LAHORE - Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said Pakistan’s information technology industry is facing an acute shortage of trained manpower and every step to train human resources will help drive the country’s economic growth. Speaking at the 33rd convocation of the FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NUCES) on varsity campus on Monday, he said it was an era of information technology and the government was taking steps to promote IT including first Innovation Policy developed in collaboration with the Google at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park. He said the government was utilising IT for ensuring good governance. He said the government’s IT policy would bring about innovation and empower citizens besides generating new employment opportunities and strengthening the national economy. FAST-NUCES Rector Dr Amir Muhammad said the university was offering quality education to its ever-rising graduates at its five campuses in the country. He said the university had instilled a passion in its graduates to hold values besides quality education and challenge to re-build Pakistan. He said the university was admitting students on merit and financially challenged students were being offered scholarships through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund and varsity’s Outreach Students Programme.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 17-Jul-2013 here.