SKARDU: Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Naeem Khan, the University of Baltistan (UoBS) is promoting local potential and talent in a multidimensional series of activities at and beyond campus. Some of the recent activities include national cherry festival, workshop on artiﬁcial intelligence and information security, seminar on collective action for knowledge economy with technology.
National cherry festival
Department of Tourism and Hospitality UoBs celebrated National Cherry Festival in collaboration with Khashal Agri- tourism park on June 23, 2019. The festival was held at Khashal Agri-tourism park in Ghowari District Gangche, Agriculture department was collaborating with Khashal and University of Baltistan. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan presided the event and Deputy Commander 323 Brigade Col. Ibrar was the chief guest.
Faculty members, staff, students of UOBs, attended the festival at Khashal Park Ghowari, with a large number of participants from different parts of Baltistan. Addressing the ceremony, speakers highlighted that the objective of the event was to promote and extend agri-tourism business ideas for entrepreneurship skills and provide opportunities for agricultural and rural development.
The festival can contribute in the beauty of the region producing and cultivating maximum agricultural products and marketing these products, that will consequently improve income and hence wellbeing of farmers. This event was the ﬁrst of its nature in Gilgit- Baltistan. The speakers also highlighted ‘peace’ in the region as one of the major factors of tourist attraction.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan talking on the objectives of the event highlighted the cause to make the allotted land of the university green. He said that certain festivals can promote the image of the region in every arena. The Chief Guest of the event Col. Ibrar said agri-tourism is one of the most important industries that we have to develop in this region so that the people of this region could get help in development of economy and life standards. On this occasion renowned poets of Baltistan, Prof Hashmat Kamal Ilhami and Ehsan Ali Danish shared their poetry on Cherry and Aagri-tourism.
WorKshop on AI and information security
Department of Mathematics and department of Computer Science together organized a workshop on “Understanding Mathematics with artiﬁcial intelligence and information Security” on 26-27 June 2019. Renowned professor Dr. Tasswar Hayat (Hi), Chairperson of Mathematics department Quaid-e- azam University presented his talk as key note speaker. Dr. Mehtab afzal, from university of Lahore and Mr. Hasnat ali, Capital university of Science and Technology Islamabad delivered talks on different aspects of artiﬁcial intelligence and information security.
The topics covered by different presenters in this workshop were: Mathematical Modeling and utilization; Computer Vision, Multimedia Video extraction; information Security; Cloud Computing, Fog Computing; Mathematical simulation from natural phenomena; application of Calculus in real World.
In the inaugural session while giving the welcome speech, director academics, Dr. Zakir said that UoBs is a new born digital native with smart online Campus Management System (CMS). The founding registrar of the university later Dr Irshad was the pioneer. The director shared salient points of AI in light of an article of his own published in 1994.
He also shared a scientiﬁc poetry titled “I am electron” that was also published. Prof. Dr. Tasawur Hayat applauded the potentials and talents of the young faculty of UoBS. Prof. tasawur expressed his hopes that this new university can grow so rapidly that it can be in leading position within years.
All the presenters appreciated the engaged participation and quality of questions in question answer session that reﬂected the understanding and talents of the students. The host presenters Dr. Munawer Abbas, Dr. Zakir Qamer, Mr. Jawad Usman Arshad and Mr. Imtiaz also presented their papers. Faculty members, students of Mathematics and Computer Science from public School and College, girls degree College and degree College for Boys also participated the session.
Seminar on ‘’Collective action for knowledge economy with technology’’
A seminar on ‘’Collective Action for Knowledge Economy with Technology’’ was held at University of Baltistan, skardu. Guest speaker ex-VC UVAS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nawaz graced the session transforming wealth of knowledge to the students and the faculty of the varsity. VC Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan, Registrar Waseemullah Jan, Controller examination Dr. Ghulam Raza, Director Academics Dr. Zakir Hussain, all HODs, faculty members and students of the university attended the session. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan expressed the welcome speech thanking the guest speaker for ensuring his presence in the session.
The Guest speaker said that awareness about the uses and abuses of the technology has paramount significance in the current era known as the era of information technology. He further said when the use of technology is clear to all the strata of the society then it can be said that every problem is solved smoothly in present era.
Baltistan University has been organizing seminars and conferences to give maximum exposure to the students and faculty to promote the sense of educational and research culture in the university. UOBS will lead the students and faculty research and quality education by getting expertise and intellectual and professional experiences of the competent scholars of the country and from the international educational community who visit Baltistan and can spare time for talks at university
Transcript launching ceremony
The inaugural session of transcript launching was followed by the seminar on collective action for knowledge economy with technology. University of Baltistan launched its academic transcript with special security unique features. Controller of examination Dr. Ghulam Raza shared the salient features of the official original transcript of University of Baltistan. Transcripts of initial 30 serial numbers were granted to graduates in this ceremony.
The salient features of transcript were: UoBS name added in rare Yige (agay) Balti Script, digital veriﬁcation features, Special QR Code for scanning g special paper from Security printing press, GPA, CGPA, Percentage and quality points of marks, picture id, CNIC # id, entry in HEC’s Pakistan Qualiﬁcation Register (PQR) and Veriﬁable online. The ﬁrst transcript distribution ceremony of UOBs was held at the university Anchan campus auditorium.
UoBS sign MoU with NUST
In a graceful ceremony held at NUST’s Rector’s Office, the Rector Lt-General (r) Naweed Zaman and UOBS Vice- Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan signed an MoU. Pro-Rector (Academics) Dr Asif Raza, pro-Rector (RiC) Dr Nassar ikram and UOBs PD engr. Muhammad Idrees, along with principal officers of NUST, were also present on the occasion. NUST is the top ranking university in Pakistan and amongst 500 in world ranking.
It has opened the doors for newly established Baltistan University, and taken the new varsity under its wings for patronage in research and knowledge generation. As per the accord signed, both the universities have agreed to launch a joint research support programme and collaboration in the ﬁeld of faculty training, student exchange, summer schools, artiﬁcial intelligence & robotics, glaciology, tourism, business incubation, minerals and others.
The UOBs students shall have access to NUST laboratories and placement in courses in winter vacations. The progress of the joint venture shall be monitored by both the Rector NUST & UOBs VC in the follow-up progress meetings held after every six months. UOBs Vice-Chancellor prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan thanked the NUST rector for providing extensive cooperation to UOBS situated in a strategically important region of Baltistan, in the wake of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the gateway of Himalayan Glaciers.
UoBS pays convivial tribute to young international boxer Usman Wazir
UOBS pays convivial tribute to the young international Boxer Mr. Usman Wazir. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan cordially congratulated to the Mr. Usman Wazir and his family for winning the National Boxing Champion 2019 and appointed him as Honorary Boxing Couch at the university.
The VC further said that Mr. Usman is one of the young heroes of the nation especially the hero of GB who at very young age earned fame that UOBS is truly proud of him. Chairman standing Committee Mr. Ashraf Sada also congratulated Mr. Usman and his family for such a tremendous achievement. Mr. Usman Wazir talking to the audience thanked the university management for giving great love and respect for him. He said this is the success of every young boy of GB who loves him and possesses strong will power.
He said as human beings we have both the ways, either to sit idle or to get fame and dignity. He entertained the audience telling them about the hardship and experiences he encountered in the journey of world boxing champion. Father of Mr. Usman Wazir, Mr. Wazir tajwar addressing to the audience paid gratitude to university management for giving cordial love and respect to his son.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem presented research paper entitled “Potential of mountaineering & eco-tourism in Baltistan” as key note speaker at ‘’International Conference on Mountaineering & eco- tourism” at KIU, Hunza Campus, GB. His excellency, Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, Governor GB, was the Chief Guest.
The concluding session of the conference was graced by the Chancellor KIU and UOBS. In his presentation, Prof. Naeem highlighted the enormous potentials of tourism in Baltistan and role of University to tap the potentials in all domains of tourism; adventure tourism, cultural tourism, mountaineering, agri- tourism and eco-tourism opportunities.