Day: April 29, 2014

FETEX 2014

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article image FETEX comprises of different academic and talent based competitions. The format of these events is being derived from similar kind of events organized by various engineering institutions around the country. Apart from teams from our departments many teams mostly from Islamabad/Rawalpindi also participate in this event. This event provides an opportunity to students from various universities to test their skills learned at their institution. It also serves to explore the academic…Read More

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Contents development a herculean task after 3G-4G spectrum auction

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article image By Sidra Saif ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has successfully, though very late, auctioned the 3G and 4G spectrum licences, however, a million dollars question arises whether an environment would be created where both public and private sectors would be able to cash in on this dramatically faster and set to be widely available mobile broadband internet across the country. Now the government needs to immediately start work on a plan to maximize the benefits of broadband internet across the socio…Read More

Thous and s of samples pending at water testing lab

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Faulty apparatus at a premier national water quality laboratory in Islamabad has caused pendency of thousand of water samples sent in for testing. According to an official, photometer equipment in the National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL), which works under the PCRWR, has been out of order for the last two months. The official said that the department receives at least 40 to 50 water samples on a daily basis from areas including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Jhelum,…Read More

ECOSF, EvK2CNR join h and s to promote ecological integrity

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STAFF REPORT ISB: An MoU has been signed between the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and EvK2CNR - an Italian Foundation for the promotion of scientific research and capacity building of relevant stakeholders to contribute to filling serious gaps in research-based management of natural resources and better understanding of problems and issues of selected protected areas. The MoU was signed by the Presidents of the two organizations. The Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid…Read More

IT ministry on road to damage through austerity

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The IT Ministry cannot afford to keep IT professionals on its payroll and has taken on schoolteachers and forest officials to manage its affairs. The ministry is also set to scrap over a dozen projects that have been suffering at the hands of inter-departmental neglect’. There is a severe dearth of IT experts at the ministry and most of the staff there are administrative officers. Nearly 100 IT professionals who had been associated with the ministry in the past were let…Read More

Directives for timely execution of e-office in govt offices

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman has chaired a review meeting to assess the progress of e-office suit being implemented in Federal Ministers/Divisions here in Islamabad. Secretary IT Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Secretary Azmat Ali Ranjha, DG (PCB) and other senior officials from the ministry and PCB attended the meeting. The minister was apprised by the DG PCB through a detailed presentation regarding the progress of e-office project. The minister was told that the e-…Read More

Islamabad to have first womens university

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STAFF REPORT ISB: After months of deliberations, the first federal university for women will be set up in the capital in the next financial year, once an ordinance has been enacted to upgrade the Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-7/2. Correspondence between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and IMCG is under way to grant the college the status of a varsity. An allocation of Rs20 million has been proposed for the varsity. Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has…Read More

Govt, industry and academia need to devise measures

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher education is the only sustainable engine for the economic growth of Pakistan and there is dire need to highlight the role of intellectuals in promoting education and building culture of research and development in collaboration with industry. These remarks were expressed during a two-day conference on "Economic Development through Higher Education" recently held at HEC Secretariat. The workshop was organized by the UET, Peshawar, in collaboration with…Read More

Islamabad buildings to be converted to solar power

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Amid energy crisis, the Ministry of Science and Technology has planned to convert over a dozen Islamabad buildings to solar power. "Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies has prepared a PC-1 for the Rs613 million Green Public Buildings Project in Islamabad under which 16 buildings on the Constitution Avenue will be partially converted to solar energy," a senior official of the MoST told this scribe. The official said that the project was under…Read More

PTCL shows healthy results for Q1FY14

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STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL, the largest ICT service provider in Pakistan, has announced its strong first quarter results riding on the back of its growing fixed and wireless broadband business. The company’s revenue during the period stood at Rs 21.1 billion and showed a significant increase of 9 per cent, with net profit standing at Rs. 3.4 billion, while gross profit was recorded at Rs. 7.6 billion. PTCL cash flows remain healthy and stable due to the consistent growth in the subscriber…Read More