Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) in collaboration with World Bank (WB) and Code for Pakistan (CfP) formally launched the 3rd Batch of one its unique initiative “Civic Innovation Fellowship Program”. Under the fellowship Program creative and innovative youth attached to the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are being provided a platform to work to-gather with ICT exports, software developers, Tech-Industry and government departments with the aim to propose innovative technology solutions for government services departments to improve their service delivery.
It merits a mention here that the Fellowship Program started back in 2014 and it has successfully completed its two batches and produced 30 graduated fellows who have partnered with various departments including Health, Traffic Police, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Energy & Power and Directorate of IT to developed different open source applications (APPs), many of which continued to be utilized. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province to enter into collaborative partnership with code for Pakistan and the World Bank for launching such an innovative program.
The launching ceremony to this effect was held here the other day. Speaking as chief on this occasion, secretary Information Technology Muhammad Daud Khan termed the Fellowship Program as a revolutionary initiative of the provincial government and said that it will help a great deal to revolutionize the service delivery mechanism of the government departments.
Briefing the participants about various aspects of the Fellowship Program, Managing Director KPITB, Dr. Shabaz Khan told that following the success of the first two fellowship cycles, the Fellowship Program had now entered into its 3rd cycle this year for which 20 qualified fellows from the pool of 1000 applicants have been selected who will work with the government departments to deliver solutions that will improve their service delivery. On this occasion a government Innovations Lab with the brand name “Durshal” was also inaugurated.