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Dr. Umar Saif, the Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Technology, has recently revealed an ambitious plan to tackle the obstacles faced by freelancer and start-ups in Pakistan.

This initiative involves establishing 10,000 E-Rozgar centers nationwide, each equipped with cutting-edge facilities, set to commence operations on January 11. The goal is to offer suitable workspaces for around 1.5 million freelancers currently lacking such resources.

Emphasizing the crucial need for freelancer to access the right tools and a conducive environment in the evolving digital landscape, Dr. Umar is confident that the joint E-Rozgar centers will not only benefit individual freelancer but also attract increased investment and create new employment opportunities.

In tandem with the E-Rozgar initiative, Dr. Umar announced another project starting on January 7. This initiative involves introducing a standardized test for IT graduates, administered through the Higher Education Commission.

The purpose is to assess IT graduates’ skills and provide internships upon successful completion, addressing the substantial gap between the annual production of 75,000 IT graduates and the limited eligibility of only 3,000 for employment in IT companies.

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Encouraging youth to explore entrepreneurship, Dr. Umar highlighted the potential for earning stipends through E-Rozgar. He expressed hope that measures, such as allowing IT companies to retain 50% of their receipts in dollar accounts, would significantly boost IT exports, projecting the figure to reach $4 billion.

The minister outlined the broader vision of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, focusing on projects that generate employment opportunities for the country’s youth.

He underscored the ministry’s commitment to advancing Pakistan’s education sector by providing IT skills and empowering skilled manpower within the IT industry. Overall, these initiatives signify a comprehensive effort to propel Pakistan forward in the field of technology and create a conducive environment for the growth of the IT sector.

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