ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for taking proactive measures to develop the Information Technology sector that can contribute enormously to the economic and scientific development of the country. He expressed these views at a briefing on the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) here.
The President said that globally, the focus of development policies is shifting from Brick-and-Mortar development projects to the intellectual development of human resources and Pakistan needs to adopt this modern strategy.
He said academia-industry linkages are essential for the progress of the country. He also urged the need to increase the number of students with a special focus on the provision of hybrid and online education. The Rector NUCES gave a presentation about the role and achievements of the university in promoting IT education in the country.
He informed that NUCES was the largest provider of human resources to the computer software industry of the country and currently, 13,000 students were enrolled in various programmes in five campuses of the university.
He apprised that 24,000 students had graduated, since the year 2000, in various disciplines such as Computer Science, Engineering, Management and Humanities.
The Rector also highlighted that the institution provided Rs 240 million each year in financial assistance and scholarships to needy and brilliant students, stating that currently 1,500 students were benefitting from financial aid provided by the university.
The President asked the management to prepare the students keeping in view the requirements of the fourth Industrial Revolution and focus on research and development.