Wateen Telecom and PITB sign contract to bring course books and past papers online for students
Wateen Telecom, Pakistan’s leading converged communication service provider signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Punjab IT Board for enabling e-learning in the province. Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Naeem Zamindar, CEO Wateen Telecom signed the agreement at the PITB E-Government Exhibition held at Arfa Technology Park earlier today. With the agreement, Wateen Telecom will provision an e-learning portal for graduate and post-graduate students to access and gain vital educational content from. The online portal will include text books, past papers, solved past papers and tips for students on preparing for examinations.
This project aims at providing free access to education with just the click of a button and promises to leap-frog the country to economic progress and prosperity with a skilled and educated workforce. In order for students to access this portal in universities and colleges, Wateen intends to provide the facility of Wi-Fi Hotspots. These Wi-Fi Hotspots will be free to access for students, to help them in their education and research. This portal is a small step towards realizing Wateen’s vision of enabling every man, woman and child in Pakistan through leading edge technology.
With growing online access, the youth of Pakistan faces a dearth of quality education. Currently government spends on the education sector are limited. This ultimately means that through leading edge technology, Wateen Telecom will change the traditional way of learning, replacing it with a more convenient and a quick way of gratifying the thirst for knowledge.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Naeem Zamindar CEO Wateen Telecom said that “With better online access, Wateen envisions that a student in Chichawatni can have access to the same education available at Harvard or Cambridge. Today we are creating an opportunity for students of tomorrow to benefit from and improve Pakistan economically and socially.”
The e-Government Exhibition, hosted by PITB, was visited by over one thousand students from various schools and universities. All the main ICT firms, including Wateen, participated in the exhibition with their stalls accessible for the general public.