• 20 Apr, 2018
  • Digital Skills, Digital Economy

Project Description

KP IT Board (KPITB) has planned to initiate the program to grant fund for the speedy development of the province’s phenomenal entrepreneurs. The grant funding program would connect the entrepreneurs to KPITB. This would create a relationship of demand and supply as entrepreneurs has ideas but no source of money and KPITB will be granting that money i-e amount of 2 million PKR. Such an opportunity would encourage the local idea developers to come forward and give an impact to their ideas. It’s a project of experiential and intentional process that would allow the teams to explore their own personal growth and self-efficacy to have a greater sense of being able to make a positive difference.

Around the globe, a great percentage of failure is observed in starting-up new business initiatives. These failures are mainly due to the constraint of initial investment, unavailability of free/low cost guidance, un-awareness of market trends and lack of technical expertise. The chance to provide hands–on support in the form of Grant, guidance and information, and to connect startups with strategic resources and to bring creation of innovative and sustainable start-up companies and support their growth and development. To transform the startups idea into a funded project to help incubatees getting fund/grant to innovate, grow and sustain their business.


  • 20 Apr, 2018
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

A large number of students graduate each year from KP universities. However, they are unable to secure jobs due to the lack of the required skills set that are sought by the employers. General market trend shows that companies usually prefer to hire professionally experienced candidates who allure the employer with their skill sets, capabilities and experiences and they are expected to bring returns on investments and add value to organizations, so fresh graduates remain jobless. Under digital skills and digital economy strategy of KPITB, an internship program is proposed to provide an opportunity to IT, CS and ICT graduates of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so that they may develop their professional and technical skills and become capable to earn jobs based on those skills.

This program is also aimed at provision of human resource support to the companies located in KP IT Parks for their business operations and sustainability. Duration of each batch of Internship is 6 months.


  • 16 Oct, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

As the province moves towards a knowledge-intensive economy, the demand for highly-skilled workers such as engineers and medium-skilled workers such as technicians will increase exponentially. KPITB has proactively taken effective step to cater for this huge demand for skilled workforce and has signed an MOU with Chinaccelerator during the KP Investment Roadshow to China in April 2017. The first batch of 23 internees are set to travel to China in the first week of May to commence the 6 months internship program with different IT companies operating under the umbrella of Chinaccelerator.  

Eligibility Criteria:

Degree in electrical/ electronics/ computer software/computer science/computer systems/ tele communication/mechatronics engineering or any other relevant field (at least 16 years of education)

Deadline: 11:00pm on 29th October, 2017

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  • 28 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Early Age Programming initiative is running successfully across 300 Elementary and Secondary Schools in KP. In the advent of the digital era, the orthodox and outdated computer science curriculum being taught at schools has become irrelevant to the rapidly evolving and in-demand digital skills. Digital technology has emerged as the single biggest market disruptor and it has not only changed the way we interact with the world around us but has also redefined literacy and competency required to participate in the society as useful citizens.

As we inch towards digitization, it becomes paramount that we bridge the digital divide across the various socio-economic classes of the society by imparting digital literacy and relevant digital skills. This shift in priority needs to be reflected in the curriculum adopted at public schools in order to stay at par with current trends. Coding and Programming are essential tools of computer science. The emergence of drag and drop computer programming has enabled easier learning for coding languages and kids can learn to code using visual code blocks that represent real programming concepts. This particular concept of block coding forms the very essence of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board’s (KPITB’s) Early Age Programming initiative.

KPITB in collaboration with the Elementary & Secondary Education department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launched the Early Age Programming project in 2017. In the first phase of the project, KPITB successfully trained 3000 students in 60 public schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 14 districts. With an aim to introduce critical and logical thinking in school children through innovative computer programming platforms at an early age, the Early Age Programming initiative enables students to create Programs and Applications rather than being just users. This year, KPITB successfully trained 300 IT teachers from different government schools across 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the early age programming course curriculum and currently 16,000 government school students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are benefiting from this Project. The project has produced remarkable results and the computer literacy and digital skill level of the marginalized students of government schools have improved significantly. The curriculum developed for the Early Age Programming initiative is by far the most advanced in the country, leaving behind the curriculum offered by most of the renowned private schools. It is pertinent to mention that the Early Age Programming initiative falls under the Digital Skills pillar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Digital Strategy. The initiative is well in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and promises to contribute towards the economic uplifting of the country as well as reducing inequalities and improving the quality of education.


  • 28 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

One of the problems we face is that in Pakistan and in KP, we do not have correct and representative statistics of the number of freelancers, their revenue, the type of services they provide - to get a representative estimate of the freelancing industry and to award the 2100 Freelancers trained in our program (the Youth Employment Program), the KPITB announced the KP Freelancers Award. As a result of the application process very meaningful statistics have been collected for the very first time. The KP Freelancers Award was organized in May 2017.


  • 27 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Access, Digital Governance, Digital Skills, Digital Economy

Project Description

KPITB has launched its Durshal (a pushto word for doorstep/gateway) centers all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Durshal centers are envisioned to link communities with the growing opportunities in technological developments. In addition, Durshal centers aim to advance entrepreneurship with a view to promote inclusion, particularly of women and other disadvantaged groups. So far KP IT Board has established Durshals in Mardan, Swabi, Swat and Peshawar while the process has been initiated for remaining 3 locations.Durshal Government Innovation Lab is a platform for launching the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and aims to bring about the much needed technological revolution in the province. Durhsal provides a vital link between the local governments, tech industry, IT entrepreneurs and investors to anchor KP’s digital transformation.

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  • 27 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

As the first building block of KPITB’s Digital Policy for addressing youth employment through the digital economy, “Addressing supply side constraint by building a skilled workforce”, KPITB initiated its flagship program “KP Youth Employment Program (KPYEP)”. Being Pakistan’s first digital skills platform, KPYEP connects youth with training, skills and employment opportunities, using a flexible and adaptive approach to accommodate the rapidly changing demands of the digital economy.

KP Youth Employment Program aims to empower 40,000 un and under employed youth in the province by providing a range of basic, intermediate and advance level skills in IT and linking them with employment opportunities. This will create a larger base of IT workers in the province, who can be tapped as the market develops. The program aims to reduce the industry academia skills gap by providing short courses that enhance employability in a changing economy.

In 2016 Phase 1 of KPYEP commenced and equipped 2100 youth from the province with digital skills of the future, out of which 30% had successfully started earning online through different freelancing platforms. As per the updates of September 14, 2018, a total of 7658 youth had been equipped with different digital skills under phase 2, out of which 5200 had successfully completed their assessments.

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