Kashf organises certificate distribution ceremony
LAHORE (PR): Kashf Foundation organized a certificate distribution ceremony to laud the successful completion of the vocational skills training of 375 women under the 1st batch of Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)’s Skills for Market 14-15 Project awarded to Kashf Foundation in 2014. The chief guest for the event was Ms. Hameeda Waheedud Din, Provincial Minister for Women Development. Other distinguished guests at the event included Zohaib Hassan, Monitoring Associate Punjab Skills Development Fund, and Sajid Naseer, Managing Director Punjab Vocational Training Council.
Under PSDF’s Skills for Market project, Kashf is focusing on training women of rural and marginalized communities of Lahore on three trades; Domestic Tailoring, Ada Work and Beautician and establishing their linkages with the market to support their income generation through entrepreneurship development. 375 women from the 1st batch successfully completed their training in these three trades in March 2015. At the event, there was also an exhibition of the products prepared by these women artisans. The guests at the event appreciated the quality and standard of these products.
Chief Guest Ms. Hameeda Waheed ud Din shared that the Punjab Government is very keen towards women development and is prioritizing the economic empowerment of women in the province and extensively working towards creating opportunities of livelihood for women. Monitoring Associate PSDF, Mr. Zohaib Hassan greatly appreciated Kashf on successfully training women in these 3 trades and increasing the economic opportunities for these low income women to establish their own business enterprises. Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director Kashf Foundation during her closing remarks, thanked the Punjab Government and the Punjab Skills Development Fund in supporting Kashf Foundation tosuccessfully trainits 1st batch ofrural women belonging to low-income households in the 3 vocational skills trades.She further shared that Kashf has been continuously making efforts to promote the business case for investing in low-income households, especially women and expanding the scope of offering capacity building services to women such as provision of vocational skills trainings. Kashf intends to train 378 women in its 2nd batch of trainings in Domestic Tailoring, Ada Work and Beautician.
In conclusion, the certificate distribution ceremony was a forum to recognize the efforts of these women in attending the vocational skills training with utmost dedication and commitment and being equipped with the skills to establish their own enterprises, generate their own livelihood and become economically empowered.

Remittances second largest source of foreign exchange
LAHORE (Staff Reporter): In Pakistan’s economy, home remittances are the second largest source of foreign exchange after exports. Banks especially NBP is doing a marvelous job in channelizing the remittances of overseas Pakistani workers through regular banking channels, thus avoiding the reliance on Hawala and Hundi. This was stated by Khalid Bin Shaeen, NBP’s Group Chief/SEVP Global Home Remittance, in a session arranged by bank’s Regional Office Rawalpindi. Today NBP has over 35 leading overseas remitting partners extending NBP’s “Foree Remittance Services” to remitters in their respective countries. The added convenience is aimed to facilitate our people and discourage the use of illegal Hawala/Hundi channels.
Further, NBP has established the first dedicated, extensive and efficient compliant handling system for home remittances to address queries/grievances of remitters/beneficiaries.

Microsoft collaborates with HEC for training programmes
KARACHI (Staff Reporter): Microsoft and the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan have collaborated to create an online portal “National Event Management System” (NEMS), developed by Xelleration Pakistan, for academic activities of higher education institutes. The purpose-built and enriched online portal will enable HEC to effectively manage over 3000 events, organized by universities and HEC under a country-wide Education-Alliance between Microsoft and HEC. Based on Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint Online), this portal will also facilitate and inform the potential participants and attendees about the events as scheduled and published.
This pioneering facility will be offered to more than 157 universities and campuses, facilitating over one million students, faculty members and staff across the country. HEC - being the facilitator of the educational sector, will now be able to closely view and strategize education planning based on the audience feedback extracted from this portal. This portal offers user registration, attendance, and self-service scheduling of various activities for diversified events and also solve the problems highlighted in the feedback received from the participants.
The administration teams at universities can use this comprehensive facility to; manage events, manage facilities/ resources and reserve rooms for the events. A special feature will enable them to invite attendees for an event, or help them in self-enrollment. The portal also offer publishing & sharing the events on Social Media. Post-event feedback collection from the users through an automated mechanism and subsequently extracted from the portal. One click view of graphs and charts, representing the number of events, are amongst the main features of this portal, which can be compiled according to various disciplines or subjects, e.g. Engineering events, Medical events, etc.
A special inauguration ceremony was held in which this National Event Management System was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC with the launch of portal available at http://pern-public.sharepoint.com. Mr. Harb Bou-Harb, Public Sector Director of Microsoft- NEPA region was also present on the occasion.  The event was also attended by Prof. Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Executive Director HEC, Anwar Amjad, Director General IT HEC, Abid Zaidi Country Enterprise & Partner Group Director Microsoft Pakistan and Jibran Jamshad, Enterprise Technology Strategist Microsoft Pakistan.
“HEC will continue to play its key role in facilitating and strengthening the institutions of higher learning in Pakistan. National Event Management System has been meticulously designed to effectively resolve the operational challenges and enhancing the productivity of hundreds of events in diversified discipline, organized by and for HEIs across Pakistan, every year. It will also help in addressing the concerns and issues faced by participants in these events”, said Anwar Amjad, Director General (IT), HEC.
The Regional Public Sector Director of Microsoft NEPA – Harb Bou-Harb stated that; “It is a matter of pride for Microsoft to facilitate the creation of this sophisticated online facility, which will go a long way in streamlining the insightful events, conducted and managed by Higher Education Commission annually. Microsoft is fully committed to foster educational initiatives across the globe and elevate the standards of education in the developing world”.
“Today’s Educational institutions are aiming to prepare their students & faculty for the world beyond classrooms. They are empowering them by providing devices, access to software, training and other elements needed for outcome based learning” said Abid Zaidi, Country Enterprise & Partner Group Director, Microsoft Pakistan. “At Microsoft, we are proud to be the strategic partner of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, which is leading the way forward for higher education and helping students realize their true potential through such initiatives.”

UMT welcomes new students
LAHORE (PR): The University of Management and Technology welcomed new students for its summer semester 2015 during an orientation session held on Thursday here at UMT.
Rector UMT Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad said that UMT has built a good reputation for its innovative research work and high quality education. This was only possible due to hard working and commitment of students with their education. A large number of students and parents who gathered at the University campus to attend this orientation session.
Dr. Hasan also told students not to plan for just 4 years or 2 years study for getting degree but for next hundred years, and for this purpose UMT will help them out to achieve their goals. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad addressed to participants and told them that their presence at UMT shows seriousness for their future and commitment for their ambitions. Senior faculty members, deans, directors, professors and members of the senior management of UMT were also present in the orientation session and every one of them gave brief introduction of their school of study.

Sony’s new Xperia E4 Dual
KARACHI (PR): Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) has introduced its new Xperia™ E4 Dual smartphone, offering ease-of-use, big screen entertainment and powerful battery performance in a high-quality yet affordable design.
“With Xperia E4 Dual, we wanted to offer people some of the premium Sony features they have come to expect - with unparalleled ease of use - at a highly-competitive price point,” says Tony McNulty, Vice President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “With a simple set-up, great screen and unrivalled 2 day battery life we’ve created an on-the-go entertainment device that will keep on going, wherever you are.”

Free internet
LAHORE (PR): Telenor and Mobilink customers in Pakistan will be able to enjoy a day of free internet with the popular Opera Mini browser. The free internet access, sponsored by Microsoft Lumia, is available exclusively to basic Java phone users and is aimed at encouraging more Pakistanis to go online and experience the power of the internet.
To take advantage of the free internet offer, Telenor and Mobilink customers just need to open the Opera Mini browser on their phones and click the Free Internet icon. This will open a page from which users can activate 10MB of free internet access that can be used over a period of 12 hours.  Mobile users who do not have the Opera Mini browser installed on their phones can visit m.opera.com to download the free app.