Wi-Fi service for public places planned
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif approved Khadim-i-Punjab Metro Wi-Fi Network Programme and a programme for distribution of computer tablets among math and science teachers of grades eight to 10 at a meeting on Thursday.
The meeting also decided to distribute tablets among top students between grade five to grade eight at public schools
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said the Metro Wi-Fi Network Programme would be launched simultaneously in Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
He said under this programme, Wi-Fi facility would be available at educational institutions, hospitals, railway stations, airports, metro bus routes and bus stands. He said the programme would later be expanded. “Students will have Wi-Fi access free of charge,” he said. He said the purpose of the programme was to promote education with the use of technology.
Sharif said the Punjab Information Technology Board had started digitalising textbooks with the cooperation of Punjab Textbooks Board. He said under the programme, the government had digitalised textbooks of science subjects and mathematics from grade six to grade 10. He said CDs of the books had also been produced. He said the government was utilising information technology to ensure good governance.
The chief minister ordered a committee headed by the chief secretary to submit recommendations on promotion of information technology public departments. The PITB chairman gave a presentation on measures for promotion of information technology.