The Federal Ministry of IT and Telecommunication (MoITT) has announced its intention to train 15,000 Pakistanis in various new and specialized technologies. These individuals, including youth and women, will participate in the MoITT’s “Capacity Building of IT Industry in Specialization Technologies & Platforms” program, where they will learn complex modern technologies such as Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, e-health, BPO, e-agriculture, and more.
The Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), an attached department of the MoITT, is currently collaborating with IT academia and industry experts to identify the in-demand technologies within both international and local markets.
The total cost estimated to train these 15,000 students is Rs. 2,000 million, with the Government of Pakistan already allocating Rs. 1,000 million for the first stage of the program. As part of the training program, 300 master trainers will be produced to train others in industry-demanded technologies like blockchain and cloud computing. These master trainers will also assist the industry in HR development programs, curriculum development, and training.
A project steering committee, comprising members from the Ministry of IT and Telecom, the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), the Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA), and other stakeholders, will oversee all the necessary groundwork. This includes selecting training partners, trainers, training courses, and their durations.
Before proceeding to the second stage of the program, an industry-wide survey will be conducted to assess the demand for skilled workforce and the required technologies. Survey results will help determine the selection of firms and training programs, with IT firms having the option to participate online.
Upon successful completion of their training, 2,500 out of the 15,000 trainees will be offered a three-month internship at IT companies. These interns will receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000 and may also have future job opportunities.
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