month. Awais Says
200,000 jobs would be created in IT sector within 213 years
KARACHI, May 18 2006: Work on the submarine fibre optic cable would start next month, which will improve the communication facilities between India and Pakistan after its completion, said Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari May 17. The minister was speaking at a seminar on ‘Promoting Global Cyber-security’ in connection with the World Telecommunication Day. The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) organised the seminar.
Leghari said that about 200,000 job opportunities would be created in IT sector within next two or three years. The IT ministry and telecommunications was declaring 25 more existing universities into tier one for the IT discipline. The career placement officers of the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) would be appointed in these institutions.
The minister said that 100 to 200 students would be selected from every university for the internship programme and would be placed in the too 10 or 15 IT and IT enabled services companies. The government would give financial assistance to the IT sector through Universal Services Fund (USF). The IT minister said that the Federal Cabinet was considering the Cyber Crime Act and it would be promulgated after the approval of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. The minister said that number of mobile phone users had increased from 2.8 million to more than 28 million.
Leghari said that the e-procurement system was also being introduced in the country. CEO Netsole Mazhar Mahmood, Director IT (PTA) Wasi Ullah Khan, Chairman International Chamber of Commerce Pakistan Tariq Rangoonwala, Prof Zubair A Shaikh and others also spoke on the occasion.
Source: Daily Times