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.


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.


‘Amber Alert’ Child Abduction System to be introduced in Punjab

Amber alert or Child Abduction Emergency is a system that is alerted during any child abduction. If any authority or law enforcement finds that a child has been abducted, and the abduction falls in amber alert criteria broadcasters and transportation administrators are notified. Abduction is broadcasted immediately on TV, radio by interrupting the normal programming.

Amber alert system is being introduced in certain areas of Pakistan by government. If it became successful, then it will be launched in all across Punjab.

Saba Sadiq, Child Protection, and Welfare Bureau (CP&WB) Chairperson have announced this when she was presiding over a sub-committee meeting to discuss the Amber Alert system.

The meeting discussed the steps to an introduced alert system that will help to find abducted children in Punjab. The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) presented on the approved system and the Safe City Authority informed about it.

Amber system will help in collection and distribution of information regarding a missing child to the appropriate authorities so that the children can be quickly rescued.

United States of Ameriaca has first who introduced this system. USA has rescued around 897 kids by this Amber Alert until November 2017. The system is applicable in the 50 states of America as per US Department of Justice.

The name AMBER also has a history as officially AMBER can be called America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. It was named after a 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996. Many Amber’s were rescued since then by this alert system. Now in Pakistan, in case of disappearances of children public will be alerted and they can play a part in stopping these massacres.


NIC, Peshawar opens its doors to tech startups and entrepreneurs

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and LMKT formally announce the inauguration of National Incubation Center (NIC), Peshawar funded by the Ministry of IT&T and Ignite Fund (formerly known as National ICT R&D Fund).
The launch ceremony was graced by the Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan as Chief Guest, along with Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Anusha Rahman, Minister of IT&T and other well-known dignitaries from the public and private sectors.
A large 12,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of Peshawar at PTCL Training Center has been allotted for purpose to incubate more than 25 cherry-picked startups each year. NIC Peshawar equipped with the latest ICT infrastructure offering high-speed connectivity, seamless audio and video conferencing facilities, fully-managed IT and telecom services, among many others.
Developers will have great access to comprehensive mentoring services which allow them to seek guidance and support on design thinking, business planning, financial and operational aspects related to their startups such as marketing and communication, legal services and many more.
Launch NIC Peshawar has been received very positively by academia, public and private sectors with significant partnerships and MoUs lined up with leading organizations and universities. Some of these collaborations include design thinking workshops by IBM, FinTech Lab, BioTech & CNC Lab by CECOS University and linkages with Google Business Groups.
While addressing, Khaqan Abbasi said, “I am pleased with the growing cooperation between the public and private sectors to promote youth-led entrepreneurship in the country and realize the dream of a Digital Pakistan.”
He further added, “NIC Peshawar is proof of the government’s commitment of extending all kinds of support to relevant stakeholders in developing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s technology landscape and startup ecosystem.”
Industry-renowned start-up incubation curriculum developed by Founder’s Institute will be executed for the various cohorts that are inducted as part of NIC Peshawar. In addition, in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM and other global technology leaders will design specialized workshops which will be conducted during each session.
Anusha Rahman, while expressing her satisfaction with the launch proceedings, stated, “National Incubation Center, Peshawar will guide a luminous new era of entrepreneurship and innovation in KP, enabling many aspiring tech entrepreneurs and startups in creating game-changing solutions.”
She further added, “Ministry of IT&T is continually striving towards transforming Pakistan into a knowledge-based economy through various sustainable ICT initiatives.”
Yousuf Hussain, CEO, Ignite and the brain behind the NICs said, “A singular opportunity for startups that seek to solve meaningful problems with the help of academia and for corporates that seek to transform and thrive in this age of global competition and universal change by partnering with and investing in startups.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Daniel Ritz President & CEO PTCL stated, “The Incubation Center Peshawar is an important milestone in the escalating innovation climate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This center is an evidence to PTCL’s promise to empower the people of Pakistan through its ICT and Digital services.”
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has giant untapped talent and potential that can become a major driver in boosting Pakistan’s economy. I’m really excited about the prospect of working with innovative local entrepreneurs and startups in our pursuit for creating success stories bigger than ours”, said by Atif Khan, CEO LMKT while addressing the audience.
The introduction of initial cohort of 25 startups is already in progress and the first session is expected to commence by March 2018. In the subsequent months, the NIC Peshawar team and all its partners will work closely with local bodies and universities to identify and train top talent from KP province.


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