Ahsan Iqbal, who is the Minister for Planning and Development, is trying to get IT experts from universities, businesses, and the government to work together to help Pakistan’s IT sector improve.
He talked about this topic at a forum called “Building Human Capital for Digital Revolution”. Which is still organized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and brought together people from the government and universities.
The main goal of the roundtable is to bring what schools teach and what the industry needs closer together. This would make it easier for IT graduates to find jobs, and improve IT exports. And lower the cost of importing key software and systems.
The main goal of the brainstorming session was to get ideas from both academic and business IT experts. How to better align IT and computer science courses with current market needs. Set the stage for future growth of the IT sector in the country. There were a lot of IT professionals there, such as professors and project directors from the National Centers of Excellence. As well as heads and representatives from both domestic and international technology companies.
Speakers talked about ways to strengthen the link between academia and the workforce. Build IT and CS faculty capacity, and make HEC and the National Computing Education and Accreditation Council’s rules more effective. This will help make sure that graduates are ready to work when they graduate.
The panel also said that IT and CS students should learn early on how to use their degrees in the real world. And their final year projects (FYPs) are about the industry. Deputy Prime Minister Iqbal called for a group of people from both academia and industry to work together, to plan the future of the IT sector. Improve set deadlines for different tasks and projects.
He said, “We need to make sure that our digital workforce is composed of people who know how to solve problems.”
Iqbal said it is important to show Pakistan’s young people that they could solve their own problems. By using the many tools of information technology. He said that universities should teach students how to think for themselves. Communicate well in addition to teaching them technical skills.
Concerning Pakistan’s growth, the minister said that IT improvements must keep moving forward without stopping. He also said that no country can grow without a steady flow of policies and plans. He also said that more of these workshops are held to help young people get ready for the digital revolution and keep up with the latest technological advances.
The HEC’s acting chairperson and executive director. Dr. Shaista Sohail said that the HEC is still ready to teach IT and Computing Science. She stressed how important it is to keep up with the constantly changing market dynamics. Improve the IT/CS sector as a whole.
Dr. Sohail gave assurances to the people who were there. He also said that HEC would continue to help academic and business IT experts try to connect the curriculums of Computing Sciences. Related fields to the needs of the local, national, and international markets. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NAEAC) both have important roles to play when it comes to making curricula (NCRCs).
She said that the HEC is ready to help everyone in the IT/CS sector make the changes. They need to make it to keep up with the rest of the world.
The CEOs, heads, and representatives of some of the most important IT companies talked about the problems, challenges, and opportunities in Pakistan to improve the IT/CS sector. The delegates became told that the ACM practices are followed and that the HEC and the Ministry of IT have started talking about the NCEAC Act. Which will allow Pakistan to join the Seoul Accord on Computing Education. Pakistan’s universities graduate more than 50,000 people in IT every year.
Up to Rs. 70,000. Because there was a security hole. The panelists stressed how important it was for first-year computing science students to connect their projects to real-world industry challenges instead of just learning about abstract ideas. According to their plan, the IT industry could help build a website or set up a platform to help give students FYPs inside their setups or under direct supervision. This would give the IT industry and the government access to graduates who are ready to work.