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Pakistan bags three gold, six silver awards at APICTA 2016

Updated Dec 06, 2016 12:29pm


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─Photo courtesy of Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES
─Photo courtesy of Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES

Pakistan won three gold awards and six silver awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2016 ceremony held in Taipei, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced Monday.

The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) is an international awards program that aims to increase information and communication technology (ICT) awareness in the community, and provides networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.

Leading the way with the golds were a young team of students from National University for Sciences and Technology (NUST), who won the award for their project, 'Clinical Decision Support System for Diagnosis of Movement Disorders'.

Another group of students from NUST, who also bagged a gold award, for its Research and Development project called 'Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Image for CDSS'.

The students collaborated with various organisations such as the international non-profit Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

To bring innovation by Pakistani IT companies to the forefront, P@SHA took a delegation of 41 people to Taipei for the 16th annual APICTA Awards, a four-day event.

From Pakistan, 28 teams competed against 236 teams from 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region and were judged by more than 60 tech professionals.

The regional awards ceremony invited applications from 17 economies, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and Pakistan.

Jehan Ara, president of P@SHA, said, “P@SHA showcases the true potential and diverse talent of the ICT industry in Pakistan time and again".

P@SHA prepares technology professionals from Pakistan "to compete and win against companies and products that are deemed the best in the region",

Ara added that all credit goes to the hard work put in by these teams and the efforts of mentors and judges who have been working with them individually since October.

P@SHA was founded in 1992 and has a large membership, comprising more than 450 of the country’s largest software houses, product development centers, BPO companies, Animation & New Media studios and consulting & system integration companies. The organisation's main objective is to promote and develop the software and services industry in Pakistan and to protect the rights of its members.


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Comments (25) Closed

JAi Dec 05, 2016 09:50pm

Where is USA / IND the power house of ICT.

tipu singh Dec 05, 2016 09:53pm

Pakistan will become a IT superpower in the world within few days with the help of CPEC.

Maarige Munir Awan Dec 05, 2016 10:15pm

Weldone NUST. ... Weldone Pakistan. ...

S. A. M. Dec 05, 2016 10:31pm

this is such a beautiful news. many many congratulations to all the participating teams from pakistan and particularly to the winners. many thanks to Jehan Ara for promoting our IT at such great platforms.

zak Dec 05, 2016 10:57pm

Pakistan is making its mark on the international stage. Its a matter of time when we reach the no 1 slot in IT in the region.

Nostalgia Dec 05, 2016 11:57pm

well done!!

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 06, 2016 12:53am

Proud of you. Well done!

The_Truth Dec 06, 2016 01:08am

Wow! BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENT. Media should highlight these achievement in public so that they can be aware of these programmes. TV sectors should report highly on education.

Loyal Citizen Dec 06, 2016 01:43am

WOW. Way to go Pakistan.

Huma Dec 06, 2016 06:27am

Mashallah, may we compete in such educational grounds always ameen and bring glory to pakistan

Farah Dec 06, 2016 07:10am

Keep it up comrades!

Sohail Khan Dec 06, 2016 07:47am

Keep Making us proud. Congratulations. Pakistan zindabad

Good Point Dec 06, 2016 08:07am


aTHER NASEER Dec 06, 2016 08:14am


Azhar Dec 06, 2016 08:39am

Well done...

sajawal Dec 06, 2016 10:33am

well done college of EME, NUST

sajawal Dec 06, 2016 10:33am

always feels proud as a nust student

SALMAN ALI Dec 06, 2016 12:36pm

A positive step forward. Hope we retain this talent within Pakistan.

sthf Dec 06, 2016 01:11pm

@JAi US is busy creating the next Uber, Apple and Google. India is busy creating next TCS, Flipkart or Paytm. You don't earn $100 billion in IT export just that easily.

Wajih Uddin Qidwai Dec 06, 2016 01:15pm

Excellent and Congratulation to all teams

ehsan Dec 06, 2016 05:25pm

thats the ground where we need to compete woth our rivals ; education and technology rather than arm race and political allegation trade. Well done boys, you people contributed towards nourishing a better soft image of pakistan at international fora. We owe you people.:-)

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 06, 2016 07:56pm

@tipu singh Dost mocking is not good, esp when you have 600 million of poor. Indian who have basic toilet to defecate and no access to drinking clean water. Always love to India always and always, but no love to anyone who creates hate between our two beautiful families. Shanti.

Congrats friends yehhh!! So proud of all the Pak apicta winners. Thank you. We have all the potential just need good leadership.

Patriot Dec 06, 2016 10:36pm

@JAi Not sure about USA but india might not be able to qualify.

MHB Dec 07, 2016 09:36am

Nice work

Chelfls Dec 07, 2016 04:23pm


well said ehsan.

education is the only tool to achive everything.

all the best.