IT Exports Jump By 3.3% YoY in First Quarter of FY24

The IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances comprising computer services and call center services increased by 3.3 percent during the first quarter (July-Sep) of the current fiscal year 2023-24 and clocked in at $655 million compared to $634 million during the same period of last fiscal year.

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) data showed that ITeS export remittances declined by around 12.5 percent on a month-on-month (MoM) basis in September 2023 and remained $206 million compared to $235 million in August 2023.

On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the sector export remittances decreased by around 0.5 percent compared to $ 207 million in September 2022.

ICT export remittances, including telecommunication, computer, and information services, stood at $ 2.597 billion, a negative growth rate of around 1 percent in the fiscal year 2022-23 compared to $ 2.619 billion in the fiscal year 2021-22.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has identified several constraints including inconsistency in policies, taxation issues, and banking hurdles which are hampering the country’s information technology sector’s export potential of $15 billion.

Official documents revealed that over the past five years, phenomenal upward growth of 178 percent in IT and ITeS exports has been realized at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent, the highest growth rate in comparison to all other local industries in services and even higher than the textile sector which stands at 148 percent.

However, a number of constraints and hurdles are hindering the growth of IT and ITeS exports. Inconsistency of policies has eroded the confidence of local and international investors, customers, and partners not to mention the trade bodies and government entities. Frequent changes in taxation policy on IT and ITeS export proceeds are one such example.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Karachi Board to Launch Digital Portal to Facilitate Students

To make the pre- and post-examination process more convenient for college students, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) will soon be launching a digital portal.

Once the website is live, students will be able to submit their application forms and check their results from the comfort of their homes.

Furthermore, students will get all the necessary forms and instructions through their colleges instead of visiting the board office.

Talking to a local media outlet, Chairman BIEK Professor Naseem Memon said that the board is launching an online portal to address the challenges students faced in the past.

Sharing details about the website, he said that students will be provided with sign-in details. Furthermore, the college principals will also be granted access to it.

Chairman BIEK added that students will be able to submit their exam forms online and the confirmation slips will be dispatched directly to their colleges. The online portal will provide all the information of students to the college administrators.

Regarding the examination process, Professor Naseem Memon stated that it involves various steps including bundling, washing, codification, and compiling the result.

Additionally, one of the most important parts of this entire process is to keep the identity of students hidden while their answer sheets are checked by the teachers.

Source: Pro Pakistani

KP Teachers Face Strict Action for Missing Polio Campaign Duty

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) education department has taken strict action against nine women Primary School Teachers in Swabi, who either declined or were absent from their duty during the anti-polio campaign.

According to details, District Education Officer, Sofia Tabassum, upon the direction of Deputy Commissioner Swabi, issued the orders of their suspension.

Surprisingly, the teaching community of Swabi supported the suspended teachers despite their lack of responsibility during the crucial health campaign.

They demanded to withdraw the suspension notice or else they will stage a protest sit-in at Karnal Sher Chowk.

A 5-day anti-polio campaign recently concluded in different parts of KP. Pakistan continues to report polio cases as one more child was reported to have the virus in Bannu recently.

According to Interim Health Mini­ster Dr. Nadeem Jan, 90 percent of cases in the country were “imported from Afghanistan.” So far, Pakistan has reported three polio cases this year.

Source: Pro Pakistani

More women should join workforce after completing their education: President

President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized that more women should join the workforce after completing their education.

Addressing the convocation of Foundation University in Islamabad today, he said responsibility rests with the state to provide the women protection against harassment.

The President pointed out that about twenty million children are out of school and every segment of society should come forward to address this issue.

President Arif Alvi said Pakistan requires graduates in all disciplines including medicine and engineering. He however stressed the importance of creating opportunities for them within the country to prevent brain drain.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Conjunctivitis: Schools in Punjab to remain closed till Sunday

Punjab Schools Education Department has announced to close all public and private schools of the province till Sunday in the wake of increasing cases of conjunctivitis disease.

This decision has been taken to protect children from the conjunctivitis epidemic.

According to a notification all schools will reopen from Monday and observe SOPs issued by the school education department to prevent the inflammation infection.

Meanwhile, Punjab government has also established a helpline 1033 for the conjunctivitis patients.

In a statement caretaker Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Care, Dr Jamal Nasir said the conjunctivitis patients can access helpline for treatment related queries and guidance.

He said eye surgeons at government hospitals across the province have been instructed to be alert and an abundant quantity of eye drops has been provided in all hospitals.

Dr Jamal Nasir said special arrangements have been made to treat conjunctivitis patients at Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, Mayo Hospital Lahore and Nishtar Hospital Multan.

Source: Radio Pakistan