CLF holds landmark celebrations in Sukkur

Lahore (PR): The large grounds and building of the Public School in Sukkur, Sindh, were bustling with the laughter of thousands of children. They came from various schools from within Sukkur, and also from Rohri, Khairpur, Pannu Aqil, Gambat, Shikarpur and the villages near and far, to participate in a unique two-day experience.

The CLF was holding its twenty-fourth celebration in a period of five years in the historical city of Sukkur. Spearheaded and steered by its founder, Dr Baela Raza Jamil, Adviser and Trustee of Idara-e-Talim-o-Aagahi (ITA), who is an education activist and former technical advisor to the Federal Ministry of Education, and co-founder Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director Oxford University Press (OUP), CLFs have been held several times in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, twice in Bahawalpur, and also in Swat, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan and other places.

The CLF in Sukkur was a landmark event, as this was the first time it had the support of the Education & Literacy Department (E&LD), Government of Sindh as a key sponsor, along with the Sindh Reading Program (SRP) and Dubai Cares. The Public School, managed by IBA Sukkur offered its building, its grounds and its support.

After a discussion with the children on the importance of education for girls, a screening of the world-famous documentary film on Malala Yousafzai was also held. Once again, it was depressing to note that an overwhelming number of the children were clueless as to who she is. This brings us to what the CLF founder says about the urgent need to crowd-source funding to keep the CLF going round the year, across Pakistan, and in at least 1,000 schools annually.



UMT grants Rs1b scholarships to underprivileged

LAHORE (PR): University of Management and Technology (UMT) over a period of a decade has granted scholarships worth Rs1 billion to the deserving students belonging to remote areas of the country. At UMT, knowledge is superior to bursary; the recipients of scholarships are equipped to devote themselves towards a learning curve to patronize their passion for Pakistan’s development.

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT has undertaken significant academic initiatives to address key social and economic challenges of this country. Quality teaching and research have considerably expanded with the increasing volume of scholarships for the deserving students who have been admitted in the University to seek knowledge and lead from the front in times coming ahead. Scholarship program is accepting enrollment in all academic disciplines at 13 different schools of UMT including but not limited to business and economics, IT, social sciences, health, engineering and law.

UMT claims its distinction to have successfully completed the journey of ‘general category university’ having 450 plus members of the faculty out of whom 120 are PhD’s and now UMT aims to move to their next phase of strategic plan to go global with establishing an Institute of Knowledge and Leader in Dubai Knowledge Park, UAE and UMT Bureau, Ankara, Turkey. The Nature Index table in its 2016 review has ranked UMT, 4th in terms of scientific research in private sector Universities and providing opportunities to faculty and students. While varsity is coping up with issues of constructing new buildings and infrastructure due to launching new academic programs such as health sciences, the management seems making no compromise on allocating funds and resources for the deserving students hailing from the remote areas of Pakistan.




Telenor Pakistan organises Digital Festival

LAHORE (PR): In a brilliant show of its ceaseless enthusiasm to support and promote digital ecosystem in the country, Telenor Pakistan organized a Digital Fest in Lahore. A celebration of ideas an innovation, the festival brought Telenor’s digital world to life featuring an array of fantastic digital products and solutions the operator has developed during the post-3G era.

The vibrant one-day event kicked off with a media roundtable followed by assisted walkthrough of Digital Products in the engagement zones that offered first-hand experience of Telenor’s futuristic products and solutions. Key highlights of the Digital Fest were Telenor Pakistan’s initiatives that span across various digital domains including mobile applications, IoT products, mobile payment solutions and more. Live demos of engaging mobile applications such as Capture, WowBox and Pocket TV were offered. A holographic mannequin spoke to the visitors about all the things My Telenor App can do. The event also featured Telenor Pakistan’s portfolio of 3G handsets and internet devices designed to enhance digitalecosystem.

Speaking on the occasion, Irfan Wahab Khan, Deputy CEO and CMO Telenor Pakistan, said, “Digital Products and services are transforming businesses, enriching lives and propelling progress across the world. Telenor, through its ambition of empowering societies, is contributing towards making  'digital Pakistan' a reality and today’s launch of digital products will enable digital inclusion for people, create a society with minimal digital divide and unleash multiple entrepreneurship, innovation and creative opportunities. I extend my gratitude to all Telenor Pakistan customers for making us their digital lifestyle partner.”

For Telenor Pakistan, digital transformation is not only about making new products but also improving customer experience over existing channels in which they contact Telenor. That is the reason the Digital Fest also showcased several initiatives – such as Social Care, using social media to provide excellent customer services & solutions online; Digital SSC, an automated machine for performing various activities of GSM and Financial Services without human interaction; Digital IVR, mobile application to facilitate users calling on helpline and My Telenor, one stop solution for all Telenor customers to manage their mobile accounts – in the exhibition.

This is the first time in Pakistan that a telecom company has organized a digital fest showcasing all its initiatives toward enhancement of country’s digital ecosystem. Telenor Pakistan also has many other industry-first digital initiatives to its credit, some of which being IoT (Internet of Things) exhibitions, startup accelerator program Velocity, and the mobile application development contest Apportunity.