Information economy-source of quality jobsThe knowledge and information economy has emerged as a new source for the creation of quality jobs, wealth generation and redistribution, rapid economic development and prosperity as well as a means for facilitating competitiveness. With the emerging information age, information and communication technologies are seen by a number of countries as critical for achieving progress in economic and social development. These technologies are offering developing countries like Pakistan a window of opportunity to leap-frog the key stages of industrialization and transform their agriculture dominated economies into service-sector driven, high value-added information and knowledge based economies that can successfully compete in the global village.
Purpose for creating IgnitePakistan has witnessed a phenomenal growth in its telecom industry. The government of Pakistan has mandated that a certain percentage of gross revenue generated by all telecom service providers be allocated to development and research of information and communication technologies with the vision to transform Pakistan’s economy into a knowledge based economy by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources. To achieve this vision Ignite (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund) has been created.
GoalsThe vision of creating Ignite will be realized by pursuing the following goals:
- Cultivate industry-academia partnership by funding concrete development and research initiatives.
- Enhance the national ICT related human resource development capacity manifolds by facilitating industrial demand focused human resource capacity building and R&D capabilities in the country and promoting ICT related educational programs and activities.
- Make Pakistan an attractive destination for service oriented and research and development related outsourced jobs.
- Use ICT as a tool for wealth creation and upward mobility for economically challenged groups of citizens.
- Spread the ICT activities on a true national level.
MissionThe mission of Ignite technologies Pakistan is to fix the innovation value chain in Pakistan.
Source of FundingFinancial support for Ignite (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund) Company is provided by the Federal Government which in turn collects the prescribed contributions from the relevant PTA licensees operating in the telecommunications domain including the following:
- Fixed Line Operators
- Cellular Operators
- Data Service Providers
Ministry of Information TechnologyMinistry of Information Technology (MoIT) is the national focal Ministry and enabling arm of the Government of Pakistan for planning coordinating and directing efforts to initiate and launch Information Technology and Telecommunications programs and projects aimed at economic development of the country. Details.
Universal Service FundUniversal Service Fund was established by the Government of Pakistan (Ministry of Information Technology) to spread the benefits of the telecom revolution to all corners of Pakistan. USF promotes the development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the length and breadth of the country. Details.
Pakistan Software Export BoardPakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) is an apex Government body mandated to promote Pakistan’s IT Industry in local and international markets. PSEB facilitates the IT industry through a series of projects and programs in infrastructure development, human capital development, company capability development, international marketing, strategy and research, and the promotion of innovation and technologies.
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Higher Education Commission HECHuman Resource Development: HEC has embarked upon a program to develop the human resources in the country through launching new scholarship programs for students, teachers, scientists or technologists. Research & Development: HEC has launched a number of research support programs. The programs provide funding to enhance skill levels and working conditions for researchers and research students.
Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan IPOIntellectual Property (IP) is critical for competitive economy in the back drop of ongoing globalization. Sustainable economic growth now depends largely on Hi-tech R&D base and efficient knowledge input. The new concept of IP based nation is gaining ground because it is Intellectual Property which enables technology creation and technology transfer by providing the necessary enabling environment. Details.
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority TEVTAMission Statement of TEVTA: To enhance global competitiveness in Punjab, through a quality and productive workforce by developing demand driven, standardized, dynamic and integrated technical education and vocational training service. Details.
World Intellectual Property OrganizationThe World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
Board of directors
|1.||Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan||Minister of State for IT & Telecom|
|2.||Mr. Rizwan Bashir Khan||Secretary, IT & Telecom|
|3.||Mr. Mudassar Hussain||Member (Telecom)|
|4.||Mr. Syed Raza Shah||Member (IT)|
|5.||Mr. Zahoor Ahmad||Senior Joint Secretary Finance Division, Ministry of Finance|
|6.||Mr. Akbar Jamal Shaukat||Program Director, CNS Group of Companies|
|7.||Dr. Shahid Qureshi||Program Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Development, IBA Karachi|
|8.||Mr. Khawaja Saad Saleem||Managing Director, Nayatel (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad|
|9.||Mr. Yusuf Hussain||CEO, Ignite (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund)|
- Artificial intelligence and Big data
- Cloud infrastructure and Cyber security
- Internet of things
- Augmented and virtual reality
- Wearables and implantables
- Shared economy
- 3D/4D printing
Recently funded projects
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Scientific EventsThe Ignite (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund) has facilitated the following events by providing funds for the successful execution of these events.
- International Multi Topic Conference (IMTIC '12)
- International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT-2011)
- International Conference on Open Source System and Technology (ICOSST-2011)
- 7th International Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET-2011)
- International Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE)
- Video Registration and High Range Dynamic Imaging 2007
- 2nd International Conference on Open Source Technologies (ICOSST-2007)
- International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICICT 2007)
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