Alumni Award 2017 announced for Dr Umar Saif Punjab IT Board’s achievements being recognized at home, abroad

Zubair Qureshi

Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr Umar Saif has won laurels not only in the country but also abroad for his achievements in various fields, especially for digitalizing ancient, rather redundant land record system in Punjab. In recognition of his services British Council has announced Alumni Award 2017 for this young officer of Punjab. He got this award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and contribution to society.
Umar Saif is a Pakistani computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is famous for his work on using ICT solutions for emerging-world obstacles. He is also the patron of Plan9, Pakistan’s leading startup incubator. It is often believed as one of the major forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan. Due to his all such efforts and contribution, he has been selected for the Alumni Award 2017 from British Council.
Earlier the government has also bestowed Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) on him in 2011. He has also been named one of the “500 Most Prominent Muslims in the World in 2015 and 2016”.
In Nov 2011, Dr Umar Saif was appointed the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Secretary IT of the Government of Punjab.
Saif’s work on indispensable technologies received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.

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