It is reported that Dr. Umar Saif, is now the part of Cabinet of Punjab. Umar Saif is actually Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU). The news came across saying that he has been appointed as new advisor to the Chief Minister Shabaz Shareef. The news was confirmed by Umar Saif who responded via tweet:
Dr. Umar Saif has a rich academic background. He has been student at LUMS, Cambridge and MIT. He completed his studies and became an entrepreneur and computer scientist. His ultimate success started when he joined the Information Technology University (ITU), Punjab as Vice-Chancellor in 2013. Over there Dr. Umar Saif worked to establish university and its courses. His works just is not limited to that but he has launched many programs to improve the services provided to the ordinary citizens including police, high-court, city district government, health and education, especially using smart phones.
In collaboration with Google, he led the development of Punjab Innovation Policy and launched Plan-9, Pakistan’s first and largest public-sector startup incubator. Dr Saif has also helped bolster IT in Pakistan. Though his achievements cannot be defined by awards still they show his success. He is the first ever Pakistani in top 35 of young innovators in the world (TR35) by MIT Technology Review and also to receive Google Faculty Research Award in 2011.
Sitarta Imtiaz is one if his biggest achievement of life. This is not an ordinary award. It is presented to someone who does something unique and extraordinary. Dr.Saif is one of those people in Pakistan who deserve this award. H addition to the Cabinet of Punjab stimulates optimism regarding the growth of IT and ICT research and innovation in Punjab.
Dr. Saif is one of those people who make their name by working hard day and night. Success comes to those who strive for it. There is a long journey of success waiting ahead. We wish he climbs more ladders and we congratulate him for this his success from core of our hearts.