Universal Service Fund Approved Important Projects to Improve Computer Literacy

The Board of Directors of Universal Service Fund (USF) on Thursday approved important projects worth billions of rupees to improve computer literacy especially among young girls.

The Universal Service Fund Company (USF Co) 41st Board of Directors Meeting was organized in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom on Thursday in Islamabad.

Universal Service Fund Approved Important Projects to Improve Computer Literacy Especially Among Young Girls

Minister Mrs. Anusha Rehman chaired the meeting in which a summary of the major efforts and development of telecommunication services in the under-served areas throughout the country by USF was taken.

On the endorsement of USF co, USF Board of Directors in the meeting approved award of Rural Telephony and e-Services Project including Sibi, Loralai, Killa Saifullah & Barkhan districts. This Project has a value of Rs3,195 million-benefitting an un-served population of around 500,000 covering 505 un-served Mauzas and an un-served area of 23,617 sq kms.

The Board of Directors also approved award of project for the establishment of computer labs in 12 Bait-ul-Maal Sweet Homes orphanages for assisting deprived children.

As women and young girls are main part of society, another special project to use ICT to empower young girls was approved. This project emphasizes on computer education and computer programming ICT skills to be taught to young girls in under developed areas. Computer Labs will be built in the Women Empowerment Centers run by the Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal. The training content will be arranged in association with the Virtual University.

Other Board members including the Secretary IT; Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Member Telecom; Mr. Mudassar Hussain , Chairman PTA; Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, CEO & President PTCL; Mr. Walid Irshaid, representative of Consumer Association of Pakistan, Mr. Kaukab Iqbal were also present.

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