Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal Monday asked the universities to take rapid action to start new courses in entrepreneurship and exports for students which would help boost economy of the country.
He was speaking at the two-day 19th International Conference on ‘Frontiers of Information Technology’ (FIT-2022) organized by COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) here.
Speaking on the occasion, the federal minister highlighted the importance of Information Technology in today’s era, especially for the economic growth of Pakistan. Ahsan Iqbal also shared the seven-point framework for universities, academic excellence, research and innovation, social community service, technology enablement, corporate governance, industry-academia linkage and quality of products. Sharing his observations, Executive Director COMSATS, Ambassador Dr. Mohammed Nafees Zakaria speaking at the opening ceremony lauded the efforts of FIT organizers for providing an esteemed platform to researchers, scientists, and industry practitioners from across the world to present their cutting-edge research as well as sharing latest industry insights.
He mentioned that COMSATS lays its emphasis on building indigenous capacity and competence in emerging sciences and technologies. Moreover, efforts are being made by the Commission to bring the dividends of technological advancements in the areas of education, health, and energy to a large cross-section of the population, particularly of the Member States.