Cisco Academy to be set up in UCP Lahore

The global initiative Cisco Academy to be set up in Lahore in UCP (University of Central Punjab). UCP now formally certified to provide courses and certifications like CCNA and CCNP  by Cisco Academy.

Cisco Academy to be set up in UCP Lahore

Dr. Ahmad Kazmi unlocked the ceremony, commends the importance of Cisco Academy; and explained how UCP is going to adjust their curriculum for Cisco Academy to function properly. Courses like Entrepreneurship to be added in pertinent departments with the cooperation of Cisco.

Mr. Mohamed Jinini, Regional Head Cisco Academy then thanked the UCP faculty for their generosity. He accentuates the role of Cisco by sharing the fact that 70%of the devices connected to the internet are Cisco made.

The academy is offering entry-level courses not only engineers but also for students of Law and Medicine, further added.

Cisco Academy offers 20 courses in different categories like exploratory courses, cybersecurity courses and market certifications (advanced courses).

Students qualified for advanced coursed should be at least in their current year. Students with advanced certification can apply for jobs directly after certifications. While no official fees were discussed during the event.

The prices usually charged for the certifications offered by Cisco Academy:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (Routing & Switching) 15,000/-
  • Cisco Certified Network 9Professional (Routing & Switching) 15,000/-
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (Security) 10,000/-
  • Cisco Academy Instructor(CCNA) (Cisco Certified Network Associate) 45,000/-
  • Cisco Academy Instructor (CCNP) (Cisco Certified Network Professional) 45,000/-

Mr. Jinini concluding saying that meeting scheduled with HEC for a re-launch program to create more job opportunities in Pakistan with Cisco.

This is the right time for Pakistani market to use such a platform and reinforce the skill-set of youth in order to break through the tech market.

Cisco’s current investments in this podium are around $200 million. Cisco reserved to invest 2/3 of their revenue in such opportunities to make it their way of giving back to the community.

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Blockchain training organized by Miranz Technologies

Miranz Technologies announced the masterstroke of blockchain open day for the admirers of the most viral technology in the present era. This open day witnessed multiple registrations for this training program.

Miranz Technologies announced the masterstroke of blockchain

The attendees of the orientation were project managers and IT engineers from multiple IT companies, also, the university students of BCS, MCS, BIT.

Unlike many others, this orientation was tilted towards gaining the interest of the audience through the spread of knowledge, which extended from giving the basic concepts of blockchain to the benefits provided by the virtue of this technology.

This orientation session was presented by the Miranz team of experts who have renowned skills in the field of blockchain and its development.The Miranz Technologies open-day success story was moulded with emotions and motivation by the company’s CEO Mudaser Iqbal’s heartwarming address.

As a matter of fact this powerful address not only delivered a sense of determination among the audience but also counseled them to get a grip of leadership qualities in their lives.

Miranz Technologies prevails as the pioneers of Pakistan who have stepped into the depths to explore the world of blockchain technology and bring out the best solutions for a project execution maintaining its agility.

Being a Blockchain based services company, Miranz provides state-of-the-art global training services from complete planning to execution of decentralized applications.

With a hope in heart and a vision in mind, Miranz Technologies is providing blockchain awareness to people which will prove to have an intense positive impact in their lives. To realize this vision, the company is developing evolutionary building blocks.

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UIT offers discount to PEC engineers for signing up courses

The Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which UIT will offer a 20% discount on the total fee of the course to all engineers registered with the council.

Under the agreement, the institute will offer the discount on courses the engineers sign up to study at the institute till June 2019. The engineers will only get discount on showing their registration card issued by the council.

The discount offer is only available for the courses offered under the umbrella of Continuing Education Program Department of UIT

According to the agreement, UIT will bear the discount while PEC will promote the joint offer through its official website, social media or any other medium.

UIT is affiliated with NED University of Engineering and Technology, Department of Continuing Education Program (CEP).


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.