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Year 2019

International Collegiate Programming Contest Asia 2019 held at GIK Institute


The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2019 Asia, Topi, regional was held at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.  Students of universities and colleges from across the country, especially Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, participated in the competition.  It was for the first time that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) got the chance to host such a promising event. About 67 teams had taken part in the contest. The three days contest was organised by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a society of GIK Institute students. Mr. Kamran Bangash, Provincial Minister for IT was chief guest and Dr. M. Ayub Alvi, the Director FAST-NUCES was guest of honour on the occasion. Mr. Sardar Aminullah Khan, Pro-Rector (Admin and Finance) also attended the ceremony. They were very much pleased with the quality of programmers that appeared for the competition. Dr. Khalid Khan, Director DoST also attended the event. DoST will be a strategic partner of GIK to organize such events in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in future Speaking on occasion, Mr Kamran said that the financial problems of universities in the province would be resolved very soon and the government has chalked out a comprehensive strategy for solution. “I have appealed to Prime Minister, Imran Khan that if the government invests in IT field it could help in materializing his vision,” he said. “We want to compete with our arch-rival India in IT field.” Dr. Alvi said that there should be enthusiasm of innovation among the students who should work with complete determination and concentration while keeping in mind the requirements and needs of the country’s industry. Dr. Khawaja Umar Suleman who introduced ICPC in Pakistan said that the countries across the globe have come very close due to revolution in the IT field and now they focus on knowledge-based economy. Dr Masroor Hussain, Director ICPC spoke in detail that how the students should contest at national, regional and international level and how they could reach to participate in the final which is scheduled to be held at Moscow in June 2020. Engr. Iffat Maab, Associate Director ICPC, Engr. Ehtisham Hassan, Coordinator ICPC, Syed Sheraz Ahmad, President of ACM GIK Institute chapter and every member of ICPC also spoke on occasion. This year team “The Spartans”, from FAST-NUCES Karachi, took the stage by storm and became the regional finalists. They would go on to compete in the ‘World Finals’, which is to be staged in Moscow.   FAST-NUCES Islamabad, Punjab University College of Information Technology, FAST-NUCES Karachi got second, third and fourth positions, respectively. These teams will be invited for ICPC Asia West Continent Final for a second chance to go to ICPC World final in Moscow. Mr. Bangash gave away medals, shields and certificates to the winner teams. Mr. Manzoor Ali, Regional Operational Manager MCB gave special gifts to the winning team. Special thanks to the event sponsors PSEB, UWorx, MOIT, KPITB, PaniQ Room and Graana ...
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6th November, 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

GIK Start-ups Win Idea Cup


Two Teams from The Catalyst GIK Incubator Robspire Technologies and Osteokem have won first and Second prize respectively at The Idea Cup Competition held on 17th October at KMU Peshawar.       Idea Cup was organized by Impact Dynamics and KUBIC (KMU-BIC) at KMU, to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in medical field and health. More than 30 teams pitched their ideas, These Ideas were judged by well-known personalities of the Pakistani entrepreneurial ecosystem. Winners were awarded cash prizes, with first team receiving 50000 Rupees, second team receiving 30000 Rupees and Third team Receiving 20000 Rupees. They were also given the opportunity of being incubated at KUBIC. Robspire Technologies, is start up working on robotics and consumer electronics. They pitched their idea of CLEANSE which is an electronic anti-pollution face mask. Unlike other anti-pollution masks, it features a unique sensor technology that analyzes the breathing pattern of its user and provides clean air accordingly. In this way it maintains a flow of air that is exactly synced with the breathing cycle of its user, thus giving a sensation of natural breathing while maintaining air quality.   Osteokym is the first research and development based Biomaterial Start-up Company in Pakistan to produce natural hydroxyapatite with an economical and improved process. The Start-up produces highly pure, single phase hydroxyapatite materials which are used for Medical products of Dental care, bone regeneration and for research purposes. The Rector GIK Institute Congratulated Both the teams on securing top positions at the Idea Cup. ...
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21st October, 2019

GIK Society, Project Topi and Red Crescent organize blood donation camp


Project Topi is known welfare society established by students of Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology organized a one-day blood donation camp at the campus with the help of Red Crescent for donation to needy people. The camp was very successful as Red Crescent collected 206 bottles of blood in the camp. A large number of donors from within the Institute and adjoining areas of Topi participated wholeheartedly in the camp. Project Topi regularly organizes blood donation camp throughout the academic year with the assistance of renowned Pakistani organizations like Red Crescent and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) for the benefit of the public. Owing to its tremendous contributions, the services of Project Topi were recently acknowledged by Red Crescent on the World Blood Donor Day as one of the top donor bodies in Pakistan. Rector of GIK Institute, Mr. Jehangir Bashar appreciated the services of the society and emphasized that blood donation is a very generous act of the blood donors. The blood collected by Project Topi in the donation camp helped in saving many precious lives. GIK Institute recognized the effort made by outstanding services of members of the society, Red Crescent and SKMCH&RC in the Topi area, as it is engaged in welfare activities. Maria Gulzar, President Project Topi also highlighted contribution of society is to humanity. The members of the society are very active and works with close coordination of all concerned and is fully motivated. Project Topi hopes that it would continue its work for all possible contribution to the humanity. ...
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7th October, 2019

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24th September, 2019

Dr. Sajjad Hussain visits Trieste for the Policy & Diplomacy Workshop for Scientists


Dr. Sajjad Hussain (third from right) with other scientists at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy   Dr. Sajjad Hussain, Assistant Professor at GIK’s Faculty of Materials and Chemical Engineering, was selected out of 20 early-career scientists from developing countries to attend a workshop at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. The week-long workshop, ‘Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences’, held from September 9th to 13th, featured theoretical lectures and interactive sessions on:   (a) the work of international organisations in the promotion and control of the science and technology (S&T) and industrial activities in chemical and biochemical sciences, and related regulations imposed by the international treaties (b) the impact of developments in S&T on international security and on the implementation of international treaties (c) science advice and diplomacy (d) the concept of sustainability in industrial and research activities (e) issues related to the multiple uses of science (f) ethics in science and responsible research practices   The organizers, The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), organized the workshop to raise awareness amongst young scientists on the policy and diplomacy aspects of the use of chemicals in different scientific disciplines. Participants, including Dr. Hussain, were given a study tour to research laboratories for the demonstration of safety and emergency response practices. They also participated in discussions to propose ideas to policy makers on issues in science in their respective countries.   ...
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24th September, 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 Start-up Bit Bots Wins ITU Innovation Challenges 2019 in Busan, Republic of Korea


The Catalyst GIK Incubator’s STEAM education based start-up Bit Bots was announced a provisional winner by the ITU Innovation Challenge 2019, and were invited to attend the YILF 2019 (Young ICT Leader’s Forum) in Busan, Republic of Korea. The event was held in Busan from 3rd to 6th of September 2019 and Bit Bots was represented by Rahim Iqbal, Bit Bots was the only start-up from Pakistan attending the event. Bit Bots was announced challenge winner 2019 for Ecosystem Best Practice Challenge. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.  The Young ICT Leaders’ Forum is an annual event organized by ITU and Busan Metropolitan City. It gathers youths worldwide to learn and to share ideas about ICT development and innovations. The 6th edition of the Young ICT leaders 2019 was under the overall theme of “Mind the gap: Sustainability and Impact in Smart Cities”.      For the last 10 months Bit Bots is trying to address the problem of rote education in Pakistan, and are currently incubated at The Catalyst GIK Incubator. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student’s inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking, Bit Bots provides science, technology and robotics based products and services for local market at an affordable price. Members of the Bit Bots concerned with the knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and multithreading technology were given a representation and demontration on parallel processing by Mr. Ahmed Amin; the co-founder of GS RichCopy 360.     Rahim Iqbal who was present in Busan, Republic of Korea said “This event has been a great learning experience for me, I am amazed by the attention and praise my idea received from the foreign community. YILF gave me a new confidence in myself and my idea, I made many new friends and met the change makers from multiple nations. It’s amazing to see how innovative people are trying to make a difference in their countries and are working to make this world a better place for everyone”. The Rector GIK Institute Mr. Jehangir Bashar Congratulated the team on representing the Institute and the country on a global platform. ...
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16th September, 2019

IEEE elevates Dr. Hadeed Ahmed Sher to the grade of Senior Member


    Dr. Hadeed Ahmed Sher, Assistant Professor - Faculty of Electrical Engineering at GIK, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE Senior Membership is an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession. Dr. Hadeed is currently leading two MS and one PhD research work in the field of Photovoltaics System Design and Power Electronics. He has published more than 25 papers in IEEE’s journal, Transactions, other leading scientific periodicals and flagship conferences. ...
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13th September, 2019

Chinese delegates from BTBU visit GIK for possible collaboration


Dr. Di Yuna and Dr. Zhu Zhenrong from the School of Economics at Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) in China visited the GIK Institute this week to explore the possibility of collaborative research and exchange programs between the two universities. The delegation was given a tour of research labs and other facilities at GIK by Dr. Zahid Halim, Dean of Faculty of Computer Sciences & Engineering, and briefed on areas of research that could be of mutual interest to faculty and students at BTBU and GIK. Research areas of interest included Data Science & Economics and Artificial Intelligence. In a meeting with Pro-Rector (Academics), Deans and Head of Departments, the two scholars were given a presentation by Dr. Habibullah Jamal, Acting Pro-Rector (Academics), on the progress made by GIK since its establishment in 1993. GIK’s annual Industrial Open House & Career Fair, recent launching of the Management Science program and other disciplines in engineering, information on ongoing projects with international and national institutions, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities were especially mentioned. GIK’s faculty was also given an introduction on BTBU. Dr. Zhu Zhenrong reminded GIK’s Academic Council about scholarship opportunities such as those offered by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to Chinese as well as foreign students. The scholarship covers tuition fee, accommodation costs and offers a monthly stipend as well. Students may apply for this scholarship independently. Later in a meeting with the Rector of GIK, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, potential starting points to establish collaboration between BTBU and GIK were discussed as following: 1) Mutual exchange of one or two students for a semester 2) Development of a joint research project 3) Exchange of faculty during summer school or for about three weeks The delegates also offered to launch a books section on China at the GIK library. The BTBU itself already has a Pakistan Study Centre that conducts research on advancements in science and technology in light of developments related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The two universities are yet to sign a potential agreement of mutual cooperation.   ...
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6th September, 2019

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