2nd NCR IT Exellence Awards
NCR has played a leading role in spreading the
cause of Information Technology
From Shamim Ahmed Rizvi, Islamabad
Sep 04 - 10, 2000
The American-based Multinational dealing in
software development, NCR Corporation (National Cash Register) in
Islamabad on Thursday unveiled the details of 2nd NCR IT Excellence
Awards for outstanding IT professionals in different categories in
Pakistan. NCR IT Excellence Awards is a novel concept of recognizing
people in IT industry at national level who have been instrumental in
introducing, promoting and implementing IT in Pakistan.
Established in the city of Dayton, State of Ohio,
U.S.A. in 1884, NCR Corporation today is amongst the leading
Information Technology companies across the globe. NCR has been
operating in Pakistan as a major multinational company since early
1950s. In its commitment to act as a responsible member of the
country's IT community, NCR took the first step to launch IT
Excellence Awards in 1997 as part of Pakistan's Golden Jubilee to
recognize professionals in the Information Technology arena at a
national level. In Pakistan, NCR is a leading IT company providing
complete end-to-end solutions. NCR came into the field of Information
Technology early 80's and since then it has made major progress in the
country and have gained extensive experience in every sphere of IT
business in Pakistan i.e. from Data Warehousing, Major MIS projects to
Networking to extensive software development and project management,
NCR's experience is one of the most diversified in the country.
Announcing the awards scheme Mr. Veqar-ul-Islam,
country manager NCR Pakistan said that NCR has decided to hold this as
an annual event and would recognize and acknowledge the achievements
of IT pioneers of the past and present. The awards being associated
with a company of world repute will go a long way towards increasing
the motivation of outstanding individuals in the field of Information
Technology. This will create a much needed talent pool of outstanding
individuils, which will further promote the cause of Information
Technology in Pakistan. He said the awards were open to Pakistanis
living anywhere provided their invention or gain was Pakistan related.
NCR has called for nominations from individuals for
the 2nd National Recognition Awards 2000 and the period for
consideration is 1987-1995 & 1997-2000. Nomination forms alongwith
details of each category is available at NCR Pakistan web site
www.ncr.com.pk or at NCR offices in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Awards will be given in six different categories as
1. Software Development: aimed
towards recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exceptional
skills in developing a software which is/can be deployed both locally
2. Software Export: This category
focuses on individuals who have been instrumental in increasing the
software exports of the country and have successfully marketed
Pakistan's image as a quality exporter of Software
3. Networking: Focus is on
recognizing individuals who have been involved in
designing/implementing/propagating the Networking concept including
the spread of Internet and other related technologies.
4. IT Pioneer: This recognizes
individuals who have been instrumental in the spread of IT at any
level within the country, be it an organization, community, Ministry
5. IT Educationist: Specifically targeted to
give a boost and motivation to the people who are involved in
nurturing the talent of IT in Pakistan.
6. IT Research & Development: This
category recognizes outstanding individuals who have played a role in
developing new ideas, technology, techniques, products using R&D .
Separate criterias have been set up in each
category as per the requirements of the industry (details available on
NCR Web address or at NCR offices). The categories have been selected
to cover the entire spectrum of IT arena, thus enabling the
specialized effort in each category to stand out and be recognized.
Besides, categories which are specific to Information Technology, an
effort is also made to recognize the services of individuals who have
played an instrumental role in spreading the cause of Information
Technology in any organization or at a Country level. Such individuals
will be recognized in the Category of IT pioneers. This year award
ceremony will primarily focus on two different spans — one from 1987
till 1995 and the other from 1997-2000.
Speaking on the occasion, Veqar-ul-Islam said,
"We hope that all the relevant quarters will join in NCR's
endeavours to recognize professionals in this particular field and
infuse national spirit to the cause of Information Technology.
Continuing our efforts to promote IT in the country, NCR IT Excellence
Awards will go a long way towards promoting the cause of Information
Technology in our country and more importantly encouraging
professionals to develop deeper association with the country, which
recognizes their talents and capabilities in a big way."