Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor Information technology Univerity (ITU) has joined the Cabinet of Punjab as the new advisor to the Chief Minister Shahbaz Shareef. This news came recently as the CM Punjab’s cabinet has seen the addition of more advisors.
In response to the major news Umar Saif responded via tweet:
Humbled to join the Cabinet of Punjab, with the status of the Advisor to the Chief Minister. pic.twitter.com/PfpXo8MAKw
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) November 28, 2016
Umar Saif is a Pakistani entrepreneur and computer scientist who has completed his academics from LUMS, Cambridge and MIT. Dr Saif was appointed the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Information Technology University (ITU), Punjab in 2013 where he is responsible for establishing the university and its courses. He has also received Sitara-e-Imtiaz, highest civil award by the government for his exceptional work.
Among other achievements to his name, he was the first 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.
As a vice chancellor, Dr Saif has launched many programs aimed at improving the services provided to the ordinary citizens including police, high-court, city district government, health and education, especially using smartphones. 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 helped bolster IT in Pakistan and his addition to the Cabinet of Punjab stimulates optimism regarding the growth of IT and ICT research and innovation in Punjab.