Google Funds Technology for the People Initiative at LUMS
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has launched a new Technology for the People Initiative (TPI) at LUMS, funded by Google Inc. The initiative aims to develop technology solutions that are relevant to the socio-economic context of Pakistan, in the domains of public policy, governance, citizen services and improvement in quality of life.
LUMS already has a portfolio of technology-oriented R&D projects. The goal of this initiative is to bring these activities on a single platform, to leverage their synergies for multiplier effect, and to initiate new projects in these domains.
The Department of Computer Science at LUMS hosted an event on April 19, 2012, to launch the Technology for the People Initiative. The event attracted the attention of media groups, the blogging community, individuals from the industry and many faculty members who were all present at the launch.
Dr. Sohail Qureshi, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) welcomed the audience and explained his views on the initiative. Dr. Qureshi's welcome address was followed by a presentation by Dr. Sohaib Khan, Chair of the Department of Computer Science at LUMS. Dr. Khan showcased past projects completed by the TPI team, including mapping of socio-economic indicators, judicial record keeping in lower courts, disaster management and water management in canals. "We are excited to be launching this new initiative, where we can leverage technology to create real value for the citizens," he said.
"We're pleased to be supporting this new initiative focused on technological solutions to social issues in Pakistan," said William Fitzgerald, of the Public Policy and Government Affairs team at Google, speaking at the launch of TPI.
The event concluded with a few words from Dr. Adil Najam, Vice-Chancellor, LUMS, who spoke about other initiatives at LUMS that link Internet to diverse areas such as Law and Social Sciences.
TPI will also be part of a larger LUMS initiative on Internet and the Society, which aims to encourage activities and research across the University for better utilisation of cyberspace for the country's development.