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Pakistan needs to avail IT sector’s benefits: President

By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said as information technology changed the global dynamics, the right choice for Pakistan was to prepare a generation well-equipped with the knowledge of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, deep learning and neural network.
Addressing at the launch of Bachelors of Engineering Technology degree here at the National University of Technology (NUTECH), the President said information technology could offer immense opportunities to boost the development of the country and help meet contemporary challenges.
The President emphasized educational reforms so as to cater to the requirements of scientifically advanced international markets. He proposed promoting innovative learning methods among students instead of brick-n-mortar setups to encourage faster dispensation of knowledge. He said artificial intelligence that influenced nearly every facet of lives could be used to augment human capabilities and improve efficiencies.
He said the IT sector had prospects of multi-dimensional employment opportunities for talented youth and offered them a platform to explore new vistas of modern knowledge. For educators, the President stressed adopting the ‘knowledge funnel’ for altering the information mass into well-defined algorithms in order to create value and better efficiency.
President Alvi said in the world of technological advancement, it was important for the innovators in Pakistan to take a leap in education, particularly information technology. He mentioned that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the great intellectual of the sub-continent, had always advised the Muslims to focus on gaining an education.
He expressed confidence that within the next few years, a generation in the country would be capable enough to bring a revolution of knowledge while upholding the principles of morality. The President regretted that monetary clout in the world had overpowered the principles of ethics, adding that economic control guided by intellectual leadership could enforce the norms of morality.
He lauded the steps taken by NUTECH in fields of engineering and technology particularly related to construction and railway sectors.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the students needed to mould themselves according to the demands of the market. He mentioned that Pakistan was witnessing an increase in enrollment in the higher education sector, which he said would prove beneficial in developing an educated generation. Rector NUTECH Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Asghar gave a detailed presentation about the new degree programme.
Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Tariq Banuri and Chairman Association of Builders and Developers Fayaz Ilyas also spoke on the occasion.

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