lT revolution to generate employment opportunities -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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lT revolution to generate employment opportunities

KARACHI- Information Technology (IT) can generate employment opportunities by absorbing thousands of skilled men annual in the country.

Chief of the APTECH Computer Education Dr Junaid Ahmad said this on the occasion of the induction of second batch of journalists into a computer-training programme. He said Pakistan was producing 3,000 IT experts every year against a demand of 14,000, Pakistani youth could avail these opportunities by equipping themselves with better English language proficiency and computer skills, he said.

Underlining the need to focus on IT industry and production of properly educated and trained IT specialists, Dr Junaid said Pakistan was exporting software worth $40 million while software exports from India were over $4 billion. He said Pakistan needed to focus on IT and modify its economy focusing on 1T field to have a share in the IT economy of the world, which was over $720 billion and was increasing by 13 per cent per annum.

Replying to a question on the mushrooming of computer training institutes and their impact on quality training, he said IT personnel with inadequate training when get job opportunities from abroad, fail to face the highly advanced computer challenges in the developed world. Consequently, they not only lose their job but also bring bad name to the country.

About the computer course initiated by the APTECH for journalists, he said it was an effort to upgrade the computer knowledge of newsmen as most of them were already using computers. The APTECH chief said IT had played an important role in the development and diversification of mass media. The changing environment of mass media had necessitated the IT skill for the newsmen who had to fight against time for breaking a news or passing the available information to a wider range of people, he added.
Source: The News