VU students invited as mentors for Google Code-In 2018

Two Virtual University students “Muhammad Adnan” and “Tahir Ramzan” have been invited as mentors for Google Code-In 2018.

Two Virtual University students “Muhammad Adnan” and “Tahir Ramzan” have been invited as mentors for Google Code-in 2018

Muhammad Adnan will mentor to RTEMS (Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems). RTEMS is a free real-time operating system designed for deeply embedded systems such as automobile electronics, robotic controllers, and on-board satellite instruments.

Tahir Ramzan will mentor to PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system that uses and extends the SQL language combined with many features that safely store and scale the most complicated data workloads.

Muhammad Adnan is a Google Summer of Code Student Alumni and Mentor Alumni. Tahir Ramzan is only Pakistani who is two times Google Summer of Code Student Alumni. In past 14 years, there are only 27 GSoC students selected from Pakistan as compare to 641 in this single year 2018 from India.

Google Code-in is an annual programming competition by Google that allows pre-university students ages 13-17 to complete tasks specified by various, partnering open source organizations.

It is sibling program to Google Summer of Code but only for school level students to get them familiar with computer programming, software development and open source. All students who complete one task will get e-certificate, any student who completes 03 tasks will get a t-shirt and 02 finalists from each organization will go to

Google HQ USA, there are 27 participating organizations including:

  1. OpenMRS
  2. JBoss Community
  3. AOSSIE – Australian Open Source Software Innovation and Education
  4. KDE Community
  5. PostgreSQL
  6. Wikimedia
  7. Digital Impact Alliance
  8. Sugar Labs
  9. RTEMS Project
  10. Fedora Project
  11. The ns-3 Network Simulator Project
  12. CloudCV
  13. MovingBlocks
  14. Coala
  15. MetaBrainz Foundation
  16. OSGeo
  17. Public Lab
  18. Haiku
  19. Copyleft Games
  20. Sustainable Computing Research Lab (SCoRe)
  21. Drupal
  22. Apertium
  23. CCExtractor Development
  24. OpenWISP
  25. Liquid Galaxy project
  27. Catrobat”

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Rabies control workshop held at UVAS

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore under its project titled “In-service Training Facility of Advance Veterinary Education and Professional Development for Veterinary Professionals (IVPD)”, organized One Health Approach Towards Control of Rabies

University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Rabies Workshop

It was funded by the Punjab government in collaboration with “Indus Hospital Karachi” and World Health Organization under the project heading of “Zero by 30” is collaborating with Local health authorities in Pakistan to help claiming the country “Rabies Free by 2030” organised a training workshop on “One Health Approach towards Control of Rabies” here on Thursday in UVAS City Campus.

In-charge Infectious Disease Department Indus Hospital Karachi Ms Naseem Salahuddin presided over the inaugural session of the workshop while Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Director IVPD Project Dr Hafsa Zenab, In-charge Pet Center Prof Dr Asim Khalid, Chairman Department of Epidemiology Dr Hassan Mushtaq and large number of faculty members and students from UVAS sub-campuses were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Naseem Salahuddin thanked UVAS to providing opportunity for working together to control rabies which is deadly disease for human.

She hoped that with the combine effort of UVAS and Indus Hospital Karachi rabies control programme would successfully running in Lahore through one health approach. She also mentioned various activities conducted to curb rabies diseases in Karachi.

Pro VC Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said UVAS Parasitology Department, Pet Center, Epidemiology department and whole Veterinary faculty working actively for the prevention of deadly disease like rabies. He thanked IVPD project for financial support and lauded organizers of the workshop to arrange workshop on very important issue.

Dr Hafsa Zaneb spoke about the objective of the IVPD project for the uplift of veterinary education and professional development. Dr Hassan Mushtaq presented the vote of thanks.

Meanwhile, Ms Naseem Salahuddin along with Pro VC Prof Dr Masood Rabbani met with UVAS Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha in his office.

The purpose of this activity was to implement the scientific methods for prevention of rabies by source control. Its other objectives includes mass dog vaccination, ,educational awareness of rabies prevention in the community through talks, flyers, posters and banners and encourage communities to maintain cleanliness of their environment, development of a team that will help in future to eliminate dog mediated Rabies.

Rabies is an enzootic and epizootic disease having worldwide significance affecting almost all mammals species and is characterized by acute encephalitis. Rabies virus transmitted through saliva to man by the bite of an infected animal usually a dog and over 95% of human cases caused by bites from rabid dogs.

Various aspects would be discuss in five days event related to prevention of rabies, introduction of one-health approach, experience of rabies-free Karachi project, community engagement and education, dog count survey, dog catching using control poles etc.

Video massage of Dr Bernadette Abela Ridder on neglected zoonotic diseases and Mr Daniel Steward on animal behavior were also presented during workshop.


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COMSATS selected to host Hult Prize in campus

COMSATS University Selected to Host local edition of Hult Prize as students answer the United Nations Challenge and go head-to-head for US$1M. 

Comsats university social innovation

Hult Prize recently announced that COMSATS University Islamabad has been selected to host a local edition of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student movement for the creation of new social enterprises.

The annual Hult Prize awards one million dollars in start-up funding to the team of students that develops the most radical and breakthrough idea to solve one of our world’s toughest social challenges.

In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize is hosting college and university events around the world in search of the next game-changing startup. Muhammad Wajih ud Din will be leading the Hult Prize at COMSATS University Islamabad On Campus Program, and is confident that his peers have as good as chance as anyone to go all the way and with this year’s Hult Prize.

 “Here at COMSATS University, we have students from diverse areas which helps in bringing up new and innovative ideas. We have intelligent students here who are capable enough to tackle world’s most challenging situation. I have complete faith in my peers and we will work hard as team to give our best and take our students to win in the Global Finals.”

The winner of the intra-campus event will automatically advance to compete in one of fifteen regional finals happening around the world. One winning team from each host city will then move onto a summer business accelerator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.

A final round of competition will be hosted in September, where the winning team to be awarded the $1,000,000 prize.

“The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces,” Clinton has stated.

Hult Prize at COMSATS University Islamabad is now recruiting volunteers and teams who are interested in registering for the competition.

To learn more, email: Muhammad Wajih ud Din Campus Director at COMSATS University.

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COMSATS, South Centre Geneva join hands for cooperation

COMSATS expanding its horizons to the North for cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) has signed a MoU with the South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland.

Junaid Zaid COMSATS HQ

Executive Director Comsats Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi and his counterpart from the South Centre, Geneva, Dr. Carlos Correa, signed the agreement during a ceremony, says a press release issued here by the Secretariat here on Thursday.

This MoU paves the way for the two organizations to collaborate for the advancement of South-South and Triangular Cooperation through various regional and cross-regional cooperation initiatives as well as exchange of information and technical resources among their common member states.

Both the parties have agreed in principle to launch and execute joint cooperative schemes and programmes in areas such as education and training, STI, policy development, climate change, sustainable and social development.

“Comsats will continue to explore all possible means around the globe to help achieve the organization’s objectives”, said Dr. Zaidi about the signing of this MoU. “Our outreach to the North is a strategic step in this direction”.

He hoped that this collaboration would be mutually beneficial for both organizations

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List of recognised universities in Lahore, Pakistan

Ali Institute Of Education, Lahore
Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Forman Christian College, Lahore
Government College University, Lahore, Lahore
Hajvery University, Lahore
Information Technology University, Lahore
Institute Of Management Sciences, Lahore
Lahore Garrison University, Lahore
Lahore Leads University, Lahore
Lahore School Of Economics, Lahore
LUMS Lahore University Of Management Sciences, Lahore
Minhaj University, Lahore
National College Of Business Administration And Economics, Lahore, Lahore
Nur International University, Lahore
Punjab Tianjin University of Technology, Lahore
Qarshi University (lhr), Lahore
The Superior University, Lahore
University of Lahore
University Of Central Punjab, Lahore
University Of Education, Lahore
University Of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Lahore
University Of Management And Technology, Lahore
University Of South Asia, Lahore
University Of The Punjab, Lahore
Virtual University Of Pakistan, Lahore

Sub Campus
Comsats Institute Of Information Technology( Lahore Campus ), Lahore
Bahria University, Islamabad
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (FAST)
National University of Modern Language, Islamabad
The Riphah International University, Rawalpindi
University of Gujrat, Gujrat
University of Sargodha, Sargodha

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