"I am very pleased to host the Sixth NCR IT
Excellence Awards as this is a novel concept of recognizing people in
IT industry at the national level who have been instrumental in
introducing, promoting and implementing IT in Pakistan. The first
awards of this kind were launched by NCR in 1997 as part of Pakistan's
Golden Jubilee to recognize professionals in the information
technology arena at a national level," said Syed Bader ul Islam,
NCR Managing Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Following are the details of the winners of Sixth
NCR National IT Excellence Awards for the achievements in year
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT WINNER: MAZHAR HASAN — FARE
WHEELS — FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Mazhar Hasan has been judged the winner of the
Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for Software Development category. He
won the award for Fare Wheels, a product of yEvolve (Pvt) Ltd, which
is a complete fleet management product. Fare Wheel has gained an
evident recognition in the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 6th NCR, held in
Hong Kong and the Best of Tourism & Hospitality in P@SHA ICT
Awards 6th NCR.
Two winners were declared by judges
in this category.
WINNER-1: WING COMMANDER MOHAMMAD TAHIR AYOUB
SIDDIQUI — PAF INTRANET AND PAFNET
Wing Commander Mohammad Tahir Ayoub Siddiqui has
been judged the winner of the Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for
Internetworking Category. He has successfully designed and implemented
the Pakistan Air Force intranet named PAFNET, an IP-based data network
providing secured intranet to PAF employees all over Pakistan.
WINNER-2: YASIR ZAFAR ISHAQ ANSARI — DESIGN &
IMPLEMENTATION OF MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT (MRP) AT NADRA
Yasir Zafar Ishaq Ansari has been judged the winner
of the Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for Internetworking Category. He
has successfully integrated and consolidated Machine Readable Passport
(MRP) with NADRA'S Network. He has worked on Project's new
requirements and dimensions from conceptual design stage to fully
IT PROMOTION WINNER: ABDAL SAEED — SPL —
CUSTOMER INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR UTILITIES AT SUI SOUTHERN GAS COMPANY
Abdal Saeed has been judged the winner of the Sixth
NCR IT Excellence Award for IT Promotion Category. He has developed a
pilot project on the basis of SSGC's requirements and later
successfully implemented the SPL Customer Care & Billing system.
His initiative let to future deployments in middle-eastern and
I.T RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT WINNER: AHSAN
ABDULLAH — AGRICULTURE DATA MINER
Ahsan Abdullah has been judged the winner of the
Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for IT Research & Development
Category. He had been highly successful in his research work carried
out in FAST National University, Islamabad which led to an indigenous
data-mining tool, which is being utilized by Department of Pest
Warning, Govt of Punjab.
IT EDUCATION WINNER: DR. NAZIR A. SANGI: OPEN
LEARNING INSTITUTE OF VIRTUAL EDUCATION (OLIVE)
Dr Nazir A. Sangi has been judged the winner of the
Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for IT Education Category. His project
aims at providing online virtual classroom environment to the
students. Video/Audio, Chat, White Board and PowerPoint are some of
the key features of OLIVE. He has led a distinguished career in IT
education, and has made significant contributions to the field of IT.
IT MEDIA & PUBLICATION WINNER: MIRZA MUZAMMIL
BAIG — SOFTWARE LEARNING TOOLS — FALCON-A PROCESSOR
Mirza Muzammil has been judged the winner of the
Sixth NCR IT Excellence Award for IT Media & Publication Category.
He won the award for First Architecture in Learning Computer
Organization and Networks (FALCON). It is a "RlSC-Like"
general purpose processor that has been successfully used as a
teaching aid in various computer architecture courses at a number of
well- known universities.
IT STUDENT WINNER: TASHFEEN SULEMAN — SENUS
STRUCTURE SECURITY SYSTEM
Tashfeen Suleman has been judged the winner of
Sixth NCR IT Excellence Awards for IT Student Category. He has won the
award for developing SenUS, a wireless based structure health
monitoring system for concrete/steel structures such as buildings,
bridges, dams etc. Tashfeen's role in active research and development
has led him to win four international events in the academia as well
IT YOUTH WINNER: ISBAH SHAFQUAT-WORLD RECORD IN IT
Ms. Isbah has been judged the winner of the Sixth
NCR IT Excellence Award for IT Youth Category. She has won the award
on being the world's Youngest Microsoft Certified ASP.Net Developer.
Isbah Shafquat is a 17 years old and has made two world records by
becoming World's youngest Microsoft Certified VB.Net Developer and
World's youngest Microsoft Certified C # Programmer.
SOFTWARE EXPORT WINNER: NETSOL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
— (TOTAL SOFTWARE EXPORTS OF USD 3.2 MILLION FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR
NetSol Technologies Limited, a leading information
technology company in Pakistan has been judged the winner of the Sixth
NCR National IT Excellence Awards 2004 for Highest Software Exporter
category with USD 3.2 million Software Exports for the calendar year
2004. The top software exporters and their export earnings were
verified to confirm the Highest Exporter in this category by reviewing
the related For R's, Proceed Realization Certificates (PRC) issued by
the respective banks, and the cumulative FE-40 Statement as required
by State Bank of Pakistan.
Rahat Kazmi and Nighat Rizvi were comperes of the
evening while the live performances were by Sajeerud-din & Co and
SONERI BANK'S TFC OVERSUBSCRIBED
The public offer of Soneri Bank's subordinated
Tier-2 eligible TFC has been oversubscribed by over two times. The
public offering of Rs200,00 million, received applications of over
Rs400 million from retail and investors in recent history. Soneri
Bank's TFC is the only unsecured subordinated floating rate TFC
receive such heavy level of over subscription. Global Securities
Pakistan Limited were the advisor and arranger for the transaction.
The TFC issue of Rs1.20 billion on comprised of
Pre-IPO placement of one billion rupees and IPO of Rs200 million.
Thirty investors participated in the Pre-IPO offering which was
disbursed in only three weeks from the launch of the transaction and
allow Soneri to use the pre-IPO proceeds for capital adequacy purposes
for the quarter ending March 2005. The eight-year floating rate TFC
issue is priced at 6 month KIBOR plus 1.60 % with no floor or cap and
will be re-priced every six months.
The TFC issue will contribute Soneri Bank's Tier-2
capital requirements and provide the bank with substantial capital to
aggressively pursue the bank's growth plans.