Prime Minister’s Internship program — that was announced last year — is finally nearing its realization as Pakistan Software Export Board has been asked to expedite the plans and publish advertisements regarding the internships in mainstream dailies at earliest.
Under the program, PSEB will offer internship opportunity to 3,000 fresh graduates in major banks, IT and telecom firms.
A press statement issued by MoIT has said that Mrs. Anusha Rehman, the Minister of State for IT & Telecom, has directed the MD PSEB to give advertisement in mainstream newspapers for placement of three thousand young IT graduates for internship for the period of six months under Prime Minister’s Internship Program 2016-17.
This was done during a PSEB Board of Directors meeting, which was chaired by Minister herself while Federal Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir Khan, Member HR Mr. Tahir Mushtaq, MD PSEB, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain and representatives from [email protected] and TDAP were also present in the meeting.
It is decided that these interns will be placed at IT companies, IT Departments of Telecom Sectors companies, Banks and other such Organizations so that IT graduates develop the skill set to increase their employability potentials.
The Minister also directed MD PSEB to develop a new interactive web portal for internship program by incorporating necessary details of all IT companies registered with PSEB and ensure its being updated on a regular basis.
The Board also reviewed the progress on the project of IT park which is being carried out with the financial assistance of Korean Exim Bank.
The Minister directed PSEB to conclude signing the loan agreement with Korean authorities so that ground breaking ceremony of first state of the art IT park comprising of 45 acres land at Islamabad could be held at the earliest.
MD PSEB also informed the board that CMMI certification of the potential companies has been started and in first phase twenty one short-listed companies are being trained.
Minister hailed the initiative by saying that this CMMI certification of potential IT companies will not only help them in their capacity building but also enhance their credibility in the eyes of foreign clients. Moreover, it will be cost effective to use these local auditors for CMMI certification instead of using foreign auditors which are very expensive, Minister added.