IT Education, Skills Development & Establishment of Linkages between Academia & Industry!

Anum Shakeel
Posted November 11, 2019 from Pakistan
Guest Speaker;
While sharing the stage with prominent educationalist on the topic of industry academia linkages
Token of Appreciation;
Token of Appreciation;: At the end of the event i have received the token of appreciation for being the youngest and only women panelist at IT Ministry Nation Building Conference. (1/1)

The event was organized by Nation Building Initiative in collaboration with IT Ministry of Pakistan. It was a full day event where IT Experts, Educationalist, Tech Entrepreneurs, Startups and Students participated. The auditorium was filled with 800+ audience. The key question & answers of the panel I was chairing is as follows;

1. What needs to be done by Pakistan to provide the youth, with one platform to exhibit their innovations? 

Government with IT stake holders can provide youth with a knowledge sharing platform to showcase best practices and create a dialogue that could lead to viable solutions to address youth issues, led by youth. Similar platforms could be developed for all stakeholders in an entrepreneurial ecosystem to share ideas, discuss challenges and devise solutions. Supporting research can fill knowledge gaps and open space for innovation.

2. How can the youth have one platform to exhibit their ideas for entrepreneurship and funding?

There are annual conferences where the best startups displaying their products and services. All the investors are being gathered on such platforms. Seed funding's are awarded to best qualifying startups in different categories. Aid such as UKAID, USAID should be encouraged to invest with startups. Again, the role of Government needs to be very strong and they should consider the startups as the growing community.

3. How can we provide benefits to the students by linking them to the corporate?

This question is very close to my heart as these days the students suicide cases are in every newspaper, news channel and on social media. Depression and un employment leading towards suicide. Now, We need to se the factors that why the student from top engineering university committing suicide? because he is not getting the relevant job. So here comes the role of industry academia linkages. This is very important to have corporate exposure before getting into job world. HEC and IT boards need to sign MoU's where they both can push their respective industry to help the students with internships, mentorships, workshops and trainee programs.

 4. How can IT policy impact entrepreneurs? 

First of all, policy is the key to make sure the proper implementation it caters the basic needs of entrepreneurship. As being the guardian of all policies, IT policy channelize the way of the work. IT policy impacts favorably and chalk out the policies accordingly. Hence, entrepreneurs reap the rich harvest of IT Policies. They find the IT Policies tailor-made for them. Entrepreneurs do the all possible and all needful keeping in view the IT policy.

5. Why is our nation not using the Online Training materials, Online Training Portals to get trained? What is the hindrance? 

Owing to the advancement of the technology our nation is exceedingly hesitant of adopting the online training. Even our esteemed Government organizations are still toeing the lines of the outdated manual work. They are mindful of the rising importance of technology but they feel the fear of being replaced due to new technology. Our inhabitants' natural instincts are not inclined to get online training. There is a dire need to sensitize them of the surmounting importance of the Online Training Portals. They must be made mindful of the fact that Online Training Materials and Portals will ease their problems to a very greater extent.

6. Why is our nation not able to create online training courses? 

They possess the enough capability to chalk out the Online Training Courses. The significant hurdle comes their way is to take initiative. Unfortunately, the fact is that they are very good followers rather than leaders. They feel satisfied in the status quo. This is really a point of concern for us. It badly needs to be redressed. Here, there is a crying need to make them aware of the long term benefits of creating the Online Training Courses. They should feel the gravity of the situation and must gear up to embrace the challenge of creating Online Training Courses.

7. How can we establish IT learning centers through Public Private Partnership for far flung areas and main cities? Why has this not been done before? Do these IT learning centers help? 

For establishing the IT Learning Centers, there is a need of sound decisions based on the mutual consensus. Public and Private Partnership must go hand in hand. In this cause the first and foremost fact lies in the strong cooperation and mutual understanding. Further, the budget allocations and all prerequisites must be calculated accordingly. 

8. At what age and in which class’s curriculum should IT education start? 

IT education practically needs to be started from the very beginning of primary level. It must be ensured at the earliest years of ones education. Keeping in view the importance of IT Education, it must be made part and parcel of our indigenous education system from the students early years. As now students are more adopting technology faster then us.

9. What is required to change the curriculum of IT? (from Primary to University)

We need to introduce gamification in curriculum to help students to better understand the IT curriculum. It needs to be revise and updated according to the need of the era. Most of the educational institutes are following the typical methods and typical course to teach which is a real challenge. SSC and HSC boards need to provide strong check and balance.

10. How do we create a digitally Literate Pakistan? We need your input! It matters!! 

Trust on our Young generation (Startups), Workshops, Delegations to Global Tech Companies. We are treating the startups like a baby in a family but we need to treat them as a member of a family whose say matters. Startups are the future of the economies.

11. How can we formulate an IT policy where we can create stronger links between the IT Academia and various industries, including the IT industry itself? 

In simple words we need to make sure the implementation of the ideas given by the Industry people. The drawback is we are facing a lot of challenges and we don' have check and balance and accountability of the concern bodies. IT policy should ensure the accountability of the respective bodies.

12. What would you like to see in Pakistan’s IT Education Council?  

Strong Follow-up and Accountability. There should be a reward system where institutes get reward on their performance or completing their any project/task alloted to them by IT Education Council.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 11
Nov 11

Hello Dear Anum,

How are you doing, dear? Wow! This sounds like a great event, and what an honor that you were acknowledged for being the only woman and the youngest panelist. I hope that changes going forward, quickly:-) All these questions and answers seem really strong. So, what is the accountability or plan for these ideas to be implemented, i.e., will there be a follow up or check in regularly by the two organizations that created the event, to ensure there's forward momentum? I'm eager to see how this pans out.

Did you get a chance to fill out the WP Impact survey, by the way? It would be great to see your impact story, dear!

I hope you're doing well and that you're having a great week!

Lisbeth
Nov 11
Nov 11

Dear Anum,
I Can't agree less, without technology, no entrepreneur ship ha. Thanks for sharing and take care!.
Lizzy

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thank you Lizzy

Anum Shakeel
Nov 14
Nov 14

Jill please share the link of Survey. I will share my thoughts.

Jill Langhus
Nov 15
Nov 15

Hello there:-)

Here is the link. The survey ends today, FYI: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFZDG2J

Thanks for adding your thoughts.

Anita Shrestha
Nov 11
Nov 11

Dear Anum
Thank you for sharing

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thank you

Usha K.C.
Nov 12
Nov 12

Hi Anum,
it's just great to hear from you. Your suggestions to your country regarding are commendable.
lots of love, keep raising your voice

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thank you for the warm hearted words and love.

lizzymark
Nov 12
Nov 12

Great achievement, hoping for more heights. Hope these suggestions help your country grow.

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thank you for the kindness. we are trying for the better future. Hope fully we will achieve the goals.

IjeomaSO
Nov 13
Nov 13

Congratulations Anum on this milestone. I look forward to more participation of women on this enlightened forum. Thank you for representing women.

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

I really feel blessed and happy whenever I see comments from my WP sisters. Thank you for the kind words.

Hello, dear Anum,

You keep surprising us with your achievements. Congratulations on being the youngest and the only female panelist at the IT Ministry Nation Building Initiative!

We're proud of you! Keep up the great work. Thank you for sharing!

Anum Shakeel
Nov 13
Nov 13

Dear Karen, I don't have words in which I can explain my love for you and for WP community. I really feel blessed and happy whenever I see comments from my WP sisters. I would like to Thank you , Jill and all the sisters for the love and appreciation.

You're always welcome, sis Anum. This is how we support you, to let you know we are behind you are you make transformative changes in your circles of influence.

We're blessed you are here, too. Your life is inspiring!

Anum Shakeel
Nov 14
Nov 14

Thank you so much. I am overwhelmed.