Shaukat Aziz said, "information technology has
opened up vast new avenues for developing countries such as Pakistan
to use the creativity of its young through education and training and
to make fuller use of their talent for national development.
Initiatives like the NCR IT Excellence Awards will go a long way to
motivate different segments of the society to perform well in this
Earlier in his opening statement, NCR Country
General Manager, Syed Veqar ul Islam said, "the NCR IT Excellence
Awards have now become a symbol of prestige and great motivation for
the outstanding individuals of the country. We are delighted to bring
this recognition of achievement in IT in Pakistan, and we hope the
awards will enhance Pakistan's role in this important field." He
emphasized that today we are living in an information economy, where
data is important. He also thanked all the judges and A. F. Fergusons
for doing an outstanding job in conducting the entire ceremony.
Highlights of the event were live performances by
Aamir Zaki and Hadiqa Kiani's newly formed band "Rough Cut".
The grand finale of the evening paid tribute to one of the great
legends of Pakistan's music industry, Noor Jehan by Zile Huma.
The period for nomination for the awards was August
2001 to July 2002. The nominations were judged on predefined criteria
for each category according to the requirements of the industry. The
categories were selected to cover the entire spectrum of the IT
Following are the details of the award winners in nine
1. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT:
The award for the Software Development went to Mr. Tayyab Ranta for
his exceptional development work for a Cellular Billing Application
Solution that has been implemented in Pakistan. This billing
application software has been implemented in two out of four cellular
companies in Pakistan. Mr Tayyab Ranta is currently working as
Director of IT for Computer Research (Pvt.) Ltd.
winner of this year's IT Excellence Award for Networking is Syed Ahmer
Ghazi. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant in Sysnet
Pakistan (Pvt.) He was recognized for his most recent achievement,
design and implementation of PTCL's Pakistan Internet Exchange
network, which is one of the largest data network in Pakistan. This
project has been very successful and has been instrumental in
promoting the growth of the Internet in Pakistan.
3. IT EDUCATION:
his contribution in the field of IT Education, Prof. Dr. S. M. Aqil
Burney has been awarded the NCR IT Excellence Award 2002. He is
currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science,
University of Karachi. The winner of this award has led a
distinguished career in IT education, and has made significant
contributions to the same field. He has been instrumental in spreading
IT education at all levels in Pakistan.
4. IT YOUTH:
Afsah Shafquat has created three world records, one of which was
recently broken by her own sister. The records are 1. World's Youngest
Sun Certified Java Programmer, 2. World's Youngest Sun Certified Web
Component Developer and 3. World's Youngest IBM Certified
Object-Oriented Analyst & Designer. Currently, she is working as
Operation Badar's teaching assistant at Sir Syed University and also
as a Developer, Analyst & Designer in BadarSoft. She is just
thirteen years of age.
IT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: In
recognition of his valuable contributions towards research and
development in general and for designing and developing several IT
security products, Colonel Dr. Ashraf Masood has been awarded the NCR
IT Excellence Award 2002 for IT Research and Development. He developed
high-speed data links, virtual private network security gateways, HF
and VHF radio security devices and PC-based secure messaging system.
6. SOFTWARE EXPORT:
S.M Bilal Ahsan has been awarded the NCR IT Excellence Award 2002 in
the Software Export Category. Not only is this young man technically
adept, his excellent communications skills have enabled him to win
valuable clients outside Pakistan. One of his noteworthy contributions
includes the successful development and deployment of a decision
processing system for a British concern, known as the 'Knowledge
7. IT PIONEER:
year's IT Pioneer Award winner is Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi who has not
only pioneered the concept of IT Venture Capital in Pakistan, but also
carried out a comprehensive survey on IT talent hunt in the country.
He has been involved in IT education, launched the country's first
net-based NGO called Net-NGO.com, which is serving the cause of the
disabled through a non-profit organization. He launched the first
web-based magazine called PakistanBankersDigest.com. He is currently
heading the Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company.
8. IT PUBLICATION:
The recipient of IT Publication award winner is Professor Dr Bhawani
Shankar Chowdhry who is the main author of three excellent books and
the only known professor with several books to his credit covering
hardware and software in the Urdu language. Each publication
highlighted the need, use and application of current technological
issues. The best thing about his books is that they are affordable for
9. LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
recipient of IT Life Achievement award winner is Dr. A, Sattar who has
made a significant contribution and played an effective positive role
in the promotion of computerization in public sector organizations,
training of government sector employees of various categories
(including the highest level), evolution of computer-related
curriculum and training programmes for over 20 years, as the director
and later director general of the Pakistan Computer Bureau.
A panel of judges selected for their expertise,
experience and acumen assessed the nominees for nine categories of the
IT Awards. The panel of judges included a mix of educators, industry
leaders and journalists from the private sector and government.
The judges were Dr. Hilal Qureshi, dean, National
University; Mr. Aslam Hayat, GM Computers, PTCL; Mr. Wahaj us Siraj,
chief executive officer, Micronet Broadband; Mr. Ayaz Ghaznavi, chief
editor, ComputerWorld; Mr. Tariq Rashid, chief information officer,
Mobilink; Mr. Jamshed Masood, Telecommunications Consultant; Mr. Tariq
Mahmood Jadoon, assistant professor, LUMS; Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Memon,
chairman of CSP and CEO Kalsoft Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Munawar B. Ahmad,
president of CSP and managing director of Sui Southern Gas. The NCR IT
Excellence Awards 2001 process was verified by A.F. Ferguson &
Co.; Chartered Accountants, member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
ALLIANZ EFU OUTPATIENT CARE
Managing day- to - day outpatient medical expenses
of employees and their families is a challenge that has eluded
companies. These expenses have typically been rising steadily and
companies have not been able to implement any effective measures to
control this escalating cost.
Fortunately, Allianz EFU now introduces, for the
first time in Pakistan, an insured Outpatient Care product. Outpatient
Care product is designed to provide quality healthcare at an
affordable price. Allianz has developed a network of nearly 100
participating Family Physicians in Karachi and Lahore who have been
carefully selected based upon their qualifications and experience in
early diagnosis and effective treatment of illnesses.
Allianz EFU Outpatient Care highlights:
• High limits per insured member
• Low premiums as a percentage of limit
• Access to accredited Family Physicians
• Medical records maintained by Family Physicians
• Over-the-counter medicines limit
• Hospital emergency room treatment
• Co-payments to keep premium at affordable level
Allianz EFU Outpatient Care product and network
have been developed after extensive research and feedback from leading
Healthcare Providers, Physicians, Human Resource Managers and
Insurance Analysts. The specially trained Family Physicians are
qualified to treat common medical conditions and have easy access to
an extensive database to refer you to a Specialist Consultant should
the need arise.
COUNTRIES FIRST CEMENT PLANT STARTS EXPORT
Lucky Cement, which is the largest depreciated
plant in NWFP near to Afghan Border, has started cement exports to
Afghanistan by road. It is the first COAL fired dry processing unit
running on 100% capacity and have its self-generating 5 MW power plant
selling energy to nearby industry in the Province.
It is already supplying cement to
Peshawar/Islamabad Motorway project.
Due to its better quality and low cost of
production, it also has established 35% share in NWFP cement consumers
and sales. A great step taken by government to allow the banks for
House Building Financing will boost cement industry in the country.
Export of cement will fetch foreign exchange and
will have a great positive impact on Pakistan Economy in the days to
VICE PRESIDENT ASIA, MIDDLE EAST & FAR EAST —
SWISS WORLDCARGO VISITS KARACHI
Mr. Carl Schelfhaut, Vice President Asia, Middle
East & Far East, Swiss WorldCargo recently visited Karachi.
During his short visit he met some of the top
leading cargo agents and expressed his thanks for the good
co-operation extended to Swiss WorldCargo in Pakistan. At the lunch
hosted by Air Cargo Agents Association of Pakistan (ACAAP) a shield
was presented to Mr. Carl Schelfhaut and Mr. Ghulam Ansari, Cargo
Manager Pakistan, Swiss WorldCargo for their contribution towards
promoting export out of Pakistan.
While addressing the invitees at a dinner hosted by
Mr. M. I. Akbar, Chairman, GSA for Swiss WorldCargo in Pakistan, Mr.
Schelfhaut showed interest on the potential and opportunities
available Ex-Pakistan for freight industry. He also assured the cargo
agents that the Swiss WorldCargo management would look into enhancing
the capacity from Karachi station. In his concluding remarks, he
expressed his thanks and gratitude for the wonderful hospitality
extended to him.
PRIME COMMERCIAL BANK JOINS MNET
Muslim Commercial Bank and Prime Commercial Bank
signed an (MoU) Memorandum of Understanding creating a mutually
beneficial alliance which will enable Customers of Prime Commercial
Bank to use ATM facilities offered by Muslim Commercial Bank and other
MNET partner banks.
MoU singed in a simple ceremony at MCB Principal
Office, Karachi. Mr. Mohammed Aftab Manzoor, President MCB and Mr.
Saeed Iqbal Chaudhry, President Prime Commercial Bank singed the MoU
on behalf of their respective organizations.