Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oracle to launch online programme to promote IT learning in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Oracle Corporation, a software manufacturing company will start an online school level educational programme www.Think.Com by December this year to promote teaching of Information Technology in Pakistan.

The programme is aimed at providing the students an opportunity to improve their skills in IT and giving them a chance of pursuing their studies abroad.

The primary schools in rural areas have also been included in the educational programme, said Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, of the Company, Natasak Rodjanapiches.

He said, schools participating in the program, would be linked to each other through a website.

Replying to a question, Natasak said through this educational programme, Oracle would also link up students in Pakistan with students abroad and would play a role in promoting the exchange of culture and civilization.

He said initially the programme would be launched from 8 or 12 schools and later more schools would be included.

Replying to another question, he said, Oracle basically assisted in preparing standard software programmes. However, it was also providing services and investing in other sectors like telecom, oil and gas, mobile phone sector, pharmaceuticals and defense.

"We feel huge opportunities for development and investment exist in telecom and information technology sectors in Pakistan and Oracle was working out a strategy in Pakistan for offering scholarships to talented students who displayed outstanding performance in IT and telecom sectors," he said.

He said the ' www.Think.Com ' programme would also be used to improve professional capabilities of the teachers. www.Think.com turns students into multimedia authors for a global community and allows peers to think and learn together.●

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