President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the need to accelerate efforts to adopt new technologies in every field of life.
HEC-Huawei Skill Competition Prepares Our Younger Generation To Contribute For Socio-Economic Development
He was addressing the closing ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2018-19 held here at HEC Secretariat on Friday. The ceremony marked the announcement of winners who will compete in the Global Final to be held in China next month.
Congratulating the Higher Education Commission and Huawei for successfully conducting this ICT competition for students, he said that there is a huge potential of exports and employment generation in Pakistan’s IT and Telecom industry, adding that this actually holds the key for any country’s development. “Such competitions will prepare our younger generation to effectively contribute for country’s socio-economic development.”
Huawei ICT Competition Pakistan 2018-19 was launched in September last year. Roadshow and workshops were held in 53 universities and academic institutions across Pakistan. More than 5000 students attended the examination conducted on Huawei’s learning platform. Top 300 students were invited to attend the second round, of which 171 students passed HCNA Certification.
The top 100 students took part in the National Final and the most competitive top six students were selected for the Middle East International Final in China. In May 2019, the top three students Zohaib Anwar, Jawaria Abbas, and Asim Fareed shall participate in the Huawei ICT Competition Global Final in China with other regional winners from all over the globe.
Speaking to the audience, the President stressed the need to realize the swiftly increasing scope of the information age, and implementation of right strategies to bring in relevant technologies in different fields. He gave various examples of education, health and agriculture sectors, and underscored the fact that a proactive approach is required to identify and incorporate IT solutions in every single field.
Dr. Alvi also highlighted the role of the State to ensure that the younger generation is provided with every opportunity to unleash their talent and play an active part in this age of rapid transition and application of technologies. He narrated how he has been endeavoring to bring in IT solutions for his political activities not only in his constituency but also bring reforms in the election processes at the party as well as national levels.
He talked about the gaps in our university education and demand of different markets. “Though in some areas, we see very relevant output of graduates but overall we have to make more concerted effort to ensure that a person graduating from a higher learning institution has the relevant and updated skills and knowledge. “Relevant research is inevitable, if Pakistan has to progress and stand tall in the comity of nations.”