Ignite to Float RFP to Prepare 1 Million Freelancers in Pakistan

The 55th Board of Directors Meeting of Ignite – National Technology Fund (formerly National ICT R&D Fund) was held under the chairmanship of Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for IT & Telecom in Islamabad today.

The board especially reviewed and extensively discussed the progress of launching DigiSkills initiative for technology enabled training of 1 Million youngsters in the country.The Board approved the floating of Request for Proposal (RFP) with an aim to promote excellence in technology and innovation, building a workforce for a future driven by the 4th Industrial Wave.

The board also reviewed and endorsed the funding of 11 high value technical R&D projects against the research proposals submitted by Project Investigators (PI) both from industry and academia. Moreover, a training and mentorship program for capacity building of funded research teams for commercialization (a process that converts research, ideas, or prototypes into viable products and services) also came under discussion.

The minister said that these endeavors will not only enhance the rate of successful commercialization of output of funded projects but also improve Pakistan’s innovation eco-system in general.

In order to promote a research culture at the grassroots level Ignite, under the auspices of Ministry of IT & Telecom, have been providing funding to ICT graduates through its National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative (NGIRI) since 2012. The Board approved the budget for NGIRI Program for the FY 2017-18, including a National Competition amongst the top funded projects under this initiative.

Federal secretary IT, Rizwan Bashir Khan; Member Telecom, Mudasar Hussain; Member IT, Syed Raza Shah; Member HR, Dr Shahid Qureshi PD IBA kch; Akbar Jamal Shaukat. PD CNS Group of Companies; Khwaja Saad Saleem, Nayatel; CEO Ignite and other board members were also present in the meeting.


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  • Khurshid Ahmed

    khud job na dena awam bs freelancers tayar karo aur un pe agar koi kamane lag jaye to tax laga do.good strategy.

  • namaloom

    these guys have never hired any staff for checking these mega projects rfps and awarding projects to their friends. what is education o f faisl sherjan and why is jazz . only corrupt people are awarded with fake highre roles to exexcute their agenda. fake genral mangers and heads are made . only audit of these fake oficers there extra facilitits . honest general managers dont help yousf husain so he dont like him. he like to play with this public company like company of his forfathers.

  • dilawar

    Aaj tak Manager HR hire ni kia ha na hi koi GM Legal ha . Additional dummy charge da ka apni marze ki corruption or iregularities hoti hen. log siasi to pa barti hote hen. koi nargis sethi ka banja ha to ko Ministry ka Joint Secretry Tahawar ka beta or koi uske PA gondal ka damad ha koi member IT Amir malik ka banja ha or koi aho. khule aam kick backs , audit be hud hi krte he or apne mafia ko nawaza jata ha or unka naam pa aanch be nai ane di jati ha . inki aik madam ha jo sb karti ha wo hi Manager hr ha or secretary b hha. uski buht power ha oper tk.

  • dilawar

    Honest and loyal people are threaten for low jobs and disgraced publcially with demotions and other tactics. on the other side who are supporting are given high promotions & benefits and tranings and and and. no need to come office . full yar choro USF me is sa ziada fraud ha . sara khandan barti kar lia ha haris ch na apna . aik fooj zafar moj ha office boys or drivers ki . kaam sb consultants na krna ha or ye mojein. ye log CEO ko b ni tkne dete agar inki marzi sa na chale or wo bi khai or inko bi maze karwai . mafia buhut strong ha .