SHAMIM AHMED RIZVI, Bureau Chief, Islamabad
Feb 26 - Mar 04, 2007

"As a result of government policies, the IT and telecom sectors in Pakistan have made phenomenal progress during the last few years."

The seventh NCR and Teradata National IT Excellence Award ceremony was held at the prestigious Convention Centre in Islamabad last week. Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Legari was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away the awards to eight winners for their outstanding performance in different IT-related fields.

According to Mr. Khuram Rahat, Teradata Country Manager for Pakistan and Bangladesh: "I am very pleased to host the seventh NCR and Teradata IT Excellence Awards as this is a novel concept of recognizing people in the 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 in 1997 as part of Pakistan's Golden Jubilee to recognize professionals in the information technology arena at the national level." It was for the first time this year that there were two winners for the lifetime achievement award.

Sardar Awais Ahmed Legari, while appreciating NCR and Teradata for encouraging IT professionals of Pakistan through national awards, observed that the government fully realized the importance of IT and telecom sector in the present era and was focusing full attention on the promotion and expansion of this sector. As a result of government's encouragement and friendly policies, the IT and telecom sectors in Pakistan have made phenomenal progress during the last few years. It has not only attracted billion of dollars in foreign investment, it is all set to earn about a billion US dollars through exports of its software during the current financial year, he added.

The winners of the seventh NCR and Teradata National IT Excellence Awards are:

Software Development — Mr. Rashid Latif
Internetworking — Mr. Hamid Nawaz
IT Software Export — NetSol Technologies Ltd.
IT Promotion — Mr. Mahmood Sharif
IT Research and Development — Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali
IT Education — Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan
IT Media & Publication — Mr. Zubair Kasuri
IT Student — Ms. Ayesha Binte Ashfaq

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award 1: Dr. Mohammad Ayub Alvi
Lifetime Achievement Award 2 - Brig (Retd) Saleem Ahmed Moeen

A special award was presented to Syed Bader-ul-Islam, the outgoing Managing Director, in appreciation for his dedication and commitment for over 25 years to the organisation. Anwar Maqsood and Hina Bayat were the hosts for the evening while Tina Sani gave a stunning live performance.

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