Jazz Smart School Program Launched to Impart Quality Education

PR:  In support of the Government’s Vision 2025, Jazz Foundation is set to use innovation in imparting education to 75 schools in the Federal Capital under its ‘Jazz Smart School’ program. Launched in partnership with the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the ‘Jazz Smart School’ program introduces a smart learning solution to the traditional schooling system through a digital learning platform.

To implement this digital learning solution, the Telco has teamed up with Knowledge Platform, a Singapore based learning solutions company. Knowledge Platform provides the program with the digital learning platform, customized educational content, training and support, while Jazz Foundation has set up digital learning centers with hardware kits that include laptops, projectors, clickers, tablets, speakers, UPS and mobile broadband.

Speaking at the program’s launch event, Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs – Jazz, stated, “35% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 14, and we realize that if efforts are not made to improve access to quality education, the country will lag behind in an increasingly digital world. The Jazz Smart School program leverages our mobile broadband strength and other resources to give those in need the tools necessary for success.” 

“After careful analysis of the program’s success in Islamabad, we will look to expand it nationwide, so more students can reap its benefits,” He further added.

Country Manager, Knowledge Platform, Talhah Munir Khan speaking about Knowledge Platform’s vision for education in Pakistan, said, “Educating our youth is a key responsibility we should all take seriously. Knowledge Platform provides quality learning solutions in a bid to modernize and improve how Pakistani students learn. To be successful in this endeavor, we all need to collaborate across sectors: public, private, non-governmental. It requires a concentrated effort of coming together on all our parts and I’m so pleased that this is beginning to happen.”

Director General of FDE, Hasnat Qureshi, added, “The Federal Directorate of Education is committed to ensuring that innovative learning methods are incorporated in our public schools to ensure that our youth, especially young women, can compete with students globally.”

State Minister of CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, talking about public-private partnerships, stated, “The Constitution mandates that the State shall provide education for all Pakistani children between the ages of 5-16 years. The government understands the challenges we face while trying to achieve this goal. However, initiatives such as the Jazz Smart Schools Program, and an increasing future emphasis on public-private partnership will surely propel us toward a brighter future for Pakistan.”

The program’s educational content includes digital textbooks, videos, practice material, interactive games, assessment and classroom activities. For each subject in a curriculum, the program begins by gathering inputs from multiple sources to create a catalog of mastery skills and for each skill, a learning video and an assessment is created.

To enhance teaching skills, the program offers training videos, a customized teacher training program and support of an online community. In-built performance dashboards increase accountability as parents and relevant stakeholders can monitor progress of schools, teachers and students on a daily basis through mobile applications.

The Jazz Foundation embodies Jazz’s core values in ensuring all sustainability initiatives are a practical display of ‘innovation, truthfulness, collaboration, customer obsession and entrepreneurship.’ As part of the company’s sustainability strategy, all ongoing and future initiatives under the Foundation will follow the generic theme of empowering youth through technology – a part of Jazz’s group led (VEON) program, ‘Make your Mark.’

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

Telenor collaborates with Ministry of IT on “DigiSkills Training Project”

PR: Telenor Pakistan, country’s leading digital services provider, has partnered with the Virtual University of Pakistan to launch a nationwide digital skill-building program aptly named ‘DigiSkills Training Project’. Under auspices of Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom through IGNITE – National Technology Fund (formerly National ICT R&D Fund), the 2 year mega-program aims to train 1 million people in Digital Skills for Freelancing and entrepreneurship using ICTs.

The agreement signing took place at the Prime Minister Secretariat in the presence of Prime Minister Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Minister of State for IT & Telecommunication Ms. Anusha Rahman – with Telenor Pakistan and Virtual University top management finalizing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Thoughts were shared on how leveraging the emerging ICT technologies in Pakistan could create a virtual cloud of aspiring workers who are ready to take up online assignments to make a living besides promoting Pakistan as a go-to market for outsourcing of diversified freelance projects.

Pakistan is the world’s 4th largest provider of online freelance services with an estimated registered number of freelancers ranging in several hundreds of thousands. Most of the work done is for international clients; therefore the money earned by them is brought into the country mainly in the form of foreign remittances. Pakistan has the potential to increase its share in the freelance industry by folds and resultantly bring in valuable foreign exchange into the country and reduce unemployment.

Addressing the event here at the PM Office, the prime minister said his government was committed to support the private sector in its ventures of introducing cutting edge technology and taking the country forward. Prime Minister Abbasi said the government would ensure availability of the broadband across the country and facilitate e-commerce He stressed the need to further work on it and said the entrepreneurship was a unique skill and only the private sector has the ability to take it forward. The Prime Minister said the Digiskills program would equip the youth to get online jobs and earn money in a non-traditional way. He said he has great faith in the youth of the country and expressed confidence that the women would lead in these areas.

We have taken major strides toward digital transformation in the country with our ICT partners and this major development widens our scope to optimize new technologies to upskill our youth, “ said Ms. Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication.  “DigiSkills combines an ideal mix of partnership between Ignite and Virtual University’s expansive and advanced eLearning platform to further Ministry of IT’s digitization and empowerment goals.  The online freelance market offers a myriad of opportunities to thousands of jobseekers whom we aim to ready for getting the best of that rewarding marketplace through DigiSkills.  The program will train 1 million youth across Pakistan and help us effectively combat the longstanding challenge of unemployment through innovation,” I appreciate Telenor’s contribution in DigiSkill program by providing low mobile broadband cost to DigiSkills Program beneficiaries” she added

“This partnership with Virtual University is a significant development in pursuit of our mission of empowering the Pakistani society,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan. “Being the proud leaders of ICT-powered digital transformation in Pakistan, we are totally cognizant of the changes the employment market is undergoing globally. As we work to match Pakistan’s pace with the developed world on all fronts, we aim to multiply Pakistan’s share in the online freelance market with the VU partnership. With the world going digital and jobs gradually getting out of the conventional office space to a professional’s home and fingertips, Pakistan too needs to up its digital skills game to take full advantage of the opportunities that await them in the online world,” he added.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Pakistan’s ICT technology leader to impart digital skills in our youth and fight the longstanding challenge of unemployment,” said Ehsen Puri, Director ICT, Virtual University of Pakistan. “We have the largest and most advanced digital learning infrastructure in Pakistan, an ideal platform to execute a large project like DigiSkills. This particular training aims not only at developing key specialized skills, but also imparting knowledge about various freelancing and other employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available internationally and locally. Fighting unemployment and creating new job avenues is a collective responsibility of the business world and DigiSkills should inspire other market players to take similar steps for the empowerment of our youth,” he added.

With the emergence of internet and connectivity, the freelance economy is taking shape globally with millions of individuals around the world benefiting from the on-line, outsourcing work allowing them opportunity to work on global projects and earn good money. Most freelance employees choose flexibility over a structured work environment or working hours. The freelance industry is also giving rise to small- and medium-size business ventures and thus promoting entrepreneurship globally.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

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