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Masters in Innovative Technologies in Education at NUST

18 Jun

 

NUST is planning to launch a new program “Masters in Innovative Technologies in Education (MsITE)” which will be a two year long (30 credit hours) semester based program at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science within NUST . A background in technology and/or education is recommended but not required. Most courses require lab work and group projects and you will be spending your final semester working on your Master’s Thesis. The details are available at the following link

http://ite.seecs.nust.edu.pk/root/

 

This newly started graduate program will provide a design space for mixing and matching of diverse disciplines and research areas thus creating disruptive technologies at the innovative edge of psychology, information technology, graphic design, story telling and drama. It will provide a practical forum to look beyond the obvious, to ask questions not yet asked and to provide innovative solutions that could dramatically improve the way people learn – not only for those who go to a school but also those who can not attend a conventional school.
Educational innovation, driven by a need for continuing education in the labor force, is transforming the global industrial landscape. Moreover, this need has also put a lot of stress on producing dynamic and diverse educational entrepreneurs as well as researchers who can steer the next revolution in education.  We are the first program in Pakistan that will address the deficiency of such individuals and aim to create graduates with the ability to “Learn, Think, Apply, Innovate and Educate”.

 

Educational Objectives:

  • To develop entrepreneurial innovations in educational practice
  • To evaluate technology’s impact on learning and developmetnt
  • To excel in designing interactive media content and learning applications

Target Industry:

Graduates of this program shall be sought after in the following capactities

  • Interactive text book design
  • Schools
  • Games and Interactive media
  • Online education companies
  • Instructional designer, online training
  • Animation development, children’s and adults educational television network
  • Educational start-ups
  • War games design and development

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Team Pakistan Microsoft Imagine Cup-Worldwide Finals

11 Jun

Worldwide Finals – Team Profile

PAKISTAN : WORLD CITIZENSHIP COMPETITION

Team Epi-C- Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute , Topi Pakistan

Project Epi-C

Epi-C is an app for the Windows 8 Phone that has two main parts: / 1. A fall detection part which uses a custom fall detection algorithm to detect falls, it then plays an on spot alarm so that nearby people can be notified, it also sends the victim’s GPS coordinates to predefined people (such as guardians or emergency services) so that help can arrive as soon as possible. / 2. A portable EEG, the NeuroSky Mindwave, which is connected via bluetooth to a Windows 8 Phone and constantly records the patient’s brainwaves, these can then be uploaded to the cloud on the press of a button, so that doctors and therapists can get information which is extremely useful in neurological disorders.

What They Learned

We learnt a lot from this year’s Imagine Cup, teamwork, dedication, staying up till 6am in the morning, laughing together hysterically, and in short how fun it can be to make something that can actually help people.

Project Screenshots

 

Last year the team who won the national finals were from NUST SEECS.  All team members were from my class.

 

FROM THE TEAM

The idea for our app came when we learned about epileptic children, due to the onset of sudden unpredictable sizures, they have to be constantly monitored which severely limits their freedom and can lead to lack of independence and social anxiety, we thought instead of parents constantly worried about children having an unexpected seizure and falling, we could use a mobile phone, a powerful computing device that millions already have in their pockets, to detect falls and inform the parents or guardians. / Also, epilepsy is one of the least understood of medical disorders, so we included an EEG device in our app which monitors brainwaves, this brainwave data can be extremely useful for research purposes and in the future can be even used to predict seizures.

“With EPI-C we plan to reach out to people vulnerable to falls, and help them lead an independent life, and not worry about restricting their personal freedom, we hope to make EPI-C a complete telehealth experience in the future” / -Suleman Kazi Team EPI-C

 

 

(Contents Copied from http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/teamepi-c#?fbid=rnMcpB1h8oo)

 

Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS) in Punjab Pakistan

18 Jan

As I have already emphasized on the importance of the use of IT (Information Technology) in  agriculture Pakistan for

1-Awareness of the farmer from cultivation to harvesting

2-Marketing of the crops afterwards

We have developed a mobile phone based information system for the farmers which use SMS as medium of communication. Our system focuses on the cheap delivery of the useful information for  farmers including seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and weather. We were unable to market our system. Although we wanted to work extend this system.

 

Now I am very glad that Punjab Government jointly with Punjab Information Technology Board  Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS).

Purpose of Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS) is to disseminate prices of agriculture commodities prices from 135 markets located across the province of Punjab. In 2010, Agriculture Department of Punjab decided to enhance the service by collecting international agricultural commodity prices and publishing these prices on AMIS. Exchange of Information across international exchanges and internal market places will enable AMIS to gain comparative analysis of local and international commodity prices and will also provide benefit to traders, exporters and other stakeholders. All the enhancements in AMIS have been made live effective 15th June, 2011.

Salient Features

  • Real time conversion of international commodity prices from U.S Dollars and Indian Rupee to Pak Rupee.
  • Storing closing prices of all agricultural commodities for historical reporting.
  • Improved reporting (tabular and graphical) of international commodity prices.
  • Publishing international commodity prices in Urdu language.

You can access AMIS here

 

It is very positive development in Pakistan. These type of systems and services are already working effectively in the World. Hope that this project may not victim of government inefficiency and dishonesty.

 

Some of my text is copied here

In next coming posts I will deeply go through the features and benefits of this AMIS.

Farming Life Cycle: Steps a farmer performs and what information is required at each step?

14 Nov

FARMING STEPS

A farmer performs following eight major steps from crop selection to harvesting:

  1.  Crop Selection
  2.  Land Preparation
  3.  Seed Selection
  4.  Seed Sowing
  5.  Irrigation
  6.  Crop Growth
  7.  Fertilizing
  8.  Harvesting

The steps are also shown in Fig. 1.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Farmers typically rely on following sources of information:

  1. Agriculture department of provincial government.
  2. Fellow farmers.
  3. Field agents of seed, pesticide and fertilizer companies.
  4.  TV and radio programs.
  5. Newspapers.

CHALLENGES AND ROADBLOCKS IN INFORMATION FLOW

Farmers typically face following challenges in receiving timely and personalized information:

  1.  Farmer has to travel to offices of agricultural department for information.  This is a costly and time consuming activity.  Availability of government officials is unpredictable.
  2. Radio or TV programs are broadcast at a predefined schedule which may or may not be convenient for the farmer.  Information should be available to the farmer on demand and should be personalized to his needs. Majority of farmers in villages either do not have access to newspapers or lack of education makes their access limited.
  3. Most of the information broadcast may not be specific to a farmer’s needs.
  4. Fellow farmers do not have the best or most up to date knowledge.
  5. Field agents of pesticide or seed companies are unable to pay frequent and timely visits to all farmers.

INFORMATION REQUIRED BY THE FARMERS

Farmers need information at each step form crop selection to harvesting. Information required by the farmers at each of these steps is presented next.

1 Crop Selection

  • Comparative pricing of different crops. For some crops government releases prices of the crop at the time of seeding.
  • Market demand and sale potential of the crop.
  • Budget required for the cultivation of each crop.
  • Feasibility of the crop considering climate and quality of land.
  • Crop productivity compared with other alternatives.

2 Land Preparation

  • Effects of any disease from the previous cultivation and steps needed to minimize this impact.
  • Fertilizers needed to bring land to its normal fertility depending upon the previous crops and fertilizer used.
  • Layout and design of the field with respect to crop for efficient irrigation.
  • Latest techniques for leveling the fields and their cost.

3 Seed Selection

  • Price and quantity needed per acre
  • Average yield and sprout to sown ratio.
  • Suitability to particular area and climate.
  • Water requirement.
  • Resistance to diseases.
  • Location of distribution offices for the seed.

4 Seed Sowing

  • Appropriate time to sow the seed.
  • Optimal weather conditions at sowing time.
  • Best method for the sowing of seeds.
  • Seed sowing depth.

5 Irrigation

  • Critical time for irrigation.
  • Amount of water to be given to the plants.
  • Frequency of irrigation.

6 Crop Growth

  • Number of plants per unit of area. At times more than optimum number of seeds sprouts are planted in a given area. Farmers must reduce density for healthy growth of plants.
  • Average growth rate of the crop in normal conditions.
  • Comparison of crop growth rate, leaf size, crop color etc. with expected growth for given conditions and input.
  • Interventions needed to maintain expected growth.
  • Frequency, quantity and method for fertilization.
  • Proper time, frequency and method for plowing.
  • Proper time, frequency and method for weeding.
  • Expected pest and virus attacks, symptoms of such attacks, precautionary measure that can be taken in advance to avoid these attacks, immediate actions including pesticide to be used to kill pests and viruses, quantity of pesticide to be used per acre,  most effective method for pesticide spray, avoid health issues related to pesticide spray.

7 Harvesting

  • Proper time and method for harvesting.
  • Comparative market rates.
  • Proper crop storage.
  • Cost of transportation.

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How to write in Urdu from your computer without having Urdu keyboard ?

11 Nov

Today I am going to tell you a very interesting thing. I learned it after much efforts so I think that it should be shared with all Urdu lovers.

The most easy and comfortable way is to install Google Transliteration. There is difference between translation and transliteration. You can download it from here link

 

 

 

When you installed Google Transliteration Input Tool, you will see a language bar at the right side of your task bar. You can select Urdu from the options as shown below

 

 

Congratulations you have done it successfully. Now if you type in Roman Urdu text will be converted into Urdu Font.

E.g   if you type “main” it will be converted into “میں “ automatically .

Some people have Urdu keywords printed on their keyboards along with English. The people who have Urdu keyboards can type Urdu easily by changing computer’s language to Urdu. You can see below

Go to Start->Control Panel->Region and Language->Keyboards and Languages->Change Keyboards->General->Add->Urdu->Ok

Then get language bar on your task bar and select Urdu.

 

If you have any difficulty in setting Urdu at your PC I am open for help. Contact me through comments.

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قومی شاعر کیا ہوتا ہے ہم اور ہمارے قومی شاعر؟

9 Nov

قومی شاعر کیا ہوتا ہے ہم اور ہمارے قومی شاعر

آج ٩ نومبر ہے یعنی حضرت علامہ اقبال (رح) کی پیدائش کا دن ہے . اقبال ہمارے قومی شاعرہیں . یوں تو قومی شاعر وہ ہوتا ہے جس کی سوچ اور فلسفہ اس قوم کی انفرادی اور مجموعی زندگی میں نمایاں ہو – قومی شاعر کے خیالات اس قوم کے لیے مشعل راہ ہوتے ہیں – قومی شاعر کے فلسفے پر چل کر قوم دنیا میں اپنا ایک مقام بناتی ہے –

اب بات ہو جائے ہمارے پاکستان کی . کبھی ہم نے سوچا ہے کہ ہم نے بطور ایک قوم اپنے قومی شاعر کو کیا مقام دیا ہے . ہمارے قومی شاعر کا نام تو ہر کوئی ہی جانتا ہے کیونکہ ہم لوگوں کو اول کلا س سے ہی یہ پڑھانا شروع کر دیا جاتا ہے کے پاکستان کس نے بنایا اور ہمارے قومی شاعر کون ہیں لیکن ہمیں کبھی بھی یہ نہیں بتایا گیا کہ قومی شاعر ہوتا کون ہے اور اسے قومی شاعر کیوں کہتے ہیں .

ہماری قوم نے نے تو اقبال کو صرف کتابوں کی حد تک رکھا ہوا ہے – ہر سال بعد اقبال کی سالگرہ پر پورے ملک میں چھٹی کر دی جاتی ہے اور دو چار چوٹی موتی تقریبات سے ہی کم چلا لیا جاتا ہے . آج ہم لوگوں کو اس دن یہ عزم کرنا ہوگا کہ ہم علامہ اقبال کو پڑھ کر اور انکا فلسفہ سمجھ کر اپنے آپ کو بلند کرنا ہوگا جس کا اقبال بار بار ذکر کرتے رہے .

خودی کو کر  بلند  اتنا کہ  ہر تقدیر   سے   پہلے

خدا بندے سے خود پوچھے بتا تیری رضا کیا ہے

اگر ایران والے اقبال کو پڑھ کر اور سمجھ کر اپنی صفیں درست کر سکتے ہیں تو ہم کیوں نہیں .

Problems of Agriculture Pakistan and Solution

8 Nov

Pakistan’s high potential for producing food is an internationally established fact.  However, agriculture sector in Pakistan is facing significant challenges.  Some of these challenges are:

  1. Communication gap between farmers and agriculture information providers including agricultural advisories and product sellers
  2.  Shortage of water, power and capital

Fortunately, progress in mobile communication and information technology has the potential to provide significant support to farmers in surmounting these challenges.  Some of the technologies that can be leveraged include: Mobile communication and smart consumer devices like phones, PDA’s etc.

Integrated use of these technologies can lead to optimization of individual farmer’s operations as well as accurate estimation of total farm production at district and farm level. A number of efforts have been made to leverage mobile communication to assist farmers. These efforts have had mixed results. One of the key short comings in these efforts has been a lack of analysis and understanding of farmers’ end-to-end information flow requirements.

Mobile phone is the most common means of communication that is available to every farmer across the country. Most farmers have access to mobile phones (price range from Rs.2500-3500) and mobile network coverage is quite widespread in the country (up to 70% penetration). So the information delivery to the farmers through mobile phones is most likely to resolve the communication gap among farmers and agricultural advisories.

Information about weather, seeds, trusted pesticide and fertilizer suppliers, pesticide sprays, crop diseases and their solutions, comparative pricing of crops and inputs, balanced fertilizers and marketing techniques is the information most needed by the farmers.

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Pakistan vs India Aisa Cup Final Kabbadi 2012 Lahore

6 Nov
جب میں نے ٹیلی ویزن کی سکرین پر سری لنکا  اور افغانسستان کی ٹیموں کا مٹچ دیکھا تو مجے بھی اپنی اپنے گاؤں میں کھیلی جانے ولی کھیل کا براہ راست دیکھنے کا شوق ہوا . میرا گھر پنجاب سٹڈیم جہاں پر میچ  کھیلا جا رہا تھا صرف ٣٠ منٹ کی دور تھا . میں نے اپنے ماموں اور چھوٹے بھائی کو ساتھ لیا اور سٹڈیم کی جناب نکل پڑے . ہم جب وہاں پہینچے تو ایسا لگ رہا تھا ک جیسے سارا لاہور ہی سٹڈیم میں آیا ہوا ہے . بہرحال ہم نے موٹر کیکلے کو وائر لاق لگایا اور سٹڈیم کی جانب بڑھے . ہم کو سیدھے راستے سے اندر داخل ہونے کا موقع نا ملا تو ہم نے بھی دوسرے لوگوں کی طرح سٹڈیم کی دیوار پھلانگی 
پھر جب سٹڈیم میں داخل ہو کر میری پہلی نظر گرونڈ پر پڑی تو مجے ہر طرف لوگ ہی لوگ نظر آے . ایسا  لگ رہا تھا کے جیسے کوئی کرکٹ کے میچ کا فائنل ہو . تماشائی تو صرف ایک دوسرے کی طرف پہلے دیکھتے اور پھر شور مچاتے کے پاکستان کا پوانٹ ہوا ہے .لوگوں کو بیٹھنے تک کی جگہ نئی مل رہی تھی . لوگ ایک دوسرے کے قندوں کے اوپر سے دیکھنے کی کوشش کرتے 

میچ میں لوگوں کا ملا جولا  روجھان رہا کچھ لوگ تو کہتے کی صرف اور صرف پاکستان کو جیتنا چاہیے اور کچھ کہ رہے تھے کہ جو بھی جیتے لیکن گیم مزے کی ہو . وہاں میرے سمیت کچھ لوگوں کا وقت تو آگے والے لوگوں کا سر نیچے کرواتے کرواتے گزر گیا کیوں کہ اتنا ہجوم تھا کہ کچھ نظر نئی آ رہا تھا . کچھ لوگ فراخ دلی کا مظاہرہ کرتے اور کچھ آگے سے لڑنے لگ جاتے کچھ لوگوں کا گلہ نعرے لگا لگا کر خراب ہو رہا تھا . میچ برابر برابر ہی جا رہا تھا انڈیا کی ٹیم جو کہ عالمی کپ کی فاتح تھی اپنے فل فام میں دکھائی نئی دے رہی تھی . ایک مزے کی بات یہ تھی کے جب پاکستان کا کھلاڑی نمبر لے کر آتا تو سب کہتے کے اس کے جیسے کوئی نئی ہ لیکن جب انڈیا کا کھلاڑی نمبر لیتا تو کافی سارے لوگ یے کہنے لگ جاتے کے میچ بک ہے . میچ کے مہمان   خصوصی انڈین پنجاب کے نائب وزیرے
آعلی تھے
 لاہور والوں کی تو آج عید ہی لگ رہی تھی اور میچ بھی لوگ بغیر پیسوں کے دیکھنے کو مل رہا تھا . کبڈی پنجاب کا روایتی کھیل ہے .جو کے پہلےصرف دیہاتوں تک محدود تھا اب اس قسم کے مقابلوں کی وجہ سے ہر گھر میں دیکھا جانے لگا ہے جس میں بہت سارا کریڈٹ انڈیا
کے سردار بھاہیوں کو جاتا ہے .  میچ جاری تھا ور سکور ہو گیا تھا پاکستان ٣٦ اور انڈیا ٣١ -لوگوں میں اضطراب بڑھاتا جا رہا تھا ایسے میں ہی میچ میں ایک لڑائی سی شروع ہو گی . انڈیا کے کوچ کو بار بار گرونڈ میں آنے پر ریڈ کارڈ دیکھا دیا گیا اور اسی پر انڈیا کی ٹیم نے احتجاج کے طور پر کھلاڑیوں کو روکھنا چھوڑ دیا . اس طرح میچ کا فیصلہ پاکستان کے حق میں دے دیا گیا . کافی سارے لوگ اس بات پر خوش نا تھے لیکن پاکستان کے جیتنے کی خوشی میں بھنگڑا ڈالنے اور سٹڈیم کی چھت سے پھلانگ کر کھلاڑیوں کے ساتھ جا ملے . ایسے میں پنجاب پولیس بےبس نظر آئ .

The positive thing of this match that I realized was the respect and love for the Indian team this time. People also loved the Kabbadi and cheered for each and every point of the match.

This is my first article and I wrote it only the love I have for Kabbadi. I loved the Kabbadi when I used to be in village and now I feel proud that this game is being watched in many homes especially in Punjab.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM FOR YEAR 2013

3 Nov

Foreign Scholarships(Master’s, Ph.D) Pakistan Government

The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) has assigned the task of conducting the GRE (Local) Subject wise test to the National Testing Service (NTS) for the subject scholarships.

Applications are invited for study abroad under the Cultural Exchange Scholarships Programme for the year 2013 for Master’s and Ph.D studies in various subjects. The scholarships are expected from China, Turkey, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Mexico, Greece, Russia, South Korea and Italy. The donor countries provide tuition fee, free accomodation and reasonable monthly stipend.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

The candidates must have completed Sixteen Years Education that must hold four (04) years B.Sc (Hons) Agriculture , B.Sc (Engg), BCS (Hons), MBBS or Master Degree in the relevant field.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Maximum age limit is 35 years on the closing date of applications.

  1. Applicants having more than one second division in their academic career are not eligible to apply.
  2. Attested copies of each supporting document (Matric to onward) including domicile certificate, must be sent with the application. The professional degree holders B.Sc Engg / MBBS, B.Sc(Hons) Agriculture should submit detailed marks certificate of each year.
  3. The scholarships are awarded on merit determined on the basis of NTS Test score, observing Provincial/ Regional quota as per Govt. rules.
  4. The candidates will have to take Language Course of the respective country (if applicable).
  5. Students awaiting results are not eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1.  Application forms and online deposit slips are available on our website http://www.nts.org.pk
  2. Applications must be received by NTS not later than 07-11-2012.
  3. NTS will not be responsible for late receipt of applications sent through post.
  4. Please deposit online through the prescribed deposit slip in the online branches of ABL, UBL, MCB or HBL. Application form and online deposit slip are available on NTS website.
  5. Candidates are required to send their applications to NTS Headquarters, Islamabad on prescribed forms along with online deposit slip (original).
  6. Candidates are not allowed to bring cell phone to the examination center.
  7. Deposited amount is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  8. Applications submitted in person will not be entertained.
Test Schedule
 Last Date for Submission of Applications :
Wednesday, 7th November, 2012
 Test Date :
Sunday, 2nd December, 2012

 

To download Application Form “Click Here”

PAPER DIVISION:

To download Paper Division  “Click Here”

Please send your applications on the address given below :

National Testing Service (NTS) Pakistan
96, Street No. 04, Sector H-8/1, Islamabad

Website: http://www.nts.org.pk
UAN: 111 687 000

Reference: http://www.nts.org.pk/NTSWeb/CulturalBangla2013/Cultural2013.htm

Improvement in Agriculture Pakistan using Mobile Phone Networks

3 Nov

Pakistan is an agrarian economy and 70% of the economy is dependent upon agriculture. Pakistan loses 30-40% of its crops annually due to lack of awareness amongst the farmers and use of out-dated techniques. Information regarding seeds, weather, trusted pesticides, fertilizers, crop diseases and their solutions, comparative pricing of crops and marketing techniques are most needed by the farmers. Government agricultural staff and agents of seed/pesticide companies are unable to reach all the farmers to guide them about benefits of using quality seeds, expected diseases and their remedies. Therefore one of the major problems faced by Pakistani agriculture industry is the lack of information amongst the farmers due to the communication gap between the information provider and the farmer.

Today, mobile phones have penetrated throughout the rural areas and are available to most of the farmer across the country. Other mechanisms such as TV and radio programs do not match the schedule of farmers and newspapers are also not available in rural area. Hence, the information delivery in Urdu through mobile phones is most suitable for the farmers.

This problem can be solved by developing a system through which farmers can get the required information (especially about seeds) using mobile phones communicating directly with our system. System will be composed of mobile phones and a web portal. System will deliver information using two ways, first periodic broadcasts of seed information from web-portal through SMS on mobile phones of farmers depending upon the season. Second, farmer can query the system by sending names of the crops in SMS and our system will automatically reply with the available seed information of the crop. All information will be delivered in Urdu as well as English language which is comfortable for farmers.  Therefore, farmers will be able to get information on their mobile phones at a reasonable cost as compared to expenses incurred in travelling to agricultural offices. Moreover, wastage in time is also an issue that will be solved through this system.