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|Type||International NGO; registered with Directorate of Social Welfare, government of Sindh, Pakistan; vide DSW (582)-K under the registration and control ordinance, XLVI of 1961|
|Focus||Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Education, Healthcare, poverty, International development, Regional development|
|Key people||Dr. Qamar Un Nisa, President
Aftab M. Khan, Chairman & Senior Vice President
Shahab A. Khan, CEO
Arif S. Khan, VP ICT4D & Chief Information Officer
|Slogan||Bringing Technology To The People, Building Technology Based Communities, Technology For the People and Run By the People|
The Association of Planning Professionals for Social Welfare Works (PLANWEL), is an independent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based, non-profit NGO. PLANWEL was established in 1990 by a group of technocrats, educationist and professionals.
The members of the Board of Management of PLANWEL are a group of professionals belonging to various fields of, software development, telecommunications, engineering, design, architecture, city and regional planning, management, accounting economics etc. PLANWEL is assisting underdeveloped and developing countries in providing quality educational services by setting up training centers in information technology and building of data bases for the government, industry, trade and commerce, which helps bring needed socioeconomic changes. It is merely a direct enactment of the ethical commitment of professionals towards the quality of life for the unserved and underserved regions of the world under the changing scenario of Digital World.
PLANWEL originated and implemented the concept of "Technology-Based Communities" and "Technology-Based Community Centers/Points of Presence (PoP)", by utilizing technology and cyberinfrastructure for the delivery of elearning, telehealth, ecommerce and egovernment for unserved and underserved areas of the world. PLANWEL has also supported several Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) activities in the South Asia region. A recent development in US National Broadband Plan reflects similarities to the PLANWEL's "Technology-Based Community". PLANWEL has been a catalyst in the global Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and has been regularly cited for its concept.
PLANWEL is the oldest computer based testing site in Pakistan and is a member of the UNESCAP regional Network of telecentres. PLANWEL is internationally networked with major organizations and donor agencies.
PLANWEL is internationally affiliated with many organizations, such as:
- Cisco Network Academy (site ID 3068736 and connection ID 55637)
- Prometric, USA (site ID PK9)
- Pearson VUE (site ID 57288)
- Educational Testing Service (ETS) partner ToEFL/ETS iBT (site ID ITPK9a)
- SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test & Scholastic Assessment Test)(site ID 74743)
- Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) (site ID 140000058)
- Call Center Industry Advisory Council (CIAC), & Kryterion (site ID 57288)
- IC3 (certification) through Certiport, Inc. (site ID 90024116 )
- Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) virtual campus (virtual campus code SKHI31)
- Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) Pakistan
- Pakistan Computer Bureau Pakistan
- Skill Development Council, Government of Pakistan
- American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC)
- Utah State University
- Delegation of European Union to Pakistan Asia City Project
- UN. (2000, November). Report on the United Nations / Malaysia Workshop on Bridging the Digital Divide: Space Technology Solutions.” Conference 20 -24 PLANWEL citation retrieved November 2000. Page 09 item 41
- ENRAP. (June 2000). Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia/Pacific Region. Establishment of Regional POP's (Point of Presence) for Socio-Economic Changes through Distance Learning.
- Stockholm Challenge. (January 2000). TechNology Based Community Centers - Establishment Of Regional PoP's (Point Of Presence) For Socio-EcoNomic Changes Through Distance Learning.
- Arif Khan, HEC. (December 2006). Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. HEC brings shoulder surgery live to classrooms. and streaming video archive
- Broadband.gov. (April, 2010). National Broadband Plan, connecting America.
- USAID. (April 1999). United States Agency for International Development, Washington State University, The University of Jordan. A Guide to Improve Higher Education Partnerships for Economic and Social Development, Proceedings of the USAID University Development Linkage Programs Higher Education Conference for Asia Near East, Russia and Northern Africa. A Working Conference in Amman, Jordan April 18-20, 1999. PLANWEL citation retrieved April 1999. Annex-1 Page 3.
- Keith W. Baker. (July 2002). Miami University, Farmer School of Business. E-Technology and Emerging Economies – Digital Divide. PLANWEL citation retrieved July 2002. Page Section H. Education View.
- DFID. (November 2000). UK Department of International Development. DFID / DGIS ICT Newsletter. PLANWEL citation retrieved November 2000. Section ICTs in Agriculture,Education,Transport …… Paragraph 3
- UNESCAP. (December 2007). United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Report of Consultative Meeting for the Establishment of Regional Knowledge Network of Telecentres in Asia-Pacific 27-28 September 2007 Bangkok United Nations Development Account Project on Knowledge Networks through ICT Access Points for Disadvantage Communities. PLANWEL citation retrieved December 2007. Page 40
- ICNRD, UN. (January 2008). International Conference on New or Restored Democracies. Directory of Development Organizations, Guide to International Organizations, Governments, Private Sector Development Agencies, Civil Society, Universities, Grantmakers, Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Development Consulting Firms. PLANWEL citation retrieved January 2008. Page 25.
- ICNRD, UN. (January 2010). International Conference on New or Restored Democracies. Directory of Development Organizations, Guide to International Organizations, Governments, Private Sector Development Agencies, Civil Society, Universities, Grantmakers, Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Development Consulting Firms. PLANWEL citation retrieved January 2010. Page 28.
- ITU. (August 2005). International Telecommunications Union. List of Accredited Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations for the World Summit on the Information Society. and http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs2/pc2/off10.pdf PLANWEL citation retrieved December 2005. Page 18.
- World Bank. (July 2002). Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) Action Summit Report, Kuala Lumpur. PLANWEL citation retrieved July 2002. Sections: (Access Theme Action Item # 5, # 7), (Governance Action Item # 2), (Cross-Cutting Theme Sharing Local Knowledge Action Item # 2), (Corporate Initiatives Action Item # 1).
- Knight-Moore. (December 2000). VITU-SIIT Feasibility Study: Annex C, List of Institutions Visited and Persons Interviewed. PLANWEL citation retrieved December 2000. Section: Academic Institutions.
- UNDP. (December 2000). United Nations Development Program. Feasibility Study for the Pakistan Virtual Information Technology University and the South Institute of Information Technology. PLANWEL citation retrieved December 2000. Annex C Section: Academic Institutions.
- PLANWEL official site
- Pakistan Library Network
- LIBweb - Directory of library servers in 146 countries via www. PLANWEL is mirroring this database of world libraries maintained by Lib-Web.org