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Year 2020

GIK Introduces BS in AI – Partnered by Huawei


GIK introduces BS in AI – Partnered by Huawei, signs agreement with Huawei Pakistan    GIK Institute has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. for collaboration in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Under the agreement, a four-year BS degree in AI, being introduced by GIK from Fall 2020, will be partnered by Huawei. The BS degree program is the first academia-enterprise partnership of its kind in the country. The partnership is a major milestone for collaboration between the Chinese tech giant Huawei; and GIK, the country’s premier institution in engineering and a leader in quality education. Under the partnership, GIK and Huawei have jointly developed the curriculum for BS AI, with particular emphasis on practical skills, for students to gain a global outlook and ample job opportunities. The partnership will also facilitate the learning, research and development of the faculty. Both parties took part in a virtual signing ceremony to mark the launch of their AI degree program. The ceremony was attended by leading figures from both Huawei and GIK, including Mr. Farid Rahman, President GIK Board of Governors and SOPREST, Mr. Shakil Durrani, Executive Director, SOPREST, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, Rector GIK, Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi, Pro-Rector (Academic), Sardar Aminullah Khan, Pro-Rector (Admin. & Finance), Dr. Ahmar Rashid, Dean, Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Dr. Ghulam Abbas, Director, Huawei ICT Academy, Mr. Mark Meng, CEO Huawei Pakistan, and Mr. SpaceLee, Vice President, Huawei Middle East. The online event was broadcasted live on the social media channels of both Huawei Pakistan and GIK, reaching more than 20,000 viewers across both the platforms. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Farid Rehman warmly welcomed the participants and remarked that the partnership provides the next and higher level of collaboration, which will strengthen the mutual cooperation in the field of AI between the two organizations, ultimately leading to economic development in real sector and other important fields of the economy. Reciprocating the sentiment,  Mr. Mark Meng, CEO Huawei Pakistan, shared his thoughts mentioning that Huawei will “share the best AI knowledge with GIK” and that “students will have the opportunity to be linked to the industry. Huawei & GIK have joined hands to make this initiative run successfully.” Mr. Shakil Durrani also commended the efforts of GIK and Huawei, which will go a long way in creation of high tech human resource in Pakistan. Through this agreement, both the organizations aim to benefit from their strengths and share their expertise in the modern discipline of AI. Mr. SpaceLee, said that “AI can be used to improve all major industries, bringing forth the new future. GIK is a pioneer to be partnered with Huawei on such industry-academia cooperation for AI.”  Mr. Jehangir Bashar shared his vision about the program stating that “Huawei has always been one of the top ICT companies in the world, GIK is recognized internationally, it would be a good fit, and thus we have the GIK BS in AI-Partnered by Huawei.” He further averred that with the GIK’s quality education combined with the hands-on experience on Huawei’s cutting edge technology and the exposure to Huawei’s platforms and services, the graduates of the “BS in AI – Partnered by Huawei” degree program shall stand out from the pack of computing graduates in the country and the world at large. Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi informed the participants that online applications for admissions in “BS in AI – Partnered by Huawei” Fall-2020 intake are open. Both sides appreciated the efforts of their respective teams that led to maturity of the agreement.  Click here for details on how to apply for admissions in BS in AI – Partnered by Huawei.   ...
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6th July, 2020

Extension of Partnership Status of GIK’s Huawei ICT Academy


GIK and Huawei are working together to support the regional ICT education, share knowledge, and build a better ICT talent eco-system through the Huawei ICT Academy Program. Based on the performance of the GIK’s Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, China, has extended the partnership status of the GIK’s Academy for another term. It is worth mentioning that recently the GIK’s Huawei Academy was ranked 4th among more than 600 Huawei ICT Academies across the world. Click here for more information.   ...
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3rd April, 2020

GIK Student, Osama Fawad, Selected for NASA’S Space Robotics Challenge (PHASE 2)


Muhammad Osama Fawad, a final year student of the GIK Institute, has qualified for the Space Robotics Challenge (Phase 2), which is organized by NASA under the NASA Centennial Challenges program. Autonomous Rovers, which can be deployed on the Moon and Mars, are to be virtually simulated in Open Robotics Gazebo Simulator and Robot Operating System (ROS). Over the past few years NASA has been trying to make Mars habitable, and in order to do so it requires a lot of sample data from Mars. Such rovers can be used to collect necessary data both from Moon and Mars, and help aid the scientific community to prepare for the challenges that threatens human life outside Earth. NASA is developing a variety of autonomous robots to build the infrastructure before the humans even get there. The algorithms developed in this challenge have the potential to be deployed to actual robots that will be sent to Mars and Moon. Expressing his views, Osama said: “I was fortunate enough to be among the few selected for the challenge and proud to be the only one from Pakistan. GIK has played a major role in shaping who I am today. I am grateful to the faculty members, especially the ones who taught me Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Vision. I really appreciate the valuable cooperation of the GIK Administration and how they went out of their way to facilitate me, which proves the Institute's vision towards innovation. Being a member, and now Captain, of Team Technobolt (GIK Robotics Team) also helped a lot as it introduced me to the world of Robotics at an early stage. Participating in 6 national robotics competitions over the years made me able to take bigger challenges. It is an 18 month program. The qualification round started in January 2020 and ends in August 2020, and the top 25 teams will advance to the next stage of the competition which will have its final in June 2021 in Space Center Houston. The teams that perform well might be invited to the Space Center Houston. NASA will be sharing valuable software packages that are not available publicly, and those valuable packages can be used for software development for other commercial and research purposes as well.   Osama further that: “with the help of multiple Online Nano-degrees (Computer Vision/ Deep Learning/ Robotics Software Engineering/ Robotics/ Deep Reinforcement Learning/ ROS/ Self-Driving Cars) and Online Courses that I am enrolled in, and with the guidance of esteemed faculty members I believe winning is within grasp.” The Rector congratulated Osama on this major achievement of his and wished him the best for the future rounds of the completion. He also appreciated, as was done by Osama himself, the role played by his instructors in his achievement. ...
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7th February, 2020

Rechecking/Re-totaling of Papers


Last date for rechecking/retotalling of Fall 2019 papers is January 17, 2020. Form can be downloaded from the link given below.
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9th January, 2020

Year 2019

Huawei, GIK join hands to launch first undergraduate degree program in Pakistan


GIK and Huawei Technologies Pakistan Pvt. Ltd. signed an MoU to launch the pilot undergraduate degree program for Artificial Intelligence in Pakistan. The program is the first of its kind enterprise-academia partnership and serves as a milestone in an already successful four year-long partnership that started with the establishment of the Huawei ICT Academy at GIK in 2016.  The signing ceremony was attended by the Rector GIK, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, Executive Director, SOPREST, and Senior Member of the Board of Governors of GIK, Mr. Shakil Durrani, Managing Director Huawei EBG Pakistan, Mr. Gao Weijie and other respective members from both organizations. Mr. Bashar and Mr. Durrani appreciated Huawei’s efforts in taking the initiative. They stated that the program carries great potential since an industry-academia collaboration of this scale is the first of its kind. They encouraged building upon this initiative with the aid of cutting edge technologies. MD of Huawei EBG Pakistan, Mr. Gao Weijie reiterated that Huawei would work hard to ensure the success of the program, would continue to contribute to Pakistan’s talent ecosystem and help by bringing the latest technologies to the country.  The Artificial Intelligence degree program is expected to be launched in August of 2020. Huawei will be sharing its AI research and achievements with the faculty and students of GIK for them to benefit from the latest technologies to improve the value of academic education. With the success of the degree program in Artificial Intelligence, Huawei and GIK look forward to future cooperation in the fields of intelligent computing and cloud computing and so on. Through such programs, Huawei and GIK shall support the regional information and communication technology education, share knowledge and create more opportunities. ...
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26th December, 2019

An FCSE Student represents GIK in China as Huawei’s Seed for the Future


This year, for Huawei's 5th Seeds for the Future program, Higher Education Commission shortlisted 10 students from all provinces who were pursuing their undergraduate degree in Computer Science or related field. Maria Gulzar, a final year Computer Engineering Student was chosen from GIK to take part in this two-weeks program in China. Over the course of the program, the students visited Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen where classes on 5G technologies, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence were given followed by cultural exchanges and diversity celebration events. The program is designed to invite young ICT talent for an international exposure to work with Huawei officials and understand the importance of a fully connected world through technological resources. The program equips student with the resources to utilise the latest technologies and work towards global connectivity through breakthroughs in the telecommunications industry.   The opening and closing ceremonies were attended by several federal ministers of Pakistan including Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Mr. Khusro Bakhtiyar, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Mr. Charles Yang, Vice President Huawei and Mr. Javed Afridi, entrepreneur and CEO Haier Pakistan. ...
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4th November, 2019

Huawei and GIK Agree to Build a Better AI Talent Ecosystem


Mr. Wangxuesong, Head of Services and Trainings, Huawei Pakistan, called upon the Rector, GIK Institute, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, to discuss strengthening of collaborations between the two organizations. Dr. Ghulam Abbas, Director Huawei ICT Academy, GIK Institute, Dr. Raja Hashim, Assistant Professor, GIK Institute, Mr. Syed Bilal Qasim and Ms. Ding Lan of Huawei’s ICT Talent Ecosystem Development Unit, and Mr. Saqib Shafiq, Technical Service Director, Huawei Enterprise Business, were also present. GIK and Huawei are currently working together to bridge the ICT knowledge and skills gap through the Huawei ICT Academy established at GIK. The academy offers the students of GIK an opportunity to learn the latest industrial technologies and become Huawei certified in support of their subsequent careers in the ICT industry. The Huawei ICT Academy Program spans more than 600 universities in over 50 countries across the world. Recently, Huawei has conducted a worldwide ranking of academies and has announced top ten Huawei Academies and top ten Huawei Academy Instructors. The Huawei ICT Academy at GIK has been ranked 4th among all academies globally. In the meeting, Mr. Jehangir Bashar urged the need to expand the Wi-Fi blanket at the Institute in collaboration with Huawei. Directives were issued to the concerned departments of both the organizations to make rapid progress in this direction. Mr. Wangxuesong and Mr. Jehangir Bashar also agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for working together to develop a completely new model for Artificial Intelligence education to foster the growth of the AI talent in Pakistan. Later, Huawei conducted an ICT Competition Roadshow at the Institute and interacted with students.   ...
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23rd September, 2019

GIK Institute Ranked 24th in the World on Quality Education Related to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


  The Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology was ranked number 24 out of 457 universities across the world (top position amongst all Pakistani universities) on Quality Education[i] by Times Higher Education[ii] (THE) under the University Impact Ranking in relation to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The GIK Institute ranked 201–300 in the overall THE University Impact Ranking 2019[iii] worldwide and is amongst the top 3 universities in Pakistan on the same ranking.   Quality Education is one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). This SDG ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. For the past 25 years, the mission of the GIK Institute has been to impart quality education and develop leaders with the skills necessary to respond to socio-economic challenges. The collective efforts of its founders, management, faculty and alumni have proven fruitful since the Institute has outcompeted many renowned international universities.    A number of criteria[iv] were considered to measure GIK’s strength in providing quality education. The Times Higher Education evaluated the University’s commitment to inclusive education and focus on lifelong learning opportunities to people who are not directly members of the GIK. The Institute, indeed, engages in a number of educational outreach activities with the local community of Topi and offers free access to its library to the general public. It has also remained persistent in awarding scholarships to deserving students from low-income families, enabling many to become the first in their families to pursue higher education.   As a developing country with exponential growth in population, Pakistan faces the challenge of educating an ever-increasing number of youth. Instead of restricting access to its educational resources, GIK has created an environment that makes it easy for the public to learn from the professionals it employs and graduates it produces. The outlook of the Institute towards transferring scientific knowledge without discrimination appears to be in line with a recent report by the World Bank and Elsevier[v] (South Asia: Challenges and benefits of research collaboration in a diverse region) and the UN’s target to encourage more students to enroll in technical, engineering and scientific programmes in developing countries.   The GIK Institute endeavours to have a greater impact on its community in the years to come. Easy access to educational resources and applied research produced by GIK faculty and students is intended to help communities find simple solutions to complex social, environmental and economic problems. [i] https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2019/quality-education#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined [ii] https://www.timeshighereducation.com [iii] https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2019/overall#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined [iv] https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/impact-rankings-2019-methodology-quality-education [v] http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/735021553593295199/pdf/South-Asia-Challenges-and-Benefits-of-Research-Collaboration-in-a-Diverse-Region.pdf   ...
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13th June, 2019

GIK Receives International Recognition from Huawei


GIK Institute, and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are working together to bridge the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge and skills gap through the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) Program. Click here for more information about the HAINA Program at GIK Institute (HAINA@GIK). The HAINA Program spans more than 600 universities in over 50 countries across the world to foster the ICT talent ecosystem by offering hands-on trainings to students on Huawei’s cutting-edge technologies. Recently, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has conducted a worldwide ranking of HAINAs and has announced Top Ten Huawei Academies and Top Ten Huawei Academy Instructors in 2018. The HAINA@GIK has been ranked 4th among more than 600 HIANAs globally. A complete list of awardees is attached. Engr. Usman Raza, Research Associate, FCSE, and HAINA Instructor, GIK Institute, received the award at Huawei Headquarters, Shenzhen, China on May 26, 2019.   ...
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12th June, 2019

Team Foxtrot All Set for IMechE UAS Challenge 2019


Team Foxtrot from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Pakistan, is a part of IMechE GIK Chapter and was founded in September 2018 by a group of bright and talented students who won the Design Build Fly Competition 2018, conducted by Higher Education Commission. The team is managed solely by students, overlooking the aspects of manufacturing and design, as well as media engagement and management. On 16th June 2019, Team Foxtrot shall be participating in the IMechE UAS Challenge, which will be held in Llanbedr, Wales. This will be for the first time that a team from GIKI will be participating in this competition. IMechE UAS Challenge is a unique competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and fly an autonomous aircraft, which can drop off humanitarian aid packages to certain marked zones in the airfield. The challenge itself will present a hypothetical situation where the team has to drop payloads with precision to those areas that are inaccessible, owing to any infrastructure hindrance or natural disaster. Its focus is simple; to inspire the young minds to push the boundaries of design innovation and aircraft automation to a greater level. Wishing the Best of Luck to Team Foxtrot! ...
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12th June, 2019

National Polytechnic University (IPN) of Mexico and GIK Sign Agreement of Cooperation


Earlier this week, the General Director of National Polytechnic University (IPN) (Mexico), Mr. Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas, and the Rector of the GIK Institute, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, signed an agreement of cooperation to establish a legal framework for partnership between the institutes. The agreement will make it easier for students and faculty to carry out academic cooperation activities. Specifically, the five-year agreement will enable: Exchange of students, researchers and professors Development of joint research projects Exchange of information, documentation and educational and scientific publications Joint organization of conferences, seminars and symposiums Co-supervision of theses Joint participation in master and doctoral programs Any other modality agreed upon by the two universities International partnerships between universities are becoming increasingly more beneficial for students, researchers and teachers. One of the benefits of an academic partnership is that it can help exchange ideas and information for the advancement of research. The signing of a cooperation agreement between the GIK Institute and the IPN is expected to strengthen the quality of academic programs and research at both the institutes. In the present year, the IPN ranks 651-700 on the QS World University Rankings, 219th in Engineering and Technology on the QS World University Subject Rankings and 3rd on the QS Mexico University Rankings. IPN’s collaboration with Pakistan’s number one private-sector engineering university, the GIK, is an encouraging step towards progress in engineering and management research in Mexico and Pakistan. The agreement will open doors for students and faculty to work with a broader network of scientists and engineers while also creating opportunities for cultural exchanges. ...
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12th June, 2019

Successful Conclusion of WRE 2018: A Commemoration


1st International Workshop on Functional Reverse Engineering (WRE 2018) was organized at GIK on 12-13 January, 2019. The workshop was technically co-sponsored by IEEE (USA) and IMechE (UK). Proceedings of the workshop are to be published by CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group, USA) as “Computers in Engineering Design and Manufacturing” book series. Professor Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony on 12th January 2019, and Mr. Kamran Khan Bangash, Special Advisor to the Chief Minister on Science and Technology, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony on 13th January, 2019.  A large number of national and international scientists, invited speakers and practitioners attended the workshop. There were two keynote talks and eight parallel technical sessions including eight invited talks and fourteen chapter presentations. Among the prominent speakers at WRE 2018 were: Prof. Dr. Abbas K. Zaidi, George Mason University, USA, Prof.  Dr. Javed I. Khan, Kent University, USA, Dr. Adeel Khalid, Kennesaw State University, USA, Dr. Edward Huang, George Mason University, USA, Prof. Dr. Duc Pham OBE, University of Birmingham, UK, Dr. Saadi Boudjit, University of Paris 13, France, Dr. Volkan Esat, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, Dr. Jianqiang Huo, Dr. Chen Zhang, Dr. Xiaoping Wang, and Dr. Linchao Sun, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Prof. Dr. B. S. Chowdary, Mehran UET, Pakistan, Dr. Zahid Halim and Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin, GIK Institute, Pakistan, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid, COMSATS University, Pakistan. Addressing the congregations, Professor Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi, Pro-Rector (Academic), GIK Institute, said that Pakistan relies on the import of CNC machinery, which results in prohibitive cost. Therefore, reverse engineering and enterprises of reverse engineering gain more importance. He added that the objectives of the workshop are to develop indigenous expertise in functional reverse engineering and to foster an implementable model for enterprise of reverse engineering at GIK for promoting enterprises of reverse engineering in KP. The Special Advisor to CM on Science and Technology, Mr. Kamran Khan Bangash, proposed that such gatherings for youths of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa especially, and the county in general, should be held frequently. Both the Chief Guests and Professor Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi congratulated the untiring efforts of the Workshop General Chair, Professor Dr. Wasim A. Khan and his team, including Dr. Ghulam Abbas, Dr. Khalid Rehman and Dr. Ghulam Hussain, on successful conduction of the International Workshop.  The workshop photographs are available here. ...
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22nd January, 2019

Year 2018

Pakistan Post Commemorates Silver Jubilee of GIK Institute


Pakistan Post has commemorated Silver Jubilee Year (1993-2018) of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology by issuing a Commemorative Stamp of Rs.8 denomination on 24th December, 2018 on approval of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.  First Day of Issue Cover (FDC) and a Leaflet were also issued on the same day. FDC contains special cancellation mark of the date of issue on it. The Leaflet explains the Genesis, Aims and Objective of the Institute, and the constitution of the Board of Governors consisting of eminent Scientists, Scholars, Engineers and functionaries of the Government. Issue of Commemorative Postage stamp is a recognition of the role which the Institute plays in producing professionals with a strong base of engineering education and research capable of upgrading existing technological activities in the country. The Commemorative Stamp, FDC and Leaflet are available for sale at all the GPOs and important Post Offices of the country from the same date. ...
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25th December, 2018

GIKI signs MoU with SECP


The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at its Islamabad office. According to MoU, SECP will enhance awareness and education among current and potential investors of the capital market, including non-banking finance sector companies and the corporate sector ensuring a trajectory of learning from basic financial literacy to financial capability. SECP will educate enrolled students and participants of Shed GIK Incubator in this regard. Moreover, SECP will conduct investor’s education seminars for the enrolled students and trainer programs for faculty members of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pro Rector Admin and Finance Mr. Ahsan Basir Sheikh and Investor Education Department Commissioner, Mr Shaukat Hussain signed the MoU. Director Incubation GIKI  Abdullah Soomro was also accompanying the Pro Rector (Admin & Finance). ...
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9th November, 2018

GIK student, Usman Iftikhar gets Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award


Usman Iftikhar, a graduate of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology has won the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year Award, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for young achievers. At present, Mr. Usman lives in Australia and is pursuing his PhD at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Engr. Jehangir Bashar, Rector GIK Institute said that since establishment of the Institute in 1993, it has produced brilliant students who are well known across the world for their innovation and entrepreneurial ideas.  “We are proud of their contributions, result-oriented business ideas and innovation outlook,” he said. “The Institute has always extended its full support to its students to achieve  their dreams.” Usman graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2010.  He is co-founder   of Catalysr, a business incubator, which helps the migrants and refugees to develop their own business plans to earn their livelihood with dignity and honour, and to make money using the skills they already have.  Eighteen months after launching the program, he has been awarded the Commonwealth’s highest honor for young achievers. He was presented with the prize by Prince Harry at London’s QE2 Centre.  Dozens of budding entrepreneurs - or 'migranpreneurs' as Mr Iftikhar calls them - have gone through the program. “We have been running for only 18 months, but so far we’ve helped 66 people,” he said. “They range all the way from an Egyptian food truck, to someone who is trying to print 3D diamonds. We don’t tell people what to do. We find a problem they’re trying to fix through their business, then help them with mentoring and capital to help it become a reality.” The 27-year-old said many people who were newly settled in Australia hadn't considered starting their own business. A lot of migrants and refugees who come to Australia can’t get into employment for various reasons, including cultural and language barriers. We help them to seek an alternative solution to employment which is entrepreneurship,” he said. Iftikhar was a delegate at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, a part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in London, April 16th -20th 2018.   ...
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4th May, 2018

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