There are two contrary opinions about Pakistanis being Information Technology savvy: 1)
DEPLOYMENT OF IT IN EDUCATION
Interestingly, it remains a debate whether deployment of technology in education can make students technology savvy or education in technology will make students technology savvy. While a quick review of syllabus is followed in urban cities, particularly in private schools suggest that not only computer is one of the subjects but particle training of using it is also given. They are also taught to prepare assignments by using Internet facility. In fact it is observed that a large number of students already have computers, which they use to communicate with their family and friends. Often they also use different software and formal education in computer further enhances their skills.
One of the reasons for the presence of computers in average homes is its ‘affordability’ that has been made possible due to the government policy and partly because of technological obsolescence in the developed countries. Now the newer models and upgradation are coming up such a fast pace that people living in
EDUCATION IN IT
Education in IT can be divided into three segments: 1) orientation with computer hardware and software, 2) hands on training of using different software made available by
Students have to also select the area they wish to select as career. Most of the people are familiar with hardware maintenance but now software maintenance has also become known. Added to this is installation and maintenance of local area networks. With the growing use of laptop computers, installation and maintenance of routers has also become important. However, all these are of relatively of lower level.
Prior to 9/11, Pakistanis were working for the US companies directly or indirectly, particularly in the software development. However, after the incidence US companies either completely stopped ‘outsourcing’ work to Pakistani companies or hiring people to work on specific modules. One can understand this if he/she is aware of a term ‘building blocks’. One of the reasons for following this philosophy is to ensure appropriate ‘firewalls’ to save the customers from ‘cyber attacks’ and other is to facilitate constant upgradation.
However, it is necessary to share with the readers that globally known companies are still ‘outsourcing’ jobs to Pakistani companies and universities. Over the years a number of Pakistani companies have attained global recognition. For the security reasons both the US companies and their Pakistani partners avoid talking about their working relationship. Since nothing tangible is being moved it is difficult to find out the work being done locally.
It is necessary to bring it to the attention of Government of
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