Dr. Umar Saif steps down as PITB chairman

The Pakistan government takes back the charge of chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) from Dr. Umar Saif and likely to be placed the Planning and Development (P&D) Chairman Habibur Rehman Gilani.

Dr. Umar Saif steps down as PITB chairman

Dr. Saif has leaded a number of projects such as Plan9, PlanX and Tech Hubb Connect at the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).

Dr Saif is a former faculty member at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Umar saif had wide-ranging experience in academia, management, consulting and entrepreneurship in the IT sector; he served the board to play a key role in digitalizing the police department, land record and other departments of the Punjab government.

Dr. Saif served 5 consecutive governments and established two institutions: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), which became the main modification locomotive for the government with over 300 projects in Punjab and other provinces.

Information Technology University (ITU), which in just 5 years, became one of the leading technology universities of Pakistan with close to 100 PhD faculty members only with the keen efforts of DR. Umar Saif.

Dr. Umar Saif a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would continue his responsibilities as Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore Information Technology University (ITU) and bow out as PITB Chairman.

Dr. Saif recently launched  E-Learn application, Smartphone/Tablet based android app to help educate students and teachers as a part of The Digital Punjab.

The gentleman at the back of ‘Digital Punjab’, Dr Umar Saif tweets, All good things must come to an end. It was a privilege to serve this country for 7 years, establish PITB, ITU, Plan9 and e-rozgaar.” 

Dr. Saif other achievements included being named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, a Google Faculty Research Award and the MIT Technovator Award for his work on grassroots technologies.


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