Importance of Computer Education (Information Technology)

Computers are slowly but steadily creeping into our lives. They have completely changed the complexion of our work and leisure. Now architects design our houses with the help of computers. Our pay bills and utility bills are prepared by computers. Today scientists„ doctors, engineers, musicians, accountants. soldiers, businessmen, bankers and almost everybody belonging to any field of life are using them in their day to day work. Even the book we are reading now has been typeset by a computer. We can easily predict that within a few years we will come into contact with this fast and intelligent electronic “brain” in every office, on the way to and from work and in the home.
Computers are now considered the most effective, accurate and comprehensive means of acquiring on any topic. From our computer we can take an aerial tour of Disneyland. We can get information from the British Museum Library or from the Library of Congress in America with the proper equipment. we can sit at our computer and communicate with someone anywhere in the world. We can also use the internet to access vast amount of information including text, graphics, sound and video in any part of the world. With the help of our computers we can send e-mail, receive electronic newsletters and even chat with others on line.
In spite of the fact that information age has set in due to the invention of computers, the situation in Pakistan is not so encouraging. Not only advanced countries like America, Britain and France but also developing countries like India and China have “Computerized” themselves by making everything short and precise through computers saving time, money and energy. But in our country Government has not so far opened institutions where people can get computer education nor has it provided proper jobs to the computer experts. The need of the time is that we should use all our resources to spread computer education in the country. The first step in this direction should be the introduction of computer as a compulsory subject at all levels in schools and colleges.
Computer combines knowledge with pleasure. Play is a natural method of learning about something. Most of the computer programmes are such as teach children different languages and scientific facts through interesting games. By playing these games they learn how to make fantastic graphics, animations and sounds at the touch of a finger. Some programmes are so splendid that they keep kids glued to computers for hours, playing and learning at the same time, The day is not far when computers will replace books becoming the companions and teachers of the generations to come.
In spite of the fact that information age has set in due to the invention of computers, the situation in Pakistan is not so encouraging. Not only advanced countries like USA, Britain and France but also developing countries like India and China have “Computerized” themselves by making everything short and precise through computers saving time, money and energy. But in our country Government has not so far opened institutions where people can get computer education nor has it provided proper jobs to the computer experts. The need of the time is that we should use all our resources to spread computer education in the country. The first step in this direction should be the introduction of computer as a compulsory subject at all levels in schools and colleges.

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