World class IT university in Lahore soon: Shahbaz
LAHORE: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the promotion of information technology in the province.
He said the government had introduced good governance through E-government in different sectors which had benefited the masses. He said that an IT university of international standard would soon be set up in Lahore for providing latest education to the students in different sectors of information technology to meet the demand of IT experts in the country.
He was talking to a four-member delegation led by chief executive officer of a cellular company, Fan Yun Jun. Matters regarding development of telecom sector in the province were discussed in the meeting.
The chief minister said that telecom sector had the status of industry in Pakistan and it was the first country of South Asia which had introduced the system of mobile number portability. He said that information technology was key to success in the 21st century. He said that new avenues in IT sector were being explored from the platform of Punjab Information Technology Board so that this sector could be developed and expanded to ensure a prominent status to the country in South Asia.
He said that Punjab government had set up computer labs in the public sector schools in the province. Similarly, various facilities have been provided to software houses and other computer companies in Arfa IT Park. He said that cooperation of world renowned company Microsoft had been acquired for the development of tourism sector in the province.
The chief minister stressed upon the Chinese companies to invest in Punjab which had a wide scope for development and expansion of IT sector. He said that investment in IT sector was safe and lucrative. He said that Punjab Jiangsu Cultural Centre and Punjab China Bureau had been set up for producing experts in Chinese language and strengthening linguistic and cultural relations between the two countries. He said that 110-megawatt Taunsa hydle power plant would be set up in Punjab with the cooperation of China.
Fan Yun Jun, chief executive officer the cellular company, said that his company was establishing branchless banking and endowment fund for students. He also commended the measures taken by Punjab government for the promotion of information technology and assured full cooperation in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the elements who tortured an aged teacher of Sargodha will not escape punishment. He said that it was a serious and gruesome incident and no amount of condemnation was enough. The chief minister, who enquired after under-treatment Nafees Ahmed Khan at a private hospital on Saturday, said that all expenditure on his treatment would be borne by the Punjab government. He announced constitution of an enquiry committee headed by chairman of Chief Minister’s Inspection Team for holding an impartial enquiry into this tragic incident and said that the committee would submit its report within 48 hours.
The chief minister said that all those involved in this incident would be awarded due punishment and the officials who hindered the course of justice would also be punished.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that those who subjected an aged teacher to violence had insulted the entire humanity. He also presented a bouquet to the teacher, Nafees Ahmed Khan.