Expedited efforts for sustainable development of society thru science, technology pledged

LAHORE   –  Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun Tuesday presided over a meeting on Information Technology and Skill Development here at the Arfa Software Technology Park.

The minister said that Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar had constituted a special committee for the promotion of information technology in the province. He said that the committee would recommend a way forward for enhancing the role of science, technology and innovation in the sustainable development of society through need based research. “It will also invigorate human resource development to drive innovation as per requirement of various sectors,” he added.

Raja Yasir Humayun said: “We will also suggest a way forward to facilitate the emerging youth in technology based innovation and entrepreneurship through provision of appropriate support, structure and mechanism.”

He said that the committee was focusing on emerging and frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, augmented, virtual reality, smart robotics, intelligence vehicles, biotechnology, nanotechnology, green technology, data mining etc. to achieve national socio-economic development goals.

He said that the committee would also recommend necessary steps in consultation with various stakeholders for the evaluation and monitoring of the IT industry in Punjab by establishing quality control standards and internationally accepted certificates.

Punjab Information and Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Azfar Manzoor, Head of Special Monitoring Unit Fazeel Asif, Technical Education Vocational and Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairman Ali Suleman, PITB DG Sajid Latif and other officers concerned were present in the meeting.

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