Pakistan telecommunication authority is asking all telecom providers to ban a list of words from text messages that it considers inappropriate. The deadline to institute this ban is Monday, November 21, 2011. The list includes harmless words such as 'Jesus Christ'... Read the rest of this entry

Umar Saif, associate professor at LUMS, has been selected as a Young Innovator under 35 by Technology Review magazine, published by MIT. His work has been cited for improving connectivity in poor nations. “The TR35 recognizes the world’s top 35 young innovators that... Read the rest of this entry

A recent post on Slashdot reported a new set of regulations promulgated by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on March 11, 2010, titled “Monitoring and Reconciliation of Telephony Traffic Regulations, 2010”. The post implied that through these regulations, Pakistan... Read the rest of this entry

Now that the debate on whether to devolve or dissolve or d-something HEC has --at least for the time being -- ended, it is time to go back to the fundamental challenges facing Pakistan in higher education and look for some answer. To me, the fundamental challenge facing... Read the rest of this entry

Umar Saif is Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at LUMS and heads the Saif Center of Innovation (SCI, pronounced as 'sky'), an incubator and training center for technology entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Muslim Town, Lahore. STEP's Salman Basit spoke with Dr. Saif about SCI and the challenges and opportunities for technology start-ups in Pakistan. Read the rest of this entry

In a country where a quarter of the population lives under the poverty line, and millions of children who should be enlightening themselves with knowledge spend their childhood working in shabby workshops, it’s not surprising that people aspire to improve the condition of... Read the rest of this entry

Babar Ahmad is the CEO of Mindstorm Studios, a gaming start up in Lahore, Pakistan. Babar is focused on creating world-class gaming titles on the PC and console platforms from within Pakistan. Babar also has a passion for teaching and lectures at the Engineering Department... Read the rest of this entry

According to the news reports published in The News and Dawn, the implementation commission of 18th amendement has decided to devolve Higher Education Commission to provinces. From the details that have emerged so far, it appears that either HEC is being completely devolved... Read the rest of this entry

Recently, in an article titled “HEC Should Return to Pakistan”, Jehanzeb Ahmed, Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Bahria University, made the case that technology, not science, is the pressing need of the country. He went on note that the incentive... Read the rest of this entry

Possibilities Pakistan has entered the Dell Social Innovation Competition, and is competing for the prize ($50,000), which will be used to fund the printing of their magazine and the expansion of their services. You can help Possibilities Pakistan win the prize by voting... Read the rest of this entry

Dr. Shaukhat Hammed Khan is the Executive Director of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), the parent body of GIK Institute. A nuclear physicist by training, he recently served as the Rector of GIKI and member of the... Read the rest of this entry

Very few scientists are able to successfully navigate the road between a research lab, academic administration, and the government. Shaukhat Hameed Khan is certainly one scientist who has. An Oxford-trained nuclear physicist, Dr. Khan started the first group working on... Read the rest of this entry

On the night of 15th of October, I felt so proud to be a Pakistani, which is now a rare thing, in Kula Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) where Pakistan IT companies clinched seven silver APICTA-2010 Awards and Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE) making history... Read the rest of this entry

The next talk in the 2010-2011 STEP Lecture Series will be given by Prof. Richard Garfield on Thursday, November 11th at 6:30pm Pakistan Standard Time.  Prof. Garfield is the Henrik H. Bendixen Clinical Professor of International Nursing at the Columbia University's... Read the rest of this entry

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