In a bid to empower youth with information and communication technology skills to compete in global job market,Uganda Institute for Information and Technology (UICT) is demanding government to release shs66.4 billion to the institute to enable management implement the school 10 years master plan.
The master plan involves expanding its ICT training to various youth country wide and standardize certification of ICT related courses in the country.
Irene Nakiyimba the principal says it’s long overdue despite the mandate the institute to train and empower youth country wide with Information and Communication Technology skills to fit in this cut throat job market.
“we need close to sh 66.4 billion to implement our master plan and increase our training to all youth but the money is taking ages.every year we need close to sh 13 billion but because we operate under Uganda communication commission this money does not come direct hence hindering our operations,”Nakiyimba said.
She made the remark while presiding over the 13th graduation ceremony oN Friday at Nakawa where 420 gradauted with certificate and Diplomas in different disciplines.
UICT was founded in 2000 by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). This was in compliance with the Commission’s mandate; to establish, manage and operate a communication services training center, as spelt out in section 5 (z) of the Uganda Communications Act, 1997.
In line with this Mandate, the assets of the former Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC) Training School, (at Plot 9 –21 Port Bell Road, Nakawa) were invested in UCC, and that is where the Institute is located. UICT is a successor Institute to the UPTC Training School established in 1965 by the then East African Posts and Telecommunications as a regional training center.
Following the enactment of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, the Institute was expected to operate within the provisions of this Act. Accordingly, the National Council for Higher Education advised the Minister of Education and Sports (MoES) to establish UICT as a public tertiary institution. Consequently, MoES issued Statutory Instrument No. 79 in October 2005 establishing UICT as a public tertiary institution.
The management of Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT), a public tertiary Institution, was transferred from the Ministry of Education and Sports to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on November 29, 2007. This followed a Cabinet decision and the subsequent directive from the Prime Minister to the Ministry of Education and Sports to make the transfer.
The Uganda Communications Act 2013 mandates Uganda Communications Commission to operate and manage the Institute. This has been done to enable the Institute to get policy guidance and funding to upgrade the Institute into a Centre of Excellence to the level of internationally renowned ICT Institutions.
The Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) is the only Government institution specializing in skills-based middle-level ICT training. It offers practical-oriented ICT training at certificate and diploma levels as an alternative to the theoretically-grounded degrees offered by Universities and other Tertiary Institutions in this same professional area. The institute provides education and training in all fields related to the communications sector including telecommunications services, computer engineering, and information technology and business management.
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