Karachi, April 30th, 2018: Sindh Research Incubation Centre, executed by Institute of Business Administration Karachi and funded by Information, Science & Technology Department welcomed its first batch in its Ceremony for Seed Capital Distribution in which seed capital for each Startup was given in this ceremony. Total 8 Teams out of hundreds of application were selected for the year-long Incubation program at IBA Karachi City Campus. This Ceremony was headed by Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro, Special Assistant to CM for Information Science & Technology, Government of Sindh in the presence of Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean & Director, IBA Karachi, Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT, IBA Karachi, Mr. Agha Zaheeruddin, Secretary, Information Science & Technology, Government of Sindh, Muhammad Yousuf, Director General, Information Science & Technology, Government of Sindh and other dignitaries from public and private sector.
While addressing the ceremony, Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Information Science & Technology said, Sindh Research Incubation Centre, this project is not just another project by Information, Science & Technology Department, Government of Sindh but part of our manifesto to promote entrepreneurship culture in our young population so they may play their part in the prosperity of the Province and get it a distinctive standing in the global economy. He further added, this collaboration between Centre for Information & Communication Technology, IBA Karachi and Information, Science and Technology Department, Government of Sindh would help young and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing those opportunities to ensure sustainable growth for their ideas to create commercially viable technology startups.
Mr. Imran Batada while presenting the welcome note congratulated the startups selected after a rigorous evaluation process and said, Sindh Research Incubation Centre will provide talented and promising startups from the Sindh region a quality incubation programs, access to mentor and investor networks, world-class facility and technical resources. This 12-month program is focused on trainings where IT startups are mentored by experts and thought leaders from the industry. The state of the art facility of IBA Karachi will fosters innovation, growth and provide seed capital as well."
Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean & Director, IBA Karachi concluded the ceremony and said, The Institute of Business Administration Karachi with the establishment of new centers and partnerships is now much more than a business school. Center for Information & Communication Technology is one of our specialized centers, established to serve the ICT sector of Pakistan. Entrepreneurship culture's importance to succeed in this era a much known phenomenon and Sindh Research Incubation Centre is a component to play our part in that phenomenon. I welcome all the startups and wish them my best for their duration here at IBA Karachi!
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April 3rd, 2018: Governor Sindh, Mr. Muhammad
Zubair inaugurated the 6th Pakistan CIO Summit & 4th IT Showcase
Pakistan 2018 with Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean & Director, IBA
Karachi, Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT, IBA Karachi and
other dignitaries from the ICT sector in attendance. Solutions
Inc in partnership with the Institute of Business Administration
(IBA) Karachi organized the event. The theme of the summit was 'CIOs
and the Challenges of Disruptive Technologies'.
While addressing the inaugural ceremony, Governor Sindh acknowledged the organizers for their meaningful contribution towards policy formulation and announced the launch of 3 diplomas offered by IBA-CICT on the subjects of Information Security, IS Audit and Big Data Analytics. “All these 3 subjects are complementing IBA’s tradition to offer new subjects and courses in the rapidly changing field of Information Technology.”
A brief session on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain was organized by Centre for Information & Communication Technology, IBA Karachi where Industry leaders and enterprising investors discussed the future of Pakistan’s financial Sector, innovative possibilities of blockchain, disruptive technologies and the transformative impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial landscape.
Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT, IBA Karachi and a keynote speaker at the summit explained that the IBA’s participation as Exclusive “Academic Strategic Partner” will provide a focus on the power of transformative technologies and how CIOs should re-shape the landscape of finance and investment to capitalize on a new era of wealth creation. A session on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain is a part of the IBA Karachi’s commitment to work for a better future and generating human resources in block chain technology.
Mr. Batada gave guidelines and highlighted major points to be considered by the universities specifically for the millennial students. He also shared best practices to be implemented in the universities and explained how to overcome challenges that universities are currently facing.
The summit was attended by more than 300 delegates including CIOs, IT Heads, C-Level Executives, IT Managers, Industry Experts, Decision Makers, Policy Makers and Academia. 16 companies from Pakistan plus UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, China and Switzerland participated in 4th IT Showcase Pakistan and presented their products and services to the attending delegates.
Mr. Imran Batada - Director ICT & CICT – IBA
Karachi was awarded the Living Legend Excellence Award for his
valuable contribution in the field of IT at the Ideal Excellence
Awards in IT - 2018 on March 14, 2018 at MovenPick Hotel
Every year, Ideal organizes events related Information and Technology with a goal to create strong linkages between Academia and Industry, increase awareness regarding modern technologies and recognize the Academicians who have contributed for the betterment of education.
With the support of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Speakers from the world leading IT solution providing companies, were invited in this Event and Excellencies were rewarded with "Ideal Excellence Award" and their Profile was decorated in Hall of fame.
Several Vice Chancellors, Senior Management, Deans and Directors have participated from across the country. President ECO Science Foundation, Member Monitoring & Evaluation Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and other Government Officials have also attended the Event.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Government of Sindh recognized and appreciated the efforts made by Mr. Imran Batada especially in Higher Education sector.
Jan 4, 2018: Institute of Business
Administration (IBA) Karachi and Solutions Inc. signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the participation of
IBA as Academic Strategic Partner for 6th Pakistan CIO Summit &
Expo. The MOU was signed by Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT &
CICT, IBA and Mr. Kamran Saeed, CEO, Solutions Inc.
The two organizations expressed their intention to work together to benefit ICT sector of Pakistan. IBA will also play a facilitator’s role in the selection of Speakers and would organize a 2 hour session based on Academia, Government and Industry linkage. IBA would also launch its series of Diplomas for C-Level Executives.
The objective of this MOU is to bring forth the potential of ICT sector and briefly discuss they disruption CIOs are facing these days. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT, IBA, congratulates the whole team of Pakistan CIO Summit and said, this is a good opportunity for both the organizations, IBA may take advantage of this platform to address the key issues faced by CIOs, what are the solutions for it and road to a successful innovation since Pakistan CIO Summit has a high impact factor. In addition, IBA will also help in the selection of the track, keynote speaker and moderation of event.
Chief Executive Officer Solutions Inc. expressing his pleasure
said, Partnership with organization such as IBA, a leader in
Education sector, will enable 6th Pakistan CIO Summit to address
more effective Summit track and will also facilitate the mutual
sharing of best practices and expertise. As IBA continues to
rank among the top Universities in the world, the valuable
exchange of professional knowledge shared in partnership with
institution like IBA will continually sharpen our goal towards
facilitating ICT sector of Pakistan.
6th Pakistan CIO Summit & Expo 2018 will be held on April 3rd, 2018 in Karachi.
Nov 18, 2017: Institute of Business
Administration in collaboration with National Vocational &
Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) under Prime Minister
Youth Development Program will train 200 underprivileged youth
in different courses like Web Designing, Multimedia & Graphic
Designing, Social Media Marketing and Accounting & Book Keeping.
IBA Karachi organized an Orientation ceremony for the batch of 2017-2018 on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at JS Auditorium at IBA City Campus.
On the occasion, Mr. Imran Batada - Director ICT & CICT congratulated the candidates who will be undergoing the training and highlighted that this Program will prove to be a life changing experience for them. He elaborated that after the culmination of the course, the candidates will be better equipped for the job market.
Chairman NAVTTC, Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema felicitated the IBA Centre of Information & Communication Technology on extending their support and informed the audience that skills being taught during the training are market-driven and will prove beneficial to candidates’ employability.
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Contract signing between IBA-Karachi and NAVTTC for Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Program 2017-18. Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT, IBA Karachi signed the contract.
IBA Karachi played a significant role in ITCN Asia 2017 as a Knowledge Partner. IBA Center of Information Communication Technology organized two conferences i.e. 'Challenges of Digital Security for Media' and 'Role & Importance of ICT in HEIs'.
Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT & CICT highlighted the areas of cyber security in the welcome speech of Challenges of Digital Security for Media. Acting US Consulate General Mr. John Warner was the chief guest of the event. "The US envoy; lauded the highly informative deliberations and technological innovations at Pakistan's biggest international exhibition and conference on information technology (IT) & telecommunications," it added.
The discussion for Challenges of Digital Security was moderated by Mr. Kamal Siddiqi - Director CEJ at IBA.
Many important points were discussed during this session including the pros and cons of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015(PECA) and how it affects the work of a journalist.
Role & Importance of ICT in HEIs conference was attended by a number of vice chancellors, registrar, senior management, faculty members and staff from across the country. Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT was the keynote speaker of the conference. He gave guidelines and highlighted immediate recommendation for the university. He also shared best practices to be implemented in the universities and explained how to overcome challenges that universities are currently facing. Dr. Shoro, Special Assistant to CM for Information Technology was the chief guest of the event.
IBA Center of Information Communication Technology (CICT) also signed various MoUs to help other universities in achieving their technology-goals. These institutions include: Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, IBA Sukkur, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Benazir Bhutto Medical College Larkana and Benazir Bhutto University Lyari
Karachi, July 27: Institute of Business
Administration with the active support of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed
Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) has trained over 450
underprivileged youth in different courses like Web Designing,
Web Development, Multimedia & Graphic Designing, IT
Entrepreneurship, Software Development and Office Automation.
In this regard IBA organized a certificates distribution ceremony on Thursday at JS Auditorium in IBA City Campus.
Provincial Minister of Education and Literacy Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Special Advisor to CM on Science & Information Technology Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro, Secretary BBSHRRDP Mr. Shariq Ahmed, Dean and Director of IBA, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal; Director of Information & Communication Technology, Mr. Imran Batada and other guests from IT sector participated in the event.
This year IBA also organized a symposium for the top rated projects of the students who took different IT courses in which CIOs and CEOs of different organizations took keen interest. This helped the students to demonstrate their projects before the industry experts and professionals which can result in better job opportunities for them.
IBA developed a documentary which showcased the whole training process as well as the efforts of trainers and students regarding the entire 4 months program. High achievers (top 3 students) from each class were invited on stage where the Chief Guest presented them their certificates and the highest percentage holder from each class also received an electronic tablet - which was the courtesy of the ceremony's sponsors: Commtel, and DWP.
On the occasion, Mr. Imran Batada - Director ICT & CICT congratulated all the students and also shared how they have been successful in changing the mindset of the students as few of the students came and were interested in joining IBA degree programs, a few of them got job, a few of them sold their final year projects. Recently IBA has also hired one resource from this batch.
Speaking on the occasion Provincial Minister of Education and Literacy Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said that this is indeed a great initiative under the umbrella of Sindh Government’s Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program that was initiated in the year 2008 and has provided training and education to the youth of Sindh to facilitate them for employment and curtail poverty.
The Program aims to provide opportunities for short-term employment and skill development to approximately 100,000 semi-literate and educated unemployed youth in Sindh for a period varying between 3 months to one year.
He said that his Government’s focus is on education and we are glad that IBA Centre of Information & Communication Technology has come forward for this program and trained 450 plus students in this batch alone. He said that he was very excited to know that, not only students have learned here but they also get internship and jobs.
Print Media Coverage
2. Daily Times
3. The Nation
4. Pakistan Observer
5. Pakistan Today
6. Daily Ummat
7. Associate Press of Pakistan (APP)
8. Pakistan Point
9. Pk Shafaqna
In order to highlight the significance of
Business Intelligence (BI) and demonstrate its application for
improving the decision making capability of senior managers of
public universities, 1 day session was held for Vice Chancellors
of Public Universities at Hotel Margalla, Islamabad on July 20,
2017. The session was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali who
underlined the significance of Information Technology for the
entire higher education sector during his opening remarks.
Specific to application of BI, he emphasized upon increasing the
utilization of BI tool which is already available to all
universities. He stressed upon utilizing these tools by
universities as these tools help Vice Chancellors and other
senior managers to improve their competence and accordingly they
can take timely and value-added decisions (strategic as well as
tactical) pertaining to improved governance of their respective
BI is a set of methods and techniques that are used by organizations including universities for tactical and strategic decision making. It can be integrated with any type of reliable data source available in the universities that includes MS Excel, MS Access etc. Its major objective is to enable easy access to data (and models) to empower business managers with the ability to conduct predictive analysis. Using the BI, the managers of universities can transform data into information and knowledge so that decision making capability can be improved. In short, BI is the tool for enabling data-driven governance and for universities it is instrumental for good governance.
During the session, above mentioned capabilities of BI were demonstrated through Oracle based Business Intelligence tool (OBIEE) and 'Power BI’ - tool that has been provided by Microsoft in its MSOffice 360 package. Power BI embedded with MSOffice 360 is already made available to all universities through Microsoft Education Alliance facilitated by HEC. During the session, the participants were made aware of this utility that at present is underutilized in public universities. Specific to this aspect, Mr. Anwar Amjad (HEC) stressed upon the need of utilization of IT tools including Power BI for which each university is already paying.
The session was attended by 38 senior managers including 24 Vice Chancellors/Pro-Vice Chancellors of 27 public universities across Pakistan. The execution of session was facilitated by Mr. Mahesh Ahuja (HEC) with the support of IT Division of HEC.
At the end of session, IT Division of HEC, represented by Ms. Aneela Tanveer and Muhammad Awais Javed presented the strategic roadmap of IT Division of HEC. They ensured IT Division’s commitment to provide continuous support to universities for infrastructure and application development/maintenance.
In his closing remarks, Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, pledged HEC’s continuous support to all universities where interest for automation exists. He also asked Vic Chancellor’s about their feedback on the session who categorically supported the idea and suggested similar sessions to be facilitated by HEC.
Executive Director, HEC also thanked Mr. Imran Batada for conducting this session without any charges. He also appreciated the services of Mr. Mahesh Ahuja who made every effort to ensure successfulness of session despite his service contract with HEC as IT Consultant is ended in June 2017.
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and
Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) regarding the participation of IBA as knowledge partner
for 17th ITCN Asia 2017- International Exhibition &
Conferences.The MOU was signed by Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT,
IBA and Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway
The two organizations expressed their objective to work together to benefit IT industry.
The objective of this MOU is to bring forth the potential of ICT sector, benefits of CPEC and provide a platform to startups to showcase their projects. Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT, IBA, congratulates the whole team of ITCN Asia and said, “This year again IBA is happy to collaborate with ITCN Asia to deliver, IBA may take advantage of this platform to showcase its startups and final year projects since ITCN have a high impact factor. In addition, IBA will also help ITCN in the conference for selection of the track, keynote speakers and moderation of event. This year we are also going to add two conferences in ITCN Asia; “CPEC and IT Industry of Pakistan” and “Challenges of Digital Security for Media”.
Mr. Umair Nizam, Vice President & Project Director- ITCN Asia, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt) ltd. expressing his pleasure said, “This is the second year of our collaboration with organization such as IBA, a leader in Education sector. This year ITCN Asia is being organized on a larger scale and because of CPEC a large number of foreign participation has been confirmed. IBA and ITCN Asia together aim to deliver more effective conferences and facilitate the mutual sharing of best practices and expertise to make this platform relevant and effective for the IT & Telecom Industry of Pakistan.
3. Pakistan Observer
The audience for this ceremony included trainers, students and other distinguished personalities including Dean and Director of IBA, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal; Director of Information & Communication Technology, Mr. Imran Batada; Our esteemed Chief Guest; Minister of Education and Literacy Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Guest of Honour Special Advisor to CM on Science & Information Technology Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro, Chairman BBSHRRDP, Air Marshal (R) Riazuddin Shaikh and Secretary BBSHRRDP Mr. Shariq Ahmed also joined the occasion.
An introduction of the organizations was given, followed by speeches from all the distinguished guests. In addition, a documentary - which was made specially for this purpose - was shown to the guests, which contained the thoughts and experience of the trainers, trainees and staff regarding the entire 4 months program and finally the ceremony moved towards its main attraction, the distribution of awards. High achievers (top 3 students) from each class were invited on stage where the Chief Guest presented the high achievers with their certificates and the highest percentage holder from each class also received an electronic tablet - which was the courtesy of the ceremony's sponsors: Commtel, DWP and ArcPoint.
On the occasion, Mr. Imran Batada - Director ICT congratulated all the students and also shared how they have been successful in changing the mindset of the students as few of the students came and were interested in joining IBA degree programs, a few of them got job, a few of them sold their final year projects. Recently IBA has also hired one resource from this batch.
As the ceremony continued; the guests, staff and trainers of IBA BBSHRRDP were also presented with awards and finally photograph session was held at the end of the ceremony with the special guests, the high achievers and trainers.
We are going to offer computer science courses for one of the projects for BBSYDP - Government of Sindh.
The entire training is free of cost, plus students will also get approximate 2500 stipend directly credited to their bank account.
We are offering following courses:
- Php with Mysql
- Web Designing & Development
- Software Development
- Multimedia Graphic Designing
- CIT major in Office Automation
- IT Entrepreneurship
- Web Programming Languages
- Advance Office Automation
Criteria are as follow:
- Age 18-35
- Must have a valid CNIC & domicile of Sindh
- Must not have availed BBSYDP training prior to enrollment
Class Timings: Monday to Friday (9:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Duration: 4 Months
Venue: IBA City Campus
Please fill the following registration form by 05th Feb 2017.
Interested students also have to share their name & CNIC, father's name & his CNIC, DOB, address & contact number on which he / she is interested on email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karachi, July 27th, 2016: Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the participation of IBA as knowledge partner for 16th ITCN Asia 2016- International Exhibition & Conferences. The MOU was signed by Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT, IBA and Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan.
The two organizations expressed their intention to work together to benefit IT industry. IBA will also play a facilitator's role in ITCN Asia's conferences on different IT & Telecom related topics to promote the potential of Pakistan's ICT sector like ICT 4 Pakistan, Cloud Computing and Information Security.
The objective of this MOU is to bring forth the potential of ICT sector and provide a platform to startups to showcase their projects. Imran Batada, Director ICT, IBA, congratulates the whole team of ITCN Asia and said, "This is a good opportunity for both organizations. He further added that IBA can take advantage of this platform to showcase its startups and final year projects since ITCN has a high impact factor. In addition, IBA will also help ITCN in the conference for selection of the track, keynote speakers and moderation of event."
President Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan expressing his pleasure said, "Partnership with organization such as IBA, a leader in Education sector, will enable 16th ITCN Asia 2016 to deliver more effective conferences and will also facilitate the mutual sharing of best practices and expertise. As IBA continues to rank among the top Universities in the world, the valuable exchange of professional knowledge shared in partnership with institution like IBA will continually sharpen ITCN Asia's goal towards facilitating ICT sector of Pakistan".
IBA-ICT team has provided its services to National Foods to live stream their session which was held on 11th April, 2016 at Rangoonwala Community Hall, Karachi. Our solution and services enabled National Foods employees from all over the Pakistan to view the live streaming of this session by residing at the remote locations.
IBA has signed a contract with JICA to provide Alumni Database Management System, Online Donation & SMS Solution to BUITEMS. JICA has selected Mr. Imran Batada, Director ICT Department & ICT Services Center as the lead consultant for this project.
On the occasion, Mr. Imran Batada said that it's good that the foreign funding agencies are interested in working closely with IBA. It is proud to be associated as well as to be providing services to other universities to help them achieve their goals.
IBA-ICT has signed MoU with Engro Foods to provide technical support for the live streaming solution. Technical support experts of ICT team will be providing technical support to Engro Foods for the Live streaming sessions of their CEO conferences.
IBA Alumni election was conducted by using our web based application "Alumni Election System". More than 700 IBA Alumni casted their vote using this online election system.
Student societies elections was conducted by using online election system in September 2015. About than 300 students were nominated for different position in various societies and more than 2000 students voted for their desired candidate by using this online system.
IBA-ICT has signed a contract with SMIU to provide ERP Consultancy & Cloud Solution. Through this agreement ICT team would provide ERP Consultancy & Cloud Services to SMIU. In addition, SMIU's PeopleSoft Campus Management solution would run from IBA Karachi Tier III data center.
IBA-ICT team developed and released a web based application for managing working hours and payments of Teaching assistant/Research Assistants. Utilization of this system has reduced the paper work of the administration department and provided a transparent system for students' hourly payments.
IBA's providing a comprehensive range of consultancy services to Inbox for implementation of ERP, Developing Reports and managing different projects.
IBA Karachi is providing implementation service for complete cloud computing solution to IBA Sukkur. The range of services encompasses ERP modules including Financials, HRM and CMS through disaster recovery site at Tier III data center of IBA.