UIT build Pak’s 1st indigenous open source processor

Pakistan’s best technology institution Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), have build up the country’s 1st home produced open source microprocessor in Karachi.

UIT build Pak's 1st indigenous open source processorThe UIT team leveraged the RISC V based open source architecture to produce the said processor that may transform the local tech manufacturing industry.

Support of UIT’s undergraduate engineering and computer science students, faculty, and a couple of international mentors leg behind this remarkable development.

UIT is the only undergraduate institute in Pakistan to be teaching processor designing based on RISC-V in undergraduate program.

UIT’s single cycle RISC-V processor uses industry standard Chisel programming language. The institute is running RV32I processor core on FPGA and future development include complete RISC-V processor and semiconductor chip development by undergraduate students.

Director UIT Dr. Zahir Ali Syed said “We believe in industry academia linkage and the only way to progress our nation is to develop students for cutting edge industry,”

He further said “We are trying to get Pakistan’s share from the 500 billion dollar global semiconductor industry and trying to make our undergraduate students ready to cash in on that market.”

Dr. Rumi Naqvi is one of the mentors on this project as well as UIT’s adjunct faculty member who has 17 years of IC design experience. He started Micro Electronics Research Laboratory (MERL-UIT) in collaboration with Usman Institute of Technology in June 2019.

Some other top names of mentors on this project include Dr. Ali Ahmed who is Assistant Professor and head of MERL at UIT, Engr. Asad Hussain who is making curriculum for undergraduate engineering students, Engr. Farhan who is teaching industry standard Chisel programming language and core development, and Hadir Khan who is a UIT graduate student leading undergraduate students in various classes.

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HEC bans few university’s distance education centers

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) generates parents and students alert regarding admission bans in the following institutes.

HEC bans admission in Distance Education Centers (DECs) of Sarhad
University of Science and Information Technology (SUIT), Peshawar as it is a
chartered university in the private sector established under KPK government.

All the programs offered through distant education centers (DECs) have been stopped as the university is advised to restrict to on-campus programmes but not followed. So, as per the directives issued from higher education commission SUIT DECs admissions banned.

Moreover, students are advised to not take admissions in any campus, branch, and college outpost in Punjab where degree programmes of University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore are offered except main campus UCP, Lahore.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) not allowed students to
admit in Al-Khair University AJ&K, Global Institute Lahore, Imperial
College of business studies, Lahore and Preston institute of management
sciences and technology (PIMSAT), Karachi.

If students seek admissions in the above mentioned institutes then degrees of such students will not be recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The halt step was taken after the universities failed to meet the quality standards set by the HEC for higher education.

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Intelligent transportation system set up at expressway

Intelligent transportation system set up at expressway

For the first ever in the country, an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) initiate by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to alleviate the disturbing transportation issues.

The Intelligent transportation (ITS) would firstly be introduced at Islamabad Expressway from Zero Point to Rawat. Traffic on Islamabad Expressway signal free corridor would control particularly at different intersections through this system.

Under this project, CCTV surveillance system comprising upon static and Pan-Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) cameras would be installed after every three kilometers (3Km) with the coverage of 500 meters.

Traffic Control Center (TCC) would be established. The TCC connected with field
devices would be equipped with backlight LED Video wall screens, video wall
controller, video storage and core network switch.

The intelligent transportation aimed to perk up road safety and reduce impact of jamming as it will provide up-to-the-minute information regarding incident management, driver information, intended distraction and road work on the Expressway.

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View your FBR online tax profile after paying Rs.500

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) launched an online tax profiling system in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the audit of assets.

View your FBR online tax profile after paying Rs.500

FBR Chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi disclosed the online tax viewing process and assured that it keeps 53 million citizens privacy at first.

The online portal has a two step verification process. The user can access the financial profile by typing the CNIC and mobile number. After that, a text message appears on PTA-registered phone with a code that you can enter into the portal to continue. The last one step is to Pay Rs500 either through e-sahulat or a credit/debit card.

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The new tax system data has been complied with the assistance of
NADRA. The concerned persons can easily verify the transactions undertaken in the past by them through new tax profile system.

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2019 World Environment Day marked at IIU, old campus

On every year 5th June World Environment Day is celebrated to create awareness among the communal concerning on environmental issues. This year’s 2019 theme is “Beat Air Pollution”.

Keeping in view the importance of this
day, Technology Times in collaboration with International Islamic University (IIU),
ICIMOD, FAO, IUCN, and NCPC is celebrating International Environment Day 2019
at IIU, old campus, Faysal Masjid, Islamabad.

To mark the day, interactive panel
discussion held on environment theme “Beat Air Pollution”. The honored
panelists are Dr.Zaigham Abbas- Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Dr. Ibrar
Shinwari – IIU, From FAO – Faizul Bari and Maryum Shabbir from SPDI.

The moderator Sayyed Paras Ali, Technology Times asked the questions from panelists concerning what are the preparations of Government of Pakistan to achieve this year theme of World Environment Day? Later on, what are the governance issues in management of climate change mitigation? Furthermore, what role media can play to enhance public understanding on air pollution?

Dr. Ibrar Shinwari discussed the academia role in lessening the threatening
air pollution. He added our students must focus on national indigenous problems
while doing research projects instead of opt trendy topics. Moreover, the
looming pollution can be reduced if we plant more and more tress in our
surroundings. He added, environment is that vital component through which we
can generate and decrease GDP.

Faizul Bari emphasized the forest mitigation that twenty seven thousand hectares of forest is decreasing in Pakistan every year, and we have to start preserving our existing forests in order to improve the environment.

He added, FAO’s Chilgoza pine project focuses on the sustainable management of Chilgoza forests in Chitral and districts of KP, leading to the multiple products, services and functions, and reducing Green House Gas Emissions, ultimately improving the atmosphere. Additionally, reducing the use of pesticides, providing alternate energy sources, and the planting of trees, are ways to combat the worsening environment situation.

Zaigham Abbas
discussed the
government initiatives to beat the vigorously spreading air pollution. Climate
ministry makes policy draft to combat the ruin. He discussed that ministry
allocate funds for research projects that deals with the climatic change,
environment protection. Furthermore, he highlights that air quality monitoring
stations are functional to grip the polluted environment and plantation drive
is on its way to save the environment.

Maryum Shabbir highlights the SDPI environment and climate change vision. She talks about the core component behind the air pollution. She addressed that “Health” directly impacted by air pollution. The worst kind of bad environment is ‘Indoor’ air pollution like the sprays used for cleaning purposes, carpets these caused serious breathing problems. She added, according to World Bank stats Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad are the most polluted city.

The sum-up of the discussion marks that everyone’s responsibility is to play role in combating the worsening environment by planting trees, reduction in vehicular emissions, adopting high-tech air quality monitoring stations, most significantly we can bring change to the environment by avoiding Indoor air pollution.

After the panel discussion, many participants
including Maha, Zafar Iqbal, Jamal ud-din, Dr.Ijaz and kanwal negotiate with
the panelists of achieving targeted measurements for the reduction of air

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