NUST being the leading face of higher education in Pakistan has successfully managed distinctions which bring her years ahead than other universities. Several of her constituents have not only maintained a good repute in professional circles (through their alumni) but also in academic research and consultancy services. Offices like Center for Counseling and Career Advisory (C3A) and Internships and Placements Office facilitate students during the academic stay at NUST; Centers like Professional Development Center (PDC), Technology Incubation Center (TIC) and NUST Consulting go a step further and link them to NUST even after their graduation.
NUST Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) (only building on Innovation Drive) is a similar NUST venture with aim to facilitate not just industry and academia but also the country’s economy by supporting technology based entrepreneurship and thus converting young graduates in to job producers rather than job seekers.
Entrepreneurship is undertaking innovations, finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods. It is a business function that grows money, creates customers and support economic development. It is a culture that encourages self reliability and profit.
In order to motivate students and opportunists, CIE is organizing an international conference titled “Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Route to Economic Development” on December 8, 2010 at NIT Seminar Hall (SCEE). The event has attracted entrepreneurs of national and international fame, who will be sharing their success stories and inspiration with audience. The conference will be connected to six military colleges and SEECS seminar hall via video conferencing facility, to facilitate maximum student participation.
Guest speakers for the conference are:
Mr. Jamshed Iqbal Cheema
Chief Executive, Auriga Group
He has vast agricultural experience starting from a farmer family of Punjab to the shining star of many multi-national agricultural organizations he proved himself an outstanding Agricultural professional. He is truly a visionary man who gave shape to Pakistan Fertilizer Forum and innovate skills in agricultural business for indigenous companies. He has been introducing new ideas and solutions to agricultural problems. He is also the President for Pakistan Agriculture Scientists Association
Mr. Zubair Khan
He is CEO of Tranchulas and Information Security Consultant at (NADRA). He has been researching mainly on cyber warfare and on various other facets of information security for the past six years. Chairman of Pakistan Engineering Development Board and Chairman of Pakistan Engineering Council have recognized his research and work. He is also certified ISO27001 ISMS Auditor.
Ms. Jehan Ara
She is the president of P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) and hosts ITLOW(In the line of Wire) by CIO Web Studio. She also heads Enabling Technologies, a multi-media and Web development company in Pakistan.
Mr. Shoaib Alam
He is an alumnus of NUST-CEME and Founder and CEO at Turnotech, a fast growing information and communication technology company. He employs 35 people and his company had over 90 million turn over this year. Turnotech has incubated from NUST-TIC.
Mr. Salman Ul Haq
NUST-CEME alumnus 2010, he is the co-founder of TunaCode which is a technology startup focused on delivering GPU computing solutions to scientific community as well as commercial companies that require massive compute power. He is also the co-founder and chief editor of ProgrammerFish, which is one of the leading technology blog read by thousands daily.
Mr. M. Ibrahim Qureshi
Founder Raffles Private Limited
He is the founder of Raffles, the first locally assembled computer brand in Pakistan. He has managed a complete transfer of technology to Pakistan in terms of hardware and software by leading Multinationals companies, such as Intel and Microsoft. Today Raffles is an Intel Premier Partner in Pakistan, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. He also carries the distinction of introducing Apple Computers to Pakistan. Winner of a Gold Medal and Business man of the year Trophy 2008, he is currently the Chairman for the Standing Committee for Information Technology at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has been elected as the Vice President of American Business Forum, for Pakistan and is the President for Pakistan Computer Association.
Mr. Monis Rehman
Monis Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks, Inc., a Silicon Valley new media company with offshore development offices in Lahore and Karachi. Naseeb Networks owns and operates Pakistan’s largest jobsite (ROZEE.PK) and the Internet’s largest Muslim social networking site (NASEEB.COM). He has raised venture capital for two Internet startups in Silicon Valley, and has nine patents to his credit. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spider.
A special thanks to Saliha Akram, Hamid Iftikhar, Hassaan Rasheed, Jawad Ishaq, Shan Nisar, Yawar Qureshi, Hasham Ahmed, Omer Abdul Rehman Khan, Umar Janjua, Seemal Mushtaq, Asjad Naeem Mukaddam, Muneeb Imran and others for their research on guest speaker profiles and related contributions to this event!