Intel Pakistan and Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve learning standards at PGC and its affiliate education institutions.
Both parties will work together to further improve quality of teaching resources and provide opportunities to youth to excel by acquiring 21st century knowledge skills and bring about a social change in the rural far-flung areas of the country.
Under this initiative, Intel® Teach, Intel® ISEF, Intel Entrepreneurship Basics and Intel® Learn Easy Steps course content and the respective professional development trainings will be implemented by Intel Pakistan. ICT based trainings for teachers in the affiliated schools as well as other periphery schools will also be provided.
Intel will also train teachers, students and out-of-school adolescent and adults to enhance their competencies in the effective use of ICT and entrepreneurship skills. The purpose of these trainings is to facilitate participation of teachers and students in the national and provincial science fairs and leverage the Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) platform for community outreach programs.
Intel will also be holding regular technology update sessions for PGC to accelerate the adoption of ICT in classrooms across the entire network of education institutions. PGC is already evaluating deployment of Intel-power tablets amongst teachers to help foster creativity and critical thinking in the students.
Sharing his thoughts, Naveed Siraj, Country Manager, Intel Pakistan said:
Since 1997, Intel Pakistan has evangelized ICT integration in classrooms to improve education standards in the country. Building critical thinking, innovation and creativity essential for students to succeed in today’s knowledge-based economy.
This is why our collaboration with Punjab Group of Colleges is critically important. We are delighted that PGC has shown commitment to deploy Intel-powered tablet solutions to enrich the learning of thousands of faculty and students associated with PGC”
Speaking at the occasion, Mian Amir Mahmood Chairman PGC and DunyaTV added:
We are appreciative of Intel that they have shared with us their holistic view of education and their sharing of best practices in ICT implementation in the classroom environment.
There is a lot of talk in the education sector about 21st century learning Skills. We are committed in our quest to provide the latest technology so that our faculty and students have the best knowledge resources.
PGC intends to expand the distribution of Intel-based mobile devices among students and will be working with Intel and OTech which has developed Intel tablet solutions under the Otab brand. These devices are loaded with education content which will help build knowledge skills among students. Intel and Otech aim to collaborate to take this initiative to a broader education market to create awareness of IT-solutions and grow e-learning skills among students across the country.
At the occasion, Intel conducted an education solution workshop on Intel education solutions which included display of products which are already transforming educational trends and practices in Pakistan through technology.