Pakistan’s IT Ministry approves Rs367 million to train freelancers

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ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication on gave approval of Rs367 million for the National Freelance Training Program in order to empower youth by equipping them with the latest skills.

The ministry has approved seven projects worth Rs4800 million for different departments in the Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) meeting chaired by Federal Secretary Ministry of IT and Telecommunication Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Thursday.

The approved projects will not only pave way for fulfilling the Prime Minister’s Digital Pakistan vision but also ensure the training of over 22,000 youths and create more than 5000 job opportunities besides the provision of broadband services on Karakoram Highway and establishing of IT institutions, said an official statement.

The meeting was told under one of the projects Special Communications Organization (SCO), the attached department of Ministry of IT, will spend Rs1580 million for provision of internet services and mobile connectivity in Diamer Bhasha dam site and its surrounding areas.

The meeting also approved project worth Rs298 million under which a Technical Training Center will be established in Gilgit.

The meeting gave approval for a project worth Rs651 million for setting up a National Testing Center for 5G Testing under National Information Technology Board (NITB), while Rs1944 million was approved for cybersecurity project.

The meeting approved Rs143 million for the formulation of a Program under Virtual University for bringing Pakistani degrees to an equal level of the degrees of the countries signatory of Seoul accord.

The chair gave direction for timely completion of all projects and in a transparent manner. The meeting was attended by officers of Ministry of IT & Telecom, Ministry of Planning, Development, Finance Division, and others.