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Microsoft and higher educational commission of Pakistan took an initiative to provide easy access to Microsoft software, improve the technical skills, facilities of trainings, infrastructures and cloud services programs to the university students and the faculty members all over the Pakistan. About 156 public and private sector universities all over the Pakistan can get the advantages of this program.
The chairman of higher education commission of Pakistan Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, the Executive Director Mansoor Akbar Kundi and the IT Director General Anwar Amjad were present during the decision – making meeting in Islamabad. Whereas the representatives of Microsoft includes North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) General Manager Leila Serhan, Public Sector Lead NEPA Harb Bou-Harb & Technology Strategist for Public Sector and Education Jibran Jamshad who shared the feedback with Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) officials about the performance and progress of the alliance.
One of the important decisions made during the meeting was to start Microsoft IT Academy programme to enhance the technical skills among the students and faculty members of different institutions on various Microsoft technologies. In addition to the previous one, the two organizations also get agreed to establish a centre named Microsoft innovation centre (MIC) in Islamabad as advised by the IT Director General Anwar Amjad. It was also said that the all such centers in Pakistan requires the effective role of Microsoft especially in the case of dealings with technologies.
While giving comments on the progress of this project, North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) General Manager Leila Serhan said that “It is a pleasure to note that our collaborative initiative is helping the students and educators in Pakistan to realize their potential and elevate the standards of higher education in Pakistan. The project is designed to ensure access to latest Microsoft software products and relevant trainings workshops conducted by qualified Microsoft trainers. It is creating opportunities for the Pakistani students to compete in local as well as global market”
The IT director general at higher education commission of Pakistan Anwar Amjad while giving his view point on the progress of the programme, said that “We appreciate the support of Microsoft in this initiative, which is well on its way to nurture a highly evolved academic culture in Pakistan, by integrating global advancements and cutting-edge tools, to bring the domestic curriculum and learning at par with the leading universities of the world. Thus, empowering our students to contribute and compete in the global workforce. However, we still have a long way to go together”.
The higher education commission of Pakistan and Microsoft has successfully put hands into hands for the progress of this programme. Their collaboration from last five years with each other is providing many advantages not only to the universities but also to the students and the faculty members of different institutions from all over the Pakistan.