President Alvi calls for proactive steps to promote IT sector
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for taking proactive measures to develop the information technology (IT) sector and to ensure economic and scientific development of the country.
He said that globally, the focus of development policies was shifting from brick-and-mortar development projects to the intellectual development of human resources and Pakistan needed to adopt this modern strategy.
The president expressed these views at a briefing on the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), given by its Rector, Dr Ayub Alvi, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The NUCES rector gave a presentation about the role and achievements of the university in promoting IT education in the country.
He said the university was the largest provider of human resources to the computer software industry of the country and currently, 13,000 students were enrolled in various programmes in its five campuses.
He apprised that 24,000 students had graduated, since the year 2000, in various disciplines such as Computer Science, Engineering, Management and Humanities.
The rector also said the institution provided Rs240 million each year in financial assistance and scholarships to the needy and brilliant students, adding that currently, 1,500 students were benefitting from the financial aid provided by the university.
President Alvi appreciated the role and performance of the university in promoting education and emphasised the need to develop collaboration with the private sector, saying that academia-industry linkages were essential for the progress of the country.
He also urged the need to increase the number of students with a special focus on the provision of hybrid and online education.
The president asked the university management to prepare the students keeping in mind the requirements of the fourth Industrial Revolution and focus on research and development.
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