Punjab schools to acquire IT labs

Information technology (IT) laboratories will be set up in more than 4,000 schools across Punjab by November. Construction has almost been completed, and national and international companies have promised to donate the equipment and resources needed to make them operational.

Amna Nasir Jamal

2009-07-30

LAHORE — Information technology (IT) laboratories will be set up in more than 4,000 schools across Punjab by November, according to Punjab Assistant Chief Secretary Javed Aslam.

Ninety-five percent of the construction has already been completed, while national and foreign companies have promised to donate the equipment and resources to outfit them, he said.

“The Punjab government has the vision to bridge the digital divide between private and public sector schools, and create awareness in the use of technology for learning and skill-building for all students,” Aslam asserted. “Students can be trained in computer technology and also have access to the immense knowledge base available on the Internet.” He said a training programme for teachers who will staff the IT labs was already underway.

The government has signed agreements with Microsoft, DELL, ACER, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens GmbH, N-Computing, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Pak Elektron Ltd, all cutting edge providers of IT services, to donate communication and Internet infrastructure required to make the project operational.

“An agreement has been signed with PTCL for installation of the Internet facilities, while [the] Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) will provide furniture,” Aslam added. “The labs are being set up with state-of-the-art, name-brand hardware, licenced software and three-year service agreements.”

PTCL’s Jamil Khawaja said his company will apply the latest technology in the shortest time so that the project will yield results soon. Additionally, PTCL will provide free wireless broadband networks and email applications for the project.

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