PTCL internship programme for youth development

ISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited’s (PTCL) landmark project of developing the youth through its Triple~E Programme continues for the 3rd consecutive year. Batch 2 of the program was concluded successfully, where over 400 graduates from all across the country benefited.

The Triple~E Program provides a year-long opportunity to fresh graduates for learning and development through hands-on training, live projects, job rotations, exposure to a fast-paced corporate culture and cutting-edge information and communication technologies. The program enables Enrichment, Encouragement and Evolution through a highly structured learning and engagement system implemented and improved every year, so that young graduates can compete in today’s highly competitive job environment confidently and professionally.

The program is one of the most successful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the country. Recently PTCL held closing ceremonies for the second batch of Triple~E graduates in all major cities of the country.

Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) PTCL, while speaking at the occasion said, “PTCL firmly believes in the capacity building of youth and play an active role in accelerating the economic progress of the country. This program shall empower Pakistani youth to seek better and brighter future for themselves.”

“We are also creating an alumni network for all the graduating batches of Triple~E, so that we stay connected with them, to see them growing in their careers and share updates about PTCL’s business operations, culture and matching job opportunities for them emerging in the future,” added Mazhar Hussain.

This year’s training included 198 learning sessions comprising of functional and soft skill trainings, nearly 600 individual live projects, more than 200 job rotations as well as regular feedback and career counseling sessions.

Owing to the high quality of talent groomed, PTCL has already offered a healthy percentage of the top performers an opportunity to work as full-time employees with PTCL. So far nearly 200 interns have secured employment during and after the completion of their internship tenure.

The third batch of Triple~E interns has also been selected from thousands of applications received and interviews undertaken across the country. The initiative reflects PTCL’s commitment towards corporate responsibility initiatives and vision of developing the youth.

Pak delegation visits Huawei’s Beijing office

ISLAMABAD (PR): The speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan along with 15 members of National Assembly made an official visit to Beijing, towards the end of January 2015, where the delegation also visited Huawei’s Beijing office.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and his 15-member delegation, accompanied by the Foreign Affairs officer of the China National People's Congress - Wang and Huawei’s Senior Vice President - Qu, visited Huawei’s Beijing\Executive Briefing Center (EBC), which is the biggest exhibition center of Huawei.

Pakistan’s Ambassador in China - Masood and Huawei Pakistan PR Manager Mr.Ginger were also present on the occasion.

Sadiq and the delegation observed and experienced the latest products and services offered by Huawei, including; digital home theatres and devices, besides telepresent conference equipment,

 IT infrastructure products and 4G/5G innovations. The delegation took a keen interest in Huawei’s safe city solutions and Devices.

After the visit, a meeting was held between the high-level delegation and the Huawei Management official, where Mr.Qu briefed Mr. Ayaz Sadiq about the ventures and initiatives being undertaken by the Huawei Cooperation and Huawei Pakistan. Later, the participants held further discussions on how to develop a more powerful ICT infrastructure in Pakistan.

Ayaz Sadiq emphasized on the importance of the Safe-City Project, which is very essential for the progress of a developing country like Pakistan. It can greatly help in the administration and management of major cities like; Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. Mr. Sadiq also stated that; This project should be launched at the earliest in Peshawar, to overcome the administrative and security challenges being faced by the cities.

The Safe-City project is being sponsored by China Government and delivered by Huawei Pakistan. It is the first cooperative security-venture, being conducted through a collaboration between China and Pakistan, to address the public safety and security challenges. The Islamabad Safe-City project has been launched since 2014. The visit-site is located in NTC building G6 sector, which is already nearing completion.

Marhaba opens new outlet

LAHORE (PR): Marhaba Laboratories held opening ceremony of their new outlet of Marhaba Health and Beauty care that took place recently. Hakeem Muhmmad Usman was the guest of honor who inaugurated the outlet along with Muhammad Ikram, Abdul Hannan and Chaudhry and Shahid Nazir at Sanam Arcade, Mozang Choongi Ferozpur Road, Lahore.

Marhaba is an institution of oriental medicines based on the conception and vast research of Hakeem Muhammad Usman, which primarily focuses on producing health care and natural dietary supplements in a highly scientific and hygienic manner. They already have two Marhaba Health and Beauty care outlets in Lahore.

ICAP signs MoU with UoL

LAHORE (PR): The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and University of Lahore (UoL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed by Yaqoob Suttar, President ICAP and Dr. Muhammad Saleem Shuja , Rector UoL at University of Lahore new campus in the presence of Chairman UOL, Awais Raoof, VC UOL, Dr. MH Qazi, Vice President and Chairman ETCOM ICAP, Mr Muhammad Maqbool and other officials.  As a result of this collaboration, the graduates of BS (Hons) and Bcom ( Hons) from UoL will have an opportunity to pursue highly recognized Chartered Accountancy qualification.

Under the MOU, these graduates will be able to avail exemptions from eight papers of the CA examinations. Similarly ICAP students who have cleared the respective ICAP subjects will be able to avail exemptions in the mapped subjects of B.Com (Hons) and BS (Hons) Accounting & Finance at UoL.

President ICAP, Mr. Yaqoob Suttar while expressing his views to the audience said that the collaboration would increase the outreach of the partnering institutions and will serve as an endeavor to offer dynamic routes of achievement to our brilliant youth’. He stated that work-integrated learning will provide a ‘vibrant experience to all graduates, who will be well equipped to make a positive contribution towards business, economic and financial sector of the country.’

Dr. Muhammad Saleem Shuja , Rector UoL speaking on the occasion said that ICAP and UOL relationship will lead to an increase in the number of CAs and will bring us at par with countries with well-developed accounting structures. To help increase our economic development we need to produce more professional accountants who can implement good governance, financial efficiency, professional values and ethics in all corporate and public sector decision making.”

RAF organises conference

ISLAMABAD (PR): Speakers have stressed upon the role of research-based evidence to action beyond 2015 in order to build better policies and practices related to maternal and newborn health in Pakistan.

Research and Advocacy Fund for Maternal and Newborn Health (RAF) organised a 2-day conference to share their learnings from more than six years of successful projects in Pakistan, and give profile to issues to determine the way forward beyond 2015. The conference facilitated debates and discussions leading to call for action to support sustainable development goals beyond 2015.

Research and Advocacy Fund is a key component of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s commitment to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and their support to Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) in Pakistan.

The RAF is managed by a consortium led by the British Council with its partners Immpact at the University of Aberdeen, Social Development Direct and RIZ Consulting.