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July 4, 2011

Computer Science research in Pakistan

Lahore: 30 June: IEEE Computer Society (Lahore Section) & UCP SACS organized a panel Discussion on “Computer Science Research in Pakistan – State of the Art & Future Directions” at UCP Auditorium on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Renowned computer science researchers and members of IEEE graced the occasion with their presence.
The panel comprised four renowned computer science researchers i.e. Dr. Sarmad Hussain (Professor, KICS UET), Dr. Fakhar Lodhi (Professor, FAST-NU Lahore), Dr. Sohaib Khan (Head of CS Department, LUMS), and Dr. Zulfiqar Habib (Head of CS Department, COMSATS Lahore). The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Ali Afzal Malik (Head of CS Department, UCP).
The discussion began with each panelist saying a few words about the research activities going on in their respective research institutes/departments. Some panelists also gave an overview of the research output of their labs.
Dr. Sohaib Khan emphasized the importance for conducting computer science research that is beneficial to the common man on the street. He underscored the need to find the sweet-spot between problem-based research and quality publications that may not be relevant to current local problems. Commenting on the role of funding available from foreign sources (e.g. Microsoft, CISCO, etc.), he stated that such funding is limited and extremely competitive.
Commenting on the availability of funding for research, Dr. Sarmad Hussain stated that Pakistan is lucky with respect to funding available for computer science research from both large (e.g. National ICT R&D fund) and small (e.g. HEC) organizations. He stressed the need for having an efficient review and audit process for funding proposals and the need of defining an appropriate salary structure for researchers.
Addressing the issue of academia-industry collaboration, Dr. Fakhar Lodhi mentioned that the local software industry is young and it needs to synchronize its activities with the academia. The academia, on the other hand, needs to focus on future problems instead of current problems. Dr. Lodhi emphasized the importance of hiring faculty members with lots of industrial experience and the need of having “teaching software houses”. He also commented briefly on the utility of undertaking open source projects vis-à-vis industrial projects.
Dr. Zulfiqar Habib highlighted the importance of choosing the right faculty advisor for students considering taking up research. The right advisor, he stated, is the one with expertise in the area of the student’s interest.
In addition to UCP students a number of faculty members also attended the event. Some faculty members and students posed relevant questions to panelists to increase their knowledge and understanding of particular computer science research areas.
University mementos were presented to the panelists by the Dr. Tabrez A. Shami, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Farooq Ahmad , Dean of Faculty of Information Technology at the conclusion of the panel discussion.
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June 30, 2011

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

19 – 22 MAY 2010

KARACHI EXPO CENTRE

FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2010 – MEETING YOUR SAFETY NEEDS

BRINGING FIRE, SAFETY & SECURITY MARKET TO YOUR DOORSTEP

The International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference – FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN serves as an excellent platform in Pakistan for indigenous as well as foreign companies to showcase their product range.

FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2009 proved to be an interactive and rewarding experience for the participants. It had the participation of 92 companies from 16 countries including Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, U.A.E., U.K. and U.S.A. The exhibition was visited by more than 7000 business professionals and was extensively covered by local and international media including 10 publications from countries like U.K., Russia, China and Pakistan.

The 6th International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference – FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2010 will address multi-dimensional safety and security needs of the region. The exhibition will showcase a wide-array of fire fighting, safety and security equipments and systems by leading international and domestic manufacturers, traders and integrators. The show will bring a highly targeted audience from the related industries to witness state-of-the-art technology and reap benefits through excellent networking opportunities.

Scanners to be installed in major cities soon: Malik

ISLAMABAD : Scanners will be installed in major cities to ensure maximum security to the citizens. This was said by Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday in an interview with a private TV channel.

The fixed scanners will be installed at rush locations, after which manual checking of vehicles will not be required, he said.

The mobile and fixed scanners will be imported from China , and the first shipment will reach soon.

In the recent past, about 62 terrorists and their facilitators have been nabbed on check posts; out of which 10 were suicide bombers.

The government will also establish a Students Elite Force, and about 5000 e-mails have been received so far from the students who wanted to work as volunteers under this force. -APP.

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Pogee 2010

19 – 22 MAY 2010

KARACHI EXPO CENTRE

Pakistan with an ideal geographic and strategic location serves as a corridor for the international supply routes of energy. Being a regional power house, the country possess opportunities of setting up the oil and gas pipelines as well as electricity grids within the region and with other neighbouring energy rich countries such as Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing every year and to meet the rising demand of energy, the government of Pakistan is currently focused on diversification of gas supplies, reconstruction of hydropower plants, construction of underground gas storage facilities, development of oil exploration & production, tapping of renewable energy resources, attracting foreign investment and privatisation of state-owned assets.

Pakistan is responding to the energy development challenge by pursuing a wide range of domestic and imported energy projects and in the year 2008 – 2009, the Oil, Gas and Energy industry has attracted Foreign Investment of about US$ 796 million.

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June 30, 2011

POGEE 2010

POGEE 2010

8th International Exhibition for the Energy Industry
(19 – 22 May 2010)

INTRODUCTION

Pakistan with an ideal geographic and strategic location serves as a corridor for the international supply routes of energy. Being a regional power house, the country possess opportunities of setting up the oil and gas pipelines as well as electricity grids within the region and with other neighbouring energy rich countries such as Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing every year and to meet the rising demand of energy, the government of Pakistan is currently focused on diversification of gas supplies, reconstruction of hydropower plants, construction of underground gas storage facilities, development of oil exploration & production, tapping of renewable energy resources, attracting foreign investment and privatisation of state-owned assets.

Pakistan is responding to the energy development challenge by pursuing a wide range of domestic and imported energy projects and in the year 2008 – 2009, the Oil, Gas and Energy industry has attracted Foreign Investment of about US$ 796 million.

OIL & GAS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

The location of Pakistan at the crossroads of Central Asia and the Arabian Sea has brought into spotlight its significance as an attractive market and a regional transit route for energy. Oil and Gas are the two major components of the energy mix which contribute 79% to the 63 million TOE of energy requirement in the country. The Government is formulating investor-friendly policies to increase the share of indigenous resources in the country. As a result of these policies, the Oil & Gas sector has attracted foreign direct investment of over US$ 700 million in 2008-09.

Pakistan is one of the largest consumers of gas in the region. It has a well developed and integrated infrastructure of transportation, distribution and utilisation of natural gas with 10,285 km of transmission and 93,961 km of distribution network. The two gas distribution companies plan to invest about US$ 400 million to increase the capacity of existing distribution network.

Up till now 725 wells have been drilled by various local and international exploration and production companies with 219 Oil & Gas discoveries, bringing the gas reserves to 30 TCF. An investment of US$ 1 billion was spent in drilling activities with 60 new wells drilled in 2008-09. At the same time, the crude oil recoverable reserves are estimated at 313 million barrels. The current production of oil is 66,532 barrels per day, whereas gas production is at 4 billion cubic feet per day.

Currently seven refineries are operating in the country with a refining capacity of 13 million tonnes per year.

Pakistan is now the largest CNG user in the world. Currently, 2700 CNG stations are operating with an investment of over US$ 1 billion, serving 2 million vehicles in the country.

LPG

LPG is environment-friendly and an economical fossil fuel available in the country. It is mainly used by the people living in remote areas, having no access to natural gas. Annual LPG consumption is 600,000 tonnes out of which 20% is met through imports. Total investment of US$ 200 million has already been made to develop the LPG supply infrastructure.

COAL

Pakistan has the 7th largest coal reserves in the world, estimated at over 185 billion tonnes of Coal. The country is producing 2.4 million tonnes of coal to meet the current coal consumption of 6.4 million tonnes while 4 million tonnes is imported to fulfill the energy requirement of the country. The Government has allocated an annual budget of US$ 25 million for the development of Thar Coal Infrastructure. Thar Coal project has the potential to cater to the increasing national energy requirement for decades with a relatively low unit cost.

THE SHOW – OIL & GAS PAKISTAN

Oil & Gas Pakistan is geared to be an exclusive trade exhibition, showcasing state-of-the-art equipment and machinery providing its participants with a comprehensive technical insight into the regional Oil & Gas industry.

POGEE, featuring Oil & Gas Pakistan and Power Technology Pakistan exhibitions, has established itself as the premier event catering to the Oil, Gas & Energy sectors. It serves as a convergence point for national and international companies to explore business opportunities in Pakistan . With unprecedented experience and reach, POGEE is the ideal venue to interact with key decision-makers and government officials, discuss areas of mutual cooperation, implement government plans and fulfill the future requirements of this industry in Pakistan.

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