PTCL partners with Virtual University for Ignite’s DigiSkills Initiative

PR: Ignite, Ministry of IT & Telecom has launched DigiSkills program to impart training of one million workforce comprising of youth, skilled professionals and freelancers. Ignite has awarded DigiSkills training project to Virtual University of Pakistan and PTCL has been selected as partner for this strategic project.

DigiSkills program will impart training to one million knowledge resources like youth, freelancers, students, and professionals, who would deliver professionally across the globe and contribute in country’s economic growth. The program aims at, not only developing key specialized skills, but also imparting knowledge about various freelancing and other employment & entrepreneurial opportunities available internationally and locally. Due to limited employment opportunities, it is essential for upcoming workforce to have necessary knowledge and abilities to seize such opportunities to become influential participants in global competitive market for capturing international opportunities across multiple industry segments.

Dr Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan and Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, PTCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PM House today. Dr Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan and Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, PTCL signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PM Secretariat today. Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Ms. Anusha Rahman, President & CEO PTCL Dr. Daniel Ritz and CEO Ignite Mr. Yusuf Hussain also graced the occasion.

Appreciating and encouraging the initiative, the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the occasion said, “The government is committed to bring economic growth and development of Pakistan, I congratulate Virtual University and thank PTCL for collaborating with VU for this Digital Skills Training Programme under the auspices of our government which would train 1 million people of this country all over the world under the umbrella of ‘On Demand Economy’. This initiative, would not only create employment opportunities, but also provide the nation to contribute for the vision of prosperous Pakistan”.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ms. Anusha Rahman, while expressing her satisfaction with this significant initiative, congratulated ministry of IT, Ignite, VU and PTCL for partnering on this major initiative of Ministry that will provide online training to 1 Million youth enabling them to earn using technology by accessing online market places. She further hoped that after successful implementation of this programme, Pakistan will be able to achieve number 1 position in global freelancing domain.

President and CEO PTCL Dr. Daniel Ritz shared his views on this accomplishment and said. “PTCL always strives hard to contribute and bring Pakistan at par with rest of the world by launching innovative and enterprising initiatives. Taking another step forward, PTCL has joined hands with Virtual University to train 1 million Pakistanis across the world through its broadband footprint and cloud infrastructure (IAAS) representing all walks of life.”

The key development areas of training include sharing respective strengths, experiences and methodologies for skill development aimed at promoting quality and competitiveness in educational & training sectors of Pakistan and working together on diverse projects of mutual interest to facilitate human resource development initiatives which focus on economic development of the country, especially in implementing innovative projects of mutual interest in the fields of ICT.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

HEC introduce HAT for scholarships and admission to MS/MPhil programmes

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has released a Higher Education Aptitude test (HAT) which will be conducted by the Education Testing Council. This test is compulsory to attain HEC scholarships and get admission in MS/MPhil programme in public as well as private universities. The deadline for the online registration is January 31, 2018, at etc.hec.gov.pk.This HAT results will be dureable for two years for all the applicants.

The applicants will be clear from a 100 percent grading system comprising 40 marks for quantitative reasoning, 30 marks for verbal reasoning, and 30 marks for analytical reasoning.

The HAT will be organized in four separate groups termed as HAT-1 for engineering and IT, HAT-2 for management science and business education, HAT-3 for arts and humanities and social sciences, and HAT-4 for agriculture and veterinary sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences and physical sciences.

The applicants have been guided to carefully select the correct HAT category according to their qualification. Also, they can choose their test center from the list that is available on the official website. The roll number slips will be issued to successful candidates through courier at the provided address and the same can also be downloaded from the e-portal after the completion of the due procedure.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

PEC search for vacant seats for Prime Minister Internship Program

Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has sought details of vacant seats from all its affiliated construction firms to accommodate 20,000 engineers under Prime Minister Internship Programme for a period of one year in different engineering firms.

During the PEC convocation internship programme was announced. The programme aims to train the engineering graduates to enhance their field knowledge, soft skills and to groom them as a competent professional for the society.

Ministry of inter-provincial coordination (IPC) will pay Rs15,000 per month to a designated “intern” while the construction firm hiring the services of such internees will contribute an additional Rs10,000 per month for each intern said Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi PEC Chairman in a letter to the Engr. Kamal Nasir Khan Constructors Association of Pakistan (CAP)

PEC Chairman further said that it is the corporate responsibility of nation by transferring professional knowledge experience to the youth in the multifarious field to make them a useful organ of the society for domestic and international markets. He added that scheme to enhance the capacity building of the youth through the supervised professional training programme all the investors, CAP would take advantage of this scheme.

He requested the CAP to accommodate PEC a potential number of seats in its member firms to build a national database that helps council to process the scheme in collaboration with the concerned ministry.

Engr. Nasir has welcomed PEC initiative and said that since its announcement, their association demanded implementation of the scheme.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

Robokids & PAMS give hands-on experience of science to students

Robokids and the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science have organized an activity to give hands-on with experiments to enhance the learning experience for students of the government-run Shaheed Hasnain Higher Secondary School in Peshawar experienced.

Students from grade 8-10 recreated the experiments they had been studying in their textbooks. Using their robotics kits, they have developed technical models.

This activity gave exposure to children. They have experienced an opportunity to brush up their ‘STEM’ skills under the guidance of experts in Robotics, Games Programming, Electronics, and Mathematics.

School’s Principal Shabeer Ahmad has said that we appreciate this practical science experience for the students and urged them to think about the classroom teaching techniques.

Adnan, a student of grade 9 said that what I learn from science experience is beyond my imagination. The student added that we learned to use technology and inspired to invent new technology.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

“Smart Classroom” to set up in UET Lahore

“Smart Classroom” to set up in UET Lahore in Collaboration with Southern University of Science and Weidong Cloud Education Group of China

UET Lahore (11th November 2017) – An agreement was inked among University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Southern University of Science and Technology (International Center for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO Shenzhen, China) and Weidong Cloud Education Group, China to set up ‘Smart Classroom’ in UET Lahore. This strategic collaboration was taken place at Vice Chancellor’s office in UET, where the high officials from all parties attended the MOU signing ceremony particularly Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid (Vice Chancellor UET Lahore), Prof. Dr. Waqar Mahmood (Director Al-Khawarzmi Institute of Computer Science), Mr. Wang Duanrui (CEO Weidong Cloud) among others present at the occasion.

Reference:
http://www.kics.edu.pk/news/195