ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said that focus on Information Technology for stability of national economy was a must and use of IT was need of the hour to inform the young generation about modern learning and research trends.
The President stated this while speaking at Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016 ceremony for persons with disability here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts. The ceremony was organized by Ministry for IT.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan and Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Dr. Syed Ismail Shah also spoke on the occasion.
The President said the government took many initiatives for development of information technology in Pakistan,adding that funds have been provided for initiation of different projects regarding 3G and broadband services which were benefiting distant areas of the country.
These steps, he said, would be helpful for the overall growth of the sector and would facilitate the common man.
President said IT Parks, Youth Training institutions and other relevant initiatives have added a plus in recent development of Information Technology.
For the purpose, he said that IT Education has been declared mandatory in initial schooling. Moreover, initiating training programmers in various technical areas was also an encouraging factor.
Similarly, he said delivering laptops and providing scholarships was a crucial step towards equipping our youth with modern education.
The President said the government and IT Ministry were utilizing all resources to provide best facilities to the disabled persons, adding that disabled persons were part of society and serving them was our moral responsibility.
The President said these mobile applications had been prepared by the IT experts which could provide relief to the people with disability of speaking, hearing, seeing and other problems in their lives.
The President said that 15 percent of the world population consists of those people who were considered as disabled persons due to any problem.
The President said Pakistan was a land of talented people but this talent was not being used in a proper way.
Minister of State for Information Technology Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan said mobile application award would go a long way in developing a strong relationship between the academia, industry and the relevant government organizations and would turn out to be exemplary for the rest of the sectors of our economy.
These mobile applications, she said would enable special persons to live close to a normal people with the help of mobile phones and would enable them to work and communicate with other people for daily affairs.
While appreciating the winners of the competition, she assured of the effective utilization of these applications by the related organization.
The Minister said that seven IT schools were being set up for girls in rural areas of the federal capital.
Later, the President presented awards to the winners of the competition.
The awards were given with cash prize of Rs. 300,000. to 1st position holder Dr. Abdul Ghafar and his team for developing the app Smart Devices.
Second position was won by Ms. Sumayya Munir with cash prize of Rs. 200,000 for developing the Tell Me app. Whereas 3rd position with cash prize of Rs 100,000 was won by Hatham Nasar and his team for developing app Rollout.
Chairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah said that Pakistan was already an exemplary model of regulatory and commercial success in the ICT arena.
He said telecom services were accessible to over 86% of the population while 71 out of 100 people were already among the subscribers of telecom operators.
The introduction of mobile broadband services has also opened new arrays of ICT innovation, digital content delivery, entertainment and economic opportunities for the people of Pakistan, he added.
CEO Telenor Irfan Wahab Khan also spoke on the occasion.—APP