Peshawar: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Science & Technology and Information Technology Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and CISCO – a California based international IT Company.
According to the MoU CISCO will invest in the province to establish CISCO academies in different universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. CISCO will also provide professional training of international standard to the IT graduates and professionals from various universities of the province to empower them with CISCO certification which will lead the new generation of the province to compete the IT industry with international certifications. A ceremony to this effect was held here on Tuesday with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for ST & IT, Shahram Tarakai as chief guest.
The MoU was signed by the concerned authorities of ST&IT Department and CISCO Pakistan. The CISCO academies to be established under the MoU will offer international standard IT certification to the graduates in the province on 75% concessional charges. It merits a mention here that at present no such international standard government IT institute or university exist in the province wherefrom the young IT professionals can get certified or compete with the modern era of IT.
Addressing the ceremony Shahram Tarakai termed the signing of the MoU as a revolutionary step and said that the present provincial government is not only committed but taking result-oriented steps as well to effectively use information and communication technology for the socio-economic development of the province, adding that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government aims at introducing information and communication technology in all sectors to promote IT industry in the province and thus empower the IT literates and graduates through an organized and institutionalized e-governance initiatives.
“As information technology is emerging and growing very fast and to meet the challenges of IT sector, an international standard IT institute is very much needed for the capacity building of IT professionals of this province”, said Shahram Khan and added that MoU signing with CISCO will prove extremely useful to meet the same need.
He continued that the present provincial government had put much more emphasis on the effective use of IT and establishment of CISCO academies will provide a platform to the graduates of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to empower them with international standard certification. He revealed that Microsoft and other leading international IT companies were being invited to invest in the province and many of them have expressed willingness to invest in the province.
He lauded the efforts of ST&IT Department for engaging CISCO to invest in the province and assured full support to CISCO to make the MoU a real success on ground. The ceremony was also addressed by Secretary ST&IT Department Farrah Hamid, Country Manager, CISCO Pakistan Zahid Qazi and other speakers.