INTF says training to one million imparted

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – May 21, 2020
ISLAMABAD: One million trainings have been imparted to youth in freelancing under the national level training programme - DigiSkills.pk - launched by information technology and telecommunication (IT-T) ministry through ignite national technology fund (INTF), an official statement said on Wednesday.

According to detail, on the direction of IT-T minister, IT-T secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, was briefed on the successful execution of the programme by DigiSkills Training Project (DSTP) project director (PD) Zafar Alvi, through video link.

The DSTP was awarded to virtual university of Pakistan (VUoP) through an open tender based upon its 15 years demonstrated expertise in online distance learning.

The DSTP PD Alvi apprised the IT-T secretary Siddiqui that in its 30-month span the project aimed to impart one million trainings in 7 batches, with each batch of 12 weeks duration.

However, the target of imparting one million free online trainings was achieved in the 6th batch.

250,000 course enrolments have already been made for the 7th batch that will start on May 27, 2020, thereby exceeding the target by 0.25 million trainings by August 2020.

IT-T secretary Siddiqui said that DSTP provided an excellent opportunity for the youth to earn valuable foreign exchange during the lockdown period.

He lauded the efforts of the INTF, VUoP and the marketing and monitoring teams for achieving the target before time.

A national level training programme (DigiSkills.pk) launched by IT-T ministry through INTF has been providing free of cost training in freelancing and other marketable skills to youth.

The programme comprises of 10 courses including freelancing, digital marketing, search engine optimisation (SEO), graphic design, digital literacy, e-commerce management, creative writing, quickbooks, AutoCAD and word press.

INTF chief executive officer (CEO) Syed Junaid Imam and VUoP rector Naeem Tariq were also present on the occasion.


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