Pakistani youth are to participate in the Information Technology World Championship 2014 for the first time.
The event will be held in July 2014 in Disney Land, California, TEC Education Foundation president Engineer Senator Rukhsana Zuberi told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday.
Ms Rukhsana said the competition offered mega opportunities to Pakistani youth to showcase their IT skills on the world forum besides opening career development opportunities and helping improve the country’s soft image abroad.
She said though the event had been taking place since 2004, Pakistan had never participated in it. The TEC education foundation president expressed the hope that efforts would be made for taking all required resources for Pakistan’s participation in the next championship competition.
“We are inviting Pakistani youth between 13 and 22 years of age to compete and become champions,” she said.
Ms Rukhsana said around 139 institutes had registered themselves for the competition, while preparations and practice for the event was underway in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Mansehra, Gujarat, Jhelum, Attock, Mirpur Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mirpur Mathelo, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Chakwal, Attock, Arrar, Sahiwal, Dera Ismail Khan, Fatehjang, Gujjar Khan, Khaur, Khoshab, Kohat, Nowshera, Mardan, Murree and Muzaffarabad.
Ms Rukhsana, who is the country’s first woman mechanical engineer and first lady to chair Pakistan Engineering Council, urged the media to help her organisation reach out to the educational institutions and the youth.
“Pakistani youths will be recognised at the world forum for their talents in information technology. This will open up unlimited career opportunities for them,” she said.