Minister of State for IT Ms Anusha Rahman chaired briefings with various attached departments and organizations working under the Ministry of Information Technology which included National Telecommunication Corporation, Universal Services Fund, Virtual University, Pakistan Software Export Board and National ICT R & D Fund. The Minister explained that the focus of the present government would be on human resource development in ICT sector for creation of better employment opportunities, moreover, this sector will contribute in economic growth and revenue generation.
The Minister directed Pakistan Software Export Board to develop a database of all the entrepreneurs in the software industry and help them in contacting the global market which will eventually help in increasing export earnings. PSEB was further directed to make a plan for establishing of Software Technology Parks across the country through joint ventures with local and foreign investors.
The Minister further advised the Virtual University and PSEB to jointly prepare VU ICT curriculum after consultation with the industry in order to mitigate the gaps between academia and IT industry so that young graduates have better employment opportunities.
The Minister directed ICT R&D to make proposals on focusing on research and development in next generation telecom networks and new technologies instead of wasting resources on those activities which are not mandate of the company. The Minister further desired USFCo to provide ICT services to un-served and underserved areas especially in schools, colleges and libraries of these areas.
The Minister has directed to fill all vacant positions on priority specially the Chief Executives of TF, PSEB and USF through a transparent and merit based system so that competent professionals from all over the world be considered for selection on these posts.