Pakistan’s Emerging Information Technology Surge

Today in IslamabaCyber_Wing_Minstry_of_IB_and_NH_438d, Pakistan  a large meeting among Pakistani leadership resulted in the appointing of a new bill to create 500 Universal Tele-centers throughout all of Pakistan. This bill, attributed to the sagacious thinking of the PML(N) political party, also details the large effort being put forth by the Pakistani Minister of Information Technology, Anosha Rehman  to keep Pakistan on the forefront of technology helping it to better compete in the global Information Technology  market. It is hoped that the implementation of 3g and 4g networks for phones as well as the afore mentioned UTC’s will aid Pakistani students hoping to join the emerging field of Information technology and provide them with essential infrastructure to innovate and create commerce.

For more information on this topic please refer to the original article on Online News here and for a more detailed breakdown of the program please refer to The Nation News Network website here.

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AIOU faculty visits San Jose State University

Liz Tu and AIOU faculty at Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Workshop (note Urdu welcome on screen behind!) The Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Program (PDEEP) is designed to build distance education capacity at Allama Iqbal Open University, one of the largest open universities in the world with more than 660,000 students throughout Pakistan. AIOU mainly uses the “correspondence” model of distance education–sending and receiving course materials thru the mails. SJSU is working with AIOU to increase the online delivery mode using the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard to build a solid foundation of eCampus infrastructure–including faculty training, administrative policies, student preparation, and instructional design.  Our pilot project focuses on their newly launched BS in Computer Science that is being offered at Omerkot and DG Khan–areas far from the major cities of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. In Omerkot and DG Khan AIOU has built Regional Centers complete with excellent internet connections and computer labs, and installed a Polycom web conferencing system which allows professors at the AIOU campus in Islamabad to lecture and take questions from the remote classrooms. Project Director Mark Adams and Contract Manager Hillary Evans visited in February to set things in motion, and SJSU Computer Science Chair Jon Pearce visited in May, even giving a lecture to the remote classrooms. AIOU Professors Moiz, Daud, and Sultana are currently here with us at SJSU (through Sept. 24) working on the many elements required to build a high quality hybrid-online program. For more PDEEP photos click here.

Featured Article: Environment and Job Development MUST go together!

A little boy in western Karachi

By Huong Cheng, PDEEP Student Assistant
Photo courtesy of Ashraf Khan/IRIN

Drinking water is an essential part of life but do we think about where it comes from? Pakistanis in cities such as Lahore are facing polluted water every day. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) is bringing awareness to people. It is a critical situation in which more than 250,000 children die each year due to diseases caused by poor water maintenance. Small changes are being made in hopes of finding a solution to this life threatening issue. Here at PDEEP, we hope to become a part of the solution one day and enhance Pakistan’s developing economy.

Find out and more and read the full article here.

Featured Article: More Science, AIOU’s bold initiative to build science labs in Pakistan.

AIOU WEBMore great news from our partners in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) who plan on setting up science laboratories in regional campuses across Pakistan. This bold initiative named “Science for the Society” has been undertaken as an effort to promote the sciences in Pakistan’s youth. AIOU already has the most state-of-the-art science laboratory in its main campus and now is poised to set up 100,000 open schools to educate  male and female students who could not continue their studies. Continue reading

Featured Article: Meet the Woman Behind Pakistan’s First Hackathon

sabeenGood afternoon we come and invite you to read all about Pakistan’s first hackathon and Sabeen Mahmud, the woman behind it all. Wired magazine says “Mahmud represents something new in this ancient city” where she opened a coffee shop that now hosts up to four events a week. They host events ranging from poetry writings theater performances to forums that discuss critical issues in the nation of Pakistan.  Continue reading

Featured Article: “Open Schooling” initiative and “Girl Power Programme”

AIOU WEBGood afternoon everyone today we bring you great news from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) which is our partner school in Pakistan on their recent educational projects named ” Open Schooling System” and “Girl Power Programme” respectively. President Asif Ali Zardari said that under “Open Schooling System” project AIOU will achieve high success in bringing back women, girls, young and adult men who had dropped-out of school, back to school.

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