AKU & LEAD Pakistan holds seminar on ‘Heat Waves’

Aga Khan University (AKU) and LEAD Pakistan are hosting a seminar on “Preparing Communities and Hospitals for Heat Waves – Lessons Learnt from Karachi, Pakistan” on 19th April, 2019 at Ramada Hotel (Noor Hall), Islamabad.

AKU & LEAD Pakistan holds seminar on 'Heat Waves'

The purpose of this seminar is to shape up findings of a research project “Heat Emergency Awareness and Treatment (HEAT)” jointly amalgamated by Aga Khan University (AKU), Aman Foundation and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), USA.

The project was funded by Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC), UK. The intention of the project was to get ready community and hospital emergency departments to deal with heat emergencies in an improved and effective way.

The honorable speakers who spoke at the event are Dr. Nadeem Ullah Khan, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care, The Aga Khan University on the topic “Hospitals preparedness for the management of heat emergencies”.

While, concerning on topic “Heat preparedness at community level” presented by Mr. Zaheer Chand, GM, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation, The Aman Foundation.

On the other hand, the moderator discussion panel going to be held where diverse experts negotiate over the concerned subject to create awareness and impart knowledge.

The event will bring to together national and provincial stakeholders to explore best practices and lessons for heat wave management in Pakistan.


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Freelancing Upwork to detached free bids on projects

A global traditional freelancing giant Upwork has recently announced that it is “revamping the structure and pricing of Connects” be in motion to prop up professional freelancers and agencies to win more contracts. Freelancers will now have to pay for each bid proposal.

Freelancing Upwork to detached free bids on projectsThe revamped pricing structure of Connects will be altered for existing users between May and June. Whereas, new users will see this change by the end of this month.

According to the Upwork’s new policy, the cost per connect will be $0.15 and the platform will no longer provide 60 free Connects to the freelancers or 80 free Connects in case of agencies on monthly bases.

Remarkably, a user will have to spend 1 to 6 Connects to submit a proposal which was beforehand done in 0 to 2 Connects, depending on the job’s nature. However, proposals submitted to invites from clients will remain free.

Refurbish policy sounds like a positive change for experienced freelancers and meanwhile, it sounds bad for inexperienced freelancers. Professionals thought unskilled freelancers create distrust on the platform.

Moreover, freelancers working from emerging markets like Pakistan sees a hurdle to put in the bulky amount in their Upwork’s account to pay out on Connects for jobs’ proposals.

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Modern challenges of re-engineering of HR

Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) a prevalent national university devoted to higher education in disciplines of engineering and applied sciences convocation held on 4th April, 2019.


Chairman Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Maj. Gen. Amer Nadeem, HI(M) chaired the convocation, he emphasized the modern challenges of revolutionization demand re-engineering of human resources to viaduct the gap between public sector and industries.

“There is a need to increase quality of human resource in the country”, SUPARCO chairman further said. He admired the efforts of PAEC in areas of defence, power, agriculture, and health. He acknowledged the futurist leaders of PAEC for establishment of HR institutes like PIEAS to assemble national challenges.

Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Muhammad Naeem, HI, SI, highlight that PAEC is doing all efforts to achieve at least eleven (11) out of seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) set by the United Nations (UN). PAEC has been contributing towards socio-economic development of the country and its agriculture centres.

PAEC Chairman further informed that after establishment of first nuclear medicine centre at Karachi in 1960, PAEC has so far established eighteen (18) cancer hospitals in every part of the country with modern diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for the wide-ranging public.

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Seminar on Health & Sustainability held at AIOU, ISB

One day seminar on national “Health and Sustainability” organized by the Department of Environmental Design, Health and Nutritional Sciences at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (AIOU) to promote awareness about proper nutrition and healthcare preventive measures.

Seminar on Health & Sustainability held at AIOU, ISB

Proficient experts in the field of public health safety talk about concerning on the Health and sustainability. The resource persons are Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Deputy Director (Chemical)/NPC NIP Project, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad,

Dr. Rezzan Khan of Shifa International hospital, Water resource specialist Engr. Abid Ali and Imtiaz Aslam of EDCONS institute of  business and technology chaired the symposium.

Dr.Zaigham Abbas highlighted the significance of the topic and underlined the need of promoting nutrition education at mass-scale level through media and other sources under the Prime Minister Clean Green Pakistan Movement by the ministry of Climate Change and received the shield during this public health symposium.

Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas, Dean Sciences AIOU thanked the patricians for their valuable input during the seminar. He appreciate the consistent efforts, providing research-based academic input to the society in addressing socio-economic issues.

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7th Pakistan CIO Summit & IT exhibit 2019

The 7th Pakistan CIO Summit and 5th IT showcase 2019 held on 26th  of March in Marriot Hotel, Karachi. The Pakistan CIO Summit being the only platform, where a robust number of CIOs, departmental IT Heads, and other IT Professionals get together annually to negotiate on mutual interests.

7th Pakistan CIO Summit & IT exhibit Pakistan 2019

As Digital Transformation is now considered as a necessity instead of an option. Confer to that, this year’s theme of the Pakistan CIO Summit is “Digital Transformation – Stay Ahead”. In today’s world of technology, all organizations look up to their CIOs to make digital transformation a reality within their businesses.

The CIO Summit will be fragmented with two technical sessions, one is ‘Digital Transformation’ and the other is ‘Cyber-Security’ with regard to digital renewal.

Moving ahead, there are some pessimistic concerns, the booth fees that showcase IT products are in millions and per participant fee is about Rs 32,500 excluding taxes that is not justifying in country like Pakistan where our budding youth is looking for erudite platforms but the sky-scraping cost of doorway becomes the obstacle in their way to join and interrelate with IT headship. The International booth fee is US$ 500 that is aprox 70,000. 

Additionally, the core aims of the Pakistan CIO summit and the allied exhibition is to present solutions for tomorrow, to bring on latest technologies under the limelight and to appraise how they can play a significant role in making Pakistan an IT Hub in the region.

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