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Youth and Social Exclusion in the Information Society Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by AZEEM SAJJAD, Pakistan May 19, 2007
Human Rights , Education , Technology   Opinions


Youth and Social Exclusion in the Information Society
Like many governments, Government of Pakistan has also made substantial efforts to spread the spectrum of reach, access and use of ICTs. Privatization and the opening of markets have been the prime focus for attracting investment in infrastructure to build networks. Debate on ICT policies, open content and Free and Open Source Software policies and practices are ways forward for open Information Society. Human resource development is the backbone of knowledge based economy. Pakistan is a developing country with a population of approximately 150 million and ranks at as low as 144th position on the Human Development Index. During the last five years, ICTs have been one of the major focus areas of development for the Government of Pakistan. Huge investment has been made in ICT infrastructure and education in the country. Pakistan has improved its telecom structure and further improvements are on their way. Ministry of IT has been conscious of the potential role of Information Society in the country, due to which present Government is enthusiastically engaged in expanding ICT infrastructure in country. National ICT R&D Fund of the country is milestone to improve the human resource capacity building through developing intellectual human resource, the main goal of this fund is for socially or economically deprived youth so that they might be able to entertain the same opportunities and options which others can and the main goal is to access. Universal Service Fund has been established to facilitate building the telecom infrastructure in remote areas and would enhance telephone density in the country. It will also promote much needed investment. LDI licenses will have the rights to acquire, share or lease infrastructure. They will also pay to LLO access promotion contribution. USF will be used to provide connectivity to unserved and under served areas. Govt. is aiming to strengthen the process of socio economic development and empowerment of the disadvantaged section of the society at the grassroots level through transfer of knowledge without ethnic political religious or any other biases.

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I am Azeem Sajjad and I a, from Pakistan and was born in Lahore, Pakistan and live there for a long time. I studied there upto Masters. I did Masters of Computer Sciences from Hamdard University in 1999 - 2001 after B.Sc. with double Mathmetics and Statistics. For polishing my managerial skills after getting sufficient technical experience, I persued Commonwealth learning International MBA Executive in 2005.

Although I started my career from working in my university as Software Engineer, where afterwords promoted as Snr. Software Engineer and Assistant IT Manager. I worked there for around five years in different roles. I enjoyed working there by learning technical as well as by interacting with people from diverse groups.

Afterwords, I joined Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited [PTCL] as Assistant Manager, Billing and Mediation in Sep 2005. While working with PTCL in islamabad has opened a new dimension in my life and It totaly changed even my daily routine or lifestyle. As I had to move from my hometown to Islamabad capital territory. It was a pleasant experience while working for PTCL, which continued till Dec 2006.

Currently I am working in Ministry of IT, IT and Telecom Division, Govt. of Pakistan since 1st Jan 2007 as Project Manager(R&D Fund).
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