President stresses need to train youth in science and tech


ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has stressed the need for training the youth keeping in view the demand of the industry and revolutionary changes taking place in science and technology in order to achieve the objectives of socio-economic development.

Addressing the opening ceremony of 2nd International Conference on Communication, Computing and Digital Systems at Bahria University here on Wednesday, he expressed the confidence that our youth will grab the opportunities afforded by technological developments and propel the country into the 4th industrial revolution.

The President noted that Naya Pakistan will only happen if knowledgeable people come forward and play their part in society.

Referring to his initiative in artificial intelligence, the President said this will help produce one hundred thousand trained people in artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

He said he will also shortly meet the Vice Chancellors of twenty-four universities to motivate them for proper training and education of our scientists.

Referring to the challenges of cybersecurity, the President said it is important for us to secure our systems including those in the banks and others from any sort of hacking and cyber-attacks.

We have to be on guard vis-a-vis protection of important installations from any cyber-attack.  He said China has gone into a great firewall security system and Pakistan also needs to ensure that all its systems are well protected. Responsibility in this regard greatly rests with the educational institutions.

In his remarks on the occasion, Chairman NESCOM Dr Nabeel Hayat Malik said the threat of cyber-attacks is real and we have to work towards ensuring cybersecurity.

He said emerging technologies have also opened new doors of socio-economic development and we also need to invest in research to achieve the objective of development.