A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the University of Gwadar (UG) and Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan in Islamabad to promote the digiskills program in Balochistan.

Vice-Chancellor University of Gwadar EMER Prof Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir and Director VU Dr Arshad Saleem Bhatti signed the MoU. The Digiskills project for South Balochistan includes two more universities, the University of Turbat (UoT) and University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar (BUETK).

At the ceremony, the Honorable Vice Chancellors signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU is to ensure cooperation between the two institutions to promote the Digiskills program for Balochistan students in the province.

Virtual University will set up a computer lab of 100 computers at Gwadar University. Gwadar University will facilitate the youth of Gwadar to learn the techniques required to participate in the program and participate in online business development opportunities.
On the occasion, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gwadar Prof Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir appreciated the role of Virtual University in providing quality education across the country.

It is hoped that the MoU will open up opportunities for the youth of Gwadar to learn freelancing, online business and other technical skills through Digiskills courses taught by experts employed by virtual universities. This will be an important step in the development of Gwadar.

University of Turbat Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jan Mohammad, Vice-Chancellor Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar Prof Dr Ehsanullah Khan Kakar, CEO of Ignite Asim Shehryar Hussain, Registrar of University of Gwadar Dolat Khan and other university officials were present on the occasion.

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