Prof (Dr) Attaur Rehman, Science and Technology Minister, said here on Saturday that the government has chalked out an ambitious action plan for promotion of 'Information Technology' in Pakistan. Talking to a Sindh IT delegation, led by Sindh Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, he said the government is undertaking every possible measure for promotion of 'IT' in the country. Dr Atta said that the government has already reduced the 'internet bandwidth rates' for the information technology institutes which will be dollars 3000 per megabyte per month so that information technology could be promoted at the earliest. He said that every assistance would be provided to Sindh for activating the IT sector in the province. Like other parts in the country, scholarships would be provided in Sindh for undertaking training programme. Under this arrangement 75 percent of the cost will be borne by the government while 25 percent by the students himself. Assistance would also be made available under Qarz-i-Hasna. Dr. Hafeez Shaikh said that the Sindh IT Board has sent 14 projects to the federal government and prominent among them is PC-I for the IT Park in Karachi of Rs. 180 million, Sindhi language coded and natural translator database development of which PC-I is for Rs. 100 million while Rs. 200 million for the setting up of IT centres in each district and the setting up of IT university at Mehran University at the cost of Rs. 200 million. He said that the Civic centre building at Larkana will be used as an IT park and the Federal Minister agreed with the idea. Dr Atta said that a meeting with the Sindh IT Board will be held every month so as to review the pace of the development projects.-APP
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