Andrei delivered an inaugural speech “Emerging computer technologies for the service of society” on the opening of the 3rd International Conference on Computer and Emerging Technologies (ICCET 2013) held on March 5-7, 2013 at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.
SHAH ABDUL LATIF UNIVERSITY KHAIRPUR
The Inaugural Ceremony of three-day third International Conference on Computer & Emerging Technologies (ICCET-2013) was held on Tuesday at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, organized by Department of Computer Science. Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani Ex-MNA was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Prof Dr. Parveen Shah Vice Chancellor SALU, Khairpur presided over the inaugural session. On this occasion, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani said that it is indeed a privilege and an honor to be with you today to witness the 3rd International Conference on Computers and Emerging Technologies here at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. I warmly congratulate the Vice Chancellor, the Dean, the Head of Computer Science Department and the organizing committee of the Conference for their unwavering commitment to promote research particularly, Information and Communication Technology in the masses. Mr. Shah said that we are confronted with multiple challenges in human development. Despite heavy investment by public and private sectors, there are serious issues of unemployment and with rising inflation due to which the purchasing power of even the middle income group is eroding. He said that we clearly understand that given the current international scenario, especially the rising oil prices, spiraling commodity prices, it is all the more imperative for us to remove impediments that impede growth. There is no alternative as we have to face competition in the global knowledge economy. We need to learn from the experiences of world’s fastest economies like China, Korea and Japan. The basic pillar of China’s strategy is massive human resource development. In our case, youth are our real wealth and Pakistan has been blessed with a huge pool of creativity as Pakistan has 100 million of population below the age of 25. He added that I fully appreciate the idea that there is a lot which IT and the emerging technologies can do for the Governance, Rural development and Educational Sector reforms. In the papers to be presented, grand ideas shall be discussed today and tomorrow. I would appreciate that concrete R&D proposals are briefed to me so that we convert Khairpur region into the IT enabled Khairpur and establish at SALU a Research Centre promoting R&D in IT enabled services for Governance, Rural and Educational Development. For that to happen, the university has to actively engage on continuous basis to update its curriculum, and must plan to add new academic programs in emerging fields. He suggested to Vice Chancellor for establishing a Center for E-Governance and ICT enabled Rural Development here at this University. It is the need of an hour. Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani announced to donate 30 computers for the Department of Computer Science.
Prof Dr. Parveen Shah Vice Chancellor SALU, Khairpur said in her presidential address that It is a matter of great honor and profound pleasure for me and the faculty and staff of the University to extend to you a warm welcome to the 3rd International Conference on Computer and Emerging Technologies here at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. Dr. Shah said that this is the second International conference being held in the short span of my tenure, which I just took over hardly 5 months back. This is also the first International conference of my tenure on applied science theme related to Information and Communication Technology. This conference is in sequel to the previous two International conferences organized by the devoted and talented faculty of the Computer Science department. I am glad that Dr. Noor Shaikh and his colleagues have proven their mantle to bring SALU and the CS department on the Research forefronts of Pakistan. Dr. Shah added that with you the researchers while you are here, I want to pose some fundamental questions here. Why can’t we solve the problems of poverty eradication, gender biasness, rural sector development, grass root education, basic health, governance, culture, energy crisis and other social issues through IT?
Research and Learning is a lifelong process, and some of the most important ideas, habits of mind and traits of personality, which ensure good and abundant life, are acquired only through a never ending process of research and education. Dr. Shah said that at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, we are engaged in a ceaseless endeavor to set new standards and seek new horizons in higher education and to produce graduates with new orientations who can stimulate and lead the economic, social and industrial transformation of the country. She emphasis that we have to accelerate the transformation of our educational system to one of higher skills, higher value, and higher international recognition. The digital age has made it all this within our reach. An effective strategy in this regard demands an effective relationship between Government, Universities, Business, Training providers and all our partners. Vice Chancellor said It is my considered opinion, that in the ultimate analysis, our most urgent need is scientists, managers, sociologists and technologists, with creativity, self-reliance, spirit of enterprise, and professional integrity. It is my prayer that you prove to be the answer to this national need. Vice Chancellor announced to upgrade the Department of Computer Science as an Institute of Information Technology & Computational Sciences.
Dr. Zubair A Shaikh from Fast National University, Karachi presented his keynote speech on Human Engineering. His focus was on Combining Social Science & Computer Science – A new perspective to solve complex problems. He presented a case study on Sindh Public School Education System. He said that our education indicators are going down, despite all the efforts. He linked the E-Education Governance, Social Sciences & Technology for the improvement of Education System in Sindh. Prof. Andrei Zvelindovsky from UK delivered his keynote speech on Applications of Computer Technology and Dr. Thuay from Vietnam presented keynote speech on ICT Application on Research. Dr. Thuay said that ICT could play a pivotal role in boosting economy. She given the example of Japan and other technology advance countries. Prof Dr. Noor Ahmed Shaikh Chairman Department of Computer Science delivered his welcome address. He cordillay welcomed the guests from foreign countries and local level. Dr. Noor also highlighted that aims and objectives of the conference. Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah Conference Secretary extended his vote of thanks to Chief Guest, Foreign Delegates and sponsors i.e Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, National ICT R&D Fund, HBL, Nestle, Pakistan Science Foundation, Mr. Mohammad Abbas Balouch Commissioner Sukkur and other dignitaries who contributed. Vice Chancellor Dr. Parveen Shah presented the traditional gifts Ajrak and Sindhi Cap to guests. Dr. Shah presented souvenir to Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani. Scholars from UK, UAE, Vietnam, USA, China, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Serbia are attending the conference. The inaugural session was attended by Prof Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Khushk Pro-Vice Chancellor Main Campus, Prof Dr. Yasmeen Faiz Kazi Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof Dr. Syed Ahmed Hussain Shah Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Dr. Lutuf Ali Phulpoto Dean Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, Faculty Members, Researchers, Officers, Sectional Heads, Students and Media Persons attended the inaugural session of the conference.
Prof Dr. Taj Mohammad Lashari
Shah Abdul Latif University