Hidaya Institute of Science & Technology
Headquartered in the Silicon Valley, Hidaya Foundation offers a unique Information & Communication Technology Program where students and graduates with limited financial resources are offered hands-on training opportunities to enhance their skills. This training allows them to compete for high paying positions in today’s world-wide competitive IT job market. These hands-on classes are offered by Hidaya Institute of Science & Technology (www.histpk.org), a division of Hidaya Trust (www.hidayatrust.org), Hidaya Foundation’s partner organization in Pakistan.
Students from rural areas, and those who are facing financial difficulties, are supported by stipends for their day-to-day living expenses and two or four month long internships are offered to them on free-tuition basis. Hundreds of students sign up each semester for these highly sought internships.
HIST offers the following classes:
Basic Computer Skills
Under Basic Computer Skills, students from 6th grade and upward are given a basic understanding of hardware and application software, and are prepared for A Plus Certification. Currently, Hidaya has the capacity of training 60 students in each batch. Students are supported with a token amount of stipend to encourage them.
Software Development Training
Under Software Development Training, fresh graduates and unemployed software engineers are provided training opportunities at Hidaya Institute of Science & Technology (HIST), a division of Hidaya Trust, Hidaya Foundation’s partner organization in Pakistan where interns learn advanced concepts of cutting edge web development technologies and work on Hidaya’s internal development projects using Open Source technologies.
Students from rural areas, and those who are facing financial difficulties, are supported by stipend for their day-to-day living expenses. Four months training is offered to them on free-tuition basis. Students coming from a strong financial background do not receive a stipend and pay for their tuition. Currently, Hidaya has the capacity of training 160 software engineers every four months or 480 software engineers each year.
It costs approximately $300 to $500 for a training of 468 class hours (four months) to train an economically weak software engineer who is capable to start his/her freelance software development work or join a software house successfully.
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