World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 2015 was celebrated by Department of Telecommunication Engineering, MUET, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan on May 17th 2015.

WTISD (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day) is an annual event of ITU (International Telecommunication Unit) celebrated on May 17th every year with the collaboration of ITU at Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Mehran UET, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan as part of international ITU celebrations around the Globe. This Mega Event provide us an opportunity to bring together a uniquely comprehensive audience from academia and technology industry across the country. This Year is special for the Department of Telecommunication Engineering, MUET, as it is the ITU’s 150th celebration. We are highly thankful to ITU and Mobilink Pakistan as co-sponsor for enabling us organize the event. Key happening of the event was a highly motivational and thought provoking. The talk by a guest speaker from technology industry and dignitaries from academia and telecommunication industry along with students of the university attended the event.

Yet another highlight of this event was display of video reports from member states and other stakeholders all over the world during ITU’s 150th celebration held in Geneva. It is an honor for us that a video report of event celebrated in MUET was displayed on the same day in mega ITU Event held in Geneva.

The theme for this year’s ITU 150th celebration was “Telecommunications and ICTs: drivers of innovation”.

Senate Hall of Main Administration Building of MUET hosted the event on May 17, 2015. Chief Guest of the event was Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering Science and Technology, Nawabshah, Sindh along with the Guest of Honor who was Engr. Prof. Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor of ISRA University Hyderabad. Key note speaker (Mr. Waqas Ahmad) was a highly dynamic and forward looking professional from the technology industry, who came all the way from Islamabad. Other Guests included senior professionals from Mobilink, Ufone, Zong, warid, Szabist, Coca Cola and various Social organizations.

Program was hosted by Engr. Rizwan Ali Shah, an aspiring young professional and faculty member of Department of Telecommunication Engineering, MUET with short introduction of the event to be celebrated in relation to ITU’s annual theme. Event was opened with the recitation of Quran by Engr. Riaz Soomro. Opening remarks and welcome speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, Dean FEECE, MUET.

It was followed by a highly inspirational key note talk in relevance to ITU’s annual theme by Mr. Waqas Ahmad in a very interactive fashion. Talk was focused towards “Building the right brain power” to convert the ideas into innovation through the use of technology. Various areas of interest for enabling academia to produce professionals with high end capability of generating new ideas and converting them into profitable propositions were highlighted during the talk. All the guests and audience realized the importance of learning the necessary skills needed to drive innovation through the use of Telecom and ICT technologies. Most interesting part of the talk was the way it was being delivered and the core message for all participants was “letting your thoughts and intelligence have fun” by thinking freely about common problems and improving lives in innovative ways through the use of Telecom. and ICT.

In the end, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry decorated chief guest and key note speaker with traditional Sindhi Ajrak and Cap, reflecting one of the rich cultures of Pakistan. Chief guest, key note speaker, guest of honor and professionals from industry were also presented with beautifully designed plaques. Closing remarks and note of thanks was delivered by Engr. Nafeesa zaki, Chairperson, Department of Telecommunication Engineering, MUET, which was followed by a networking and open discussion lunch.

Engr. Rizwan Ali Shah
Lecturer, Telecommunication Department, MUET.

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