Microsoft Innovation Center Set to Open in Peshawar

By seeing the pace and interest of Pakistanis in the IT world, on last Friday a meeting of IT provincial board with Microsoft delegation revealed that after establishing their tech innovation center in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore it’s time to further expand the business. They have shown interest in setting up the Microsoft innovation center (MIC) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the collaboration of IT and academic industry.

The MICs are present worldwide, they have established their center in more than 100 locations with the collaboration of government and IT industry and still counting. They have diverse expertise and options such as training of students, create job opportunities, startup, and incubation, involving brilliant minds of that region or country in such projects which helps the company and government both, by solving local challenges. Their goal is to accelerate new companies and polishing the mind of youth with the help of world class facilities and mentors. It’s an inimitable program which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation.

The nitty-gritties of the meeting are still not known, but we do know that this meeting was held under the supervision of Zafar Ali Shah (Science and IT secretary) and Nadeem Ahmad Malik (Microsoft Pakistan’s Country Manager) along with all the big wigs of the IT industry including Umar Saif (Vice Chancellor of ITU, Punjab) and Jehan Ara (Head of P@sha).

Members of the meeting discussed the venue, prospects, and the further possibilities of developing the center in KPK with the special focus on e-governance along with the collaboration of the KP IT Board for the advancement of Information Commission Technology (ICT) in the province. They also discussed about signing an agreement upon a road map for further support of youth and KPK IT sector. The MICs established in Lahore and Islamabad is led by Punjab Information and Technology (PIT) Board, under the supervision of Government of Punjab, their aim is to modernize the governance system and to promote digital literacy.

If MIC goes ahead with the center in Peshawar then there will be a beginning of digital KPK just like Imran Khan says, “Naya Pakistan” (A step towards betterment).

News Source: Dawn News 

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