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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • CIIT

  • INIT

In regard to the ongoing work of INIT pertaining towards the gap analysis study for people with disabilities, communique was initiated between Mr. Tahir Naeem (Executive Director INIT), Mr. Mohamed Abida (ICT Advisor to President IDB), and Prof. Tim Unwin UNESCO Chair in ICT4D in December 2017.

The talks were successful in enticing interest from IDB in terms of invitation of INIT Delegation to the 43rd Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in Tunis, Republic of Tunisia from 1-5 April 2018 (http://www.isdb-am43.org/).

The visit was in part to explore further linkages at IDB regarding the newly launched $500 Million transform fund for science technology and innovation.

During the event, sidelines meetings and discussions were held between the INIT delegation and Dr. Hayat Sindi, Chief Scientific Advisor on Science, Technology and Innovation to President IDB on how to further enhance the scope of INIT’s ongoing work with People with Disabilities. Meeting was also held between Mr. Habib Dababi. Secretary of State of Digital Economy, Ministry of ICT, Republic of Tunisia and the INIT Delegation to brief them about the ongoing activities of INIT in the region and how the Network can facilitate further with their ongoing initiatives like ‘Smart Tunisia’ utilizing upon the funding available from IDB under its Technical Cooperation Program.

Furthermore, a data revalidation visit to the town of Sousse was also conducted for visiting the blind schools in Tunisia and a focus group was conducted.


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  • Friday, October 26, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

A meeting with BS Economics 2nd semester students was held at Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) on 25 October 2018.

Dr. Muhammad Abid, Assistant Professor CCRD introduced his students to Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD. Later, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain briefly discussed aims, objectives and functioning of CCRD. Head CCRD apprised that the expansion of climate science activities is the prime objective of CCRD.

Possible opportunities for internships at CCRD were also discussed. Students expressed their interest in seeking research assignments/internship opportunities at CCRD and thanked Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain for insightful discussion.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • CIIT

  • Admin

The Vice Chancellors’ Committee meeting was held at the Commission Secretariat on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Chairman, Vice Chancellors’ Committee and attended by over 65 Vice Chancellors from all over the country, mostly through video conference. The meeting adopted the following resolution in the light of public humiliation of Dr. Mujahid Kamran and five officers by NAB officials for appearance in Court last week:

  1. We, the Vice Chancellors, condemn the maltreatment and public humiliation of respectable professors and teachers.
  2. We strongly condemn the media trial of teachers before prosecution or legal procedure
  3. We appreciate Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan for suo moto notice, however a mere apology is not sufficient in the face of humiliation suffered by senior academicians.
  4. We call upon Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to conduct inquiry against the officials involved.
  5. We propose holding of a meeting between Chairman HEC and Chairman NAB along with a select group of Vice Chancellors to evolve procedures needed to be followed in such cases.
  6. We make a commitment to the nation that we will act with integrity to serve youth of the nation and will work to strengthen our internal systems so that all endeavors are transparent and beyond question.
  7. We support the HEC and stand by it in its endeavors to enhance quality, access and relevance.
  8. Universities face multiple problems due to external interference. We urge the Government to ensure university autonomy by stopping the external interference.

  • Friday, August 31, 2018

  • CIIT

  • INIT

The Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) initiated discussions with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in December 2017 regarding INIT’s ongoing study on Development of Gap Analysis and Roadmap to Meet the Technology Needs of People with a Disability and Special Need in OIC Member States. The UNESCP appreciated the INIT’s initiative and invited to join hand with UNESCP in organizing an expert meeting on the subject issue.

In cognizance to the invitation of UNESCAP, INIT has successfully organized an Expert Meeting on ‘Disability, Inclusive Technology and Innovation: From Policies to Practice’. The meeting provided a distinguished international platform to highlight the work done by INIT in this area and was attended by more than 30 governmental and non-governmental organizations from Brunei, Hongkong, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Macau, Thailand, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines and Uzbekistan.

Prior to this meeting, the INIT delegation comprising of Engr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director INIT, and Dr. Akber Abid Gardezi, Manager INIT also participated in 2 day meeting organized by UNESCAP on ‘Technologies and Innovation for People with Disability’ on August 28 – 29, 2018. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for the INIT delegates to showcase INIT’s activities being carried out under its different programs, and benefit from and contribute to the discussions on latest developments w.r.t. policy matters in the meeting focus areas.

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