ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP):Around 81,119 persons are being
imparted training under a phased-wise Digiskills Programme, launched
to train one million youth, freelancers, etc to provide opportunity
to gain marketable digital skills.

The current training enrollments are around 81,119.

The on-going programme of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications  is also aimed at training youth with knowledge,
skills, tools & techniques necessary to seize opportunities
available internationally on online market places
as well as locally to earn a decent living.

Official sources while highlighting steps being
taken by the government to uplift industry on Sunday said
Taskforce on IT & Telecom has been constituted to suggest
specific interventions in policies and regulations while
committee have been constituted to finalize recommendations to
Federal Cabinet for renewal of Cellular Mobile Licenses.
Moreover, the sources said Device Identification,
Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) has been introduced
by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to
curtail counterfeit mobile market and discourage mobile
theft.
All stakeholders have been facilitated in revision of
policies, to enable import of used mobile phones and prevention
of smuggling.
Formulation of Spectrum Plan and central procurement
plan for entire Federal Government’s e-readiness in terms of
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure,
a key element for digitization are also underway.
Similarly, the sources said the unserved and
underserved areas of the country are being provided
state-of-the-art telecommunication and broadband
services (2G/3G) through Universal Service Fund (USF).
Additional underserved areas, identified by the
Ministry have been recently approved by Federal Cabinet for
provision of Next Generation Mobile Services.
Another initiative is ICT for Girls which is an endeavor
to spur socio-economic uplift by enhancing employability potential
of girls in Pakistan. This project will help in making over
110,000 girl students “Computer Literate” studying in Islamabad’s
schools and bringing them at part with students elsewhere in the
world.
Also, 144 Women Empowerment Centers have been provided with
ICT Model Labs. Through this program over 5,000 girls will
be trained annually at state-of-the-art computer labs under
coaching and training programme of Microsoft. Over 10,000 girls
have benefitted from this program so far.