The orientation ceremony of the Information Technology University of the Punjab (ITU-Punjab) was held under the supervision of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) in Lahore on January 24. The university will be an addition to the opportunities in pursuing careers in the field of information technology. The first campus of the university was established on the sixth floor of Arfa Karim Software Technology Park.
It is expected that the university will contribute toward providing solutions of problems of information technology in Pakistan and will work toward achieving global standards to compete in the international market. The standards are being set in education, research, entrepreneurship and also creating personnel capable of being hired in the field of information technology companies and businesses.
Already Pakistan is lagging behind in the field of latest technological development. Even though companies do work, but that work of latest technology and its applications remain limited to only a few companies which adopt modern means and upgrade to newer software relevant to their sectors.
The guest speaker was Dr. Umar Saif, who is also the Chairman of the PITB. On the occasion, he said:
“The launch of the IT University is a visionary step towards providing the youth quality IT education. ITU’s mission is to educate the next generation of innovators and engineers to develop technologies that drive the country’s economic growth.”