Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque Govt plans to connect students with the digital world: IT Minister.
Karachi, Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 (APP):
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque has said that Technology was changing with every passing day and we have to equip our youth with modern technology as youth are the country’s asset, so steps are being taken to connect the youth from a country with the digital world.
Once the youth are connected with the digital world, it would help them to become self-employed as IT involved multi-billion businesses, he expressed such views while addressing Academic Performance Recognition Ceremony held here at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) on Saturday.
The world is changing fast and we need to introduce our children and students to this changing world through artificial intelligence and digital technology, federal minister uttered. He further stressed that we need to harmonise our youth with new technology and the federal government, IT industry and academia needed to be on one page in this regard.
IT-related courses should be introduced for students so that they could find jobs in other countries. Connectivity is the topmost priority of the government and it is because of broadband facility we can connect with the digital world, he said. IT ministry was going to ensure improved connectivity with 4G, he said, adding that Funds amounting to Rs49bn is being spent for improved connectivity in the country.
An amount of Rs12.4 billion has been spent for improved connectivity in remote areas of Sindh province, he told, saying that we are serving people across the country without any discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, religion or political affiliations. Pakistan’s IT industry was rapidly progressing and our IT experts are also increasing.
The exports of IT have increased to $2.8 billion in 2020-2021 from $1.4 from 2019-2020. He said that his ministry has set a target of 70pc exports growth i.e. $3.5bn for 2022-23. The IT minister said that they had increased the number of IT-related projects and the majority of projects would be completed soon.
Due to better policies announced by the PTI-led government, the number of phone subscribers has registered an increase to 18.90 crore from 16 crore within the last 3 years, he informed. Besides, the broadband subscribers have also witnessed a rise from 7 crores to 10 crores.
As part of the Digital Pakistan initiative, all emergency response numbers will be merged into the 911 helpline across the country and the ministry has finalized the roadmap for the launch of a unified emergency helpline to be called PEHEL-911, he informed.
Parliament to become paperless by January 2023 and All the call attention notices, adjourned motions, attendances, voting and other businesses will be done online through technology, he mentioned.
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