Despite the fact that the IT fever which had once
taken the entire globe into its grip has started subsiding however, one
can easily predict without fear of contradiction that this cutting edge
technology has yet to see the real height it deserves.
While looking into the reasons for the current
setback to the IT growth one finds that it was due to the economic
recession in the United States in the aftermath of September 11 events
resulting in the bankruptcy of some leading IT giants. These
developments have naturally sent some negative signals around the world.
The depressing conditions however are of the temporary nature and things
will start moving upward with the picking up of the economic conditions
especially in the US.
As far as growth of IT in Pakistan was concerned
still we have to go a long way to avail the benefits of this wonderful
technology in our social and economic life.
There was a mushroom growth of IT institutes at every
corner and street of all the major cities of Pakistan it is however
unfortunate that a very few amongst them were equipped to impart IT
education in accordance to the market demand. While rest of the
institutes jumped into the arena just for making money in the name of
the IT education without laying a strong foundation necessary for
building up the edifice of knowledge. Consequently, a large number of
people came out on the road looking for a job with an IT diploma or
Degrees in their hands.
SITE @ SCHOOLS
A study of the outcome of our existing computer
education system at school level shows that computer training/studies at
school level has no market value. Actually, schools do not bridge the
computer studies at school level and IT courses at professional level
hence leaving various flaws in the computer training provided to the
children at schools.
Diagnosing the real problem, the KalPoint.com,
sponsored by the Kalia Group of Companies, has come out with a spirit to
spread the world standard computer training and education to the grass
root level purely on national interest.
Hanif Kalia, Chairman Kalia Group of Companies told
PAGE that SITE @ Schools is an IT education program aimed at providing
proper IT education with appropriate tools at the school level.
"Our aims to knit the schools of the town in a
comprehensive and interactive network of IT education program to develop
a strong foundation of IT knowledge at school level which would
ultimately help producing professional IT education at higher stage.
This would be career oriented IT education right from primary
Hanif Kalia said with a sense of confidence that this
program will design and develop an IT education system to groom our
youth to come up to the requirement of the future professional studies.
One of the most important roles the SITE @ Schools has to play is the
creation of an e-bridge between IT Education imparted at schools and at
Hanif Kalia said that this program has been launched
in collaboration with National and Multinational Organizations. It is
aimed at providing our future leaders a base, direction with clarity of
mind to march into the future. Those organizations which have joined
hands for this noble cause are including Karachi City Government, Sindh
Board of Technical Education, Fourth R Inc. USA, International Society
for Technology in Education, Skill Development Council, British Computer
Society UK, Institute of Certified E-Commerce Consultants USA, NICAS-UK
KalPoint plans to bring world's best organization at
the doorstep which would rejuvenate a new educational era where time and
energy would be saved and matters would be dealt authentically without
any hassle. The SITE @ Schools based on following two versions:
Regular version: Designed in collaboration with
Fourth R. Inc USA and Certification/Endorsement by Sindh Board of
Technical Education. Credit of School IT education in advance IT
studies, Teachers Resource manuals for each level to deliver uniform
quality of education, Teachers training, Immaculate Quality Assurance
System, Appropriate and easily accessible software for kids training
Designing Interactive Website (online home-work and results) for member
schools, Leasing and financial services to update the computer labs.
Optional version: Additional Equivalence and credit
of regular curriculum by Skill Development Council, Additional
certification of regular curriculum by NICASUK, Optional Curricula for
advance studies/Certification/Accreditation/Credit by the recognized
Government and International bodies.
The most outstanding feature of this computer
education program supported by the national International Organizations
is that it is based purely on human values and to pave the correct way
leading to higher computer knowledge. A very nominal cost is charged to
promote IT education at schools, as on average monthly fee per student
is Rs20/- only.