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21 Dec 2012: CoReNeT hosted the ISOC Islamabad Chapter meeting on Friday 21 Dec 2012 at M. A. Jinnah University Islamabad.  

December 21, 2012
Hosted by Center of Research in Networks & Telecom (CoReNeT)
M. A. Jinnah University, Islamabad
The meeting was attended by following participants belonging to various professions:
• Mr. Muhammad Faizan from Roots International School
• Mr. Sohaib Saleem from NIMIS
• Mr. Ammar Jafferi from PISA
• Dr. Amir Qayyum from MAJU
• Ms. Saira Gillani from MAJU
• Mr. Khawaja Mohammad Ali from ZTBL
• Ms. Shaneela Naz from MAJU
• Ms. Kishwer A. Khaliq from MAJU
• Mr. Muhammad Sabtain Khan (remote participant) from COMSATS
• Mr. Asmat Ali Shah from MAJU
• Mr. Naveed- Ul- Haq from PTA
• Mr. Syed Usman Ali Shah from MAJU
• Mr. Aqif Ali from SCO
• Mr. Sajjad Amin from MAJU
• Mr. Amer Zaheer from MAJU
• Mr. Ameen Sharif from MAJU
• Mr. Muhammad Haroon Ur Rashid from MAJU
• Mr. Jamshaid Hussain from MAJU
• Mr. Syed Ali Mansoor Gillani from MAJU
• Mr. Kamal Ahmed from MoIT
• Mr. Zakir Ali (remote participant) from Bahria University
• Mr. Muhammad Umair from FFC
• Mr. Abdul Basit from MAJU
• Ms. Madeeha Azam from Pak Datacom
• Mr. Imran Akbar Khan from MAJU

A remote participation session through WebEx was also arranged for the meeting. The meeting was moderated by Mr. NaveedUl Haq.
The meeting started with a formal introduction of participants and a welcome note to the new participants. A general overview of the chapter (in-formation) was provided with an update on the process made so far.

Meet the Industry Segment
Chapter’s 12th meeting hosted the second session of newly introduced agenda item; ‘Meet the Industry’. The "Meet the Industry Session" is aimed to provide participants the opportunity to deliberate on ICT Industry of Pakistan in an open and interactive manner by inviting a subject professionals and renowned experts.
Dr. AamirMatin, CEO, Trivor Software was cordially invited for the first ‘Meet the Industry’ session. He is also serving as a Board Member for National ICT R&D Fund Co. A warm welcome and word of thanks was presented to him by the participant. Dr. AamirMatin has also served as Country General Manager, Cisco Systems, Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board and Advisor to Federal Minister on Information Technology.He is a renowned ICT specialist bringing reforms and developments in the ICT sector of Pakistan. He is also a pioneer for bringing e-governance framework in Pakistan.
During his speak, Dr. AamirMatinshared his professional thoughts on ICT Eco system of the country and require missing links. He expressed his views on research work requirements to assess what impact on GDP had been performed with the development of Internet and its services in Pakistan. He said such research and statistics are quite pertinent to setup the future frameworks for promoting Internet in Pakistan.
Participants asked various questions from Dr. AamirMatin seeking his expert thoughts on issues like local content, women empowerment through ICTs, institution building and governance of technologies.

Small Presentation on ISOC Community Grants funded Project:
Dr. Amir Qayyum from Mohamamad Ali Jinnah University shared a small presentation on a local project carried out as ISOC community funding program. It may be noted that ISOC Community Grants Programme seeks to provide funding to assist Internet Society Chapters and members in carrying out projects that advance the mission and goals of the organization toward an open Internet that benefits all people.
Dr. Amir Qayyum shared the details of a successful project title ‘EduScope’ targeting to provide an open access of Internet to children living in a poor vicinity of Rawalpindi. The project has been carried out in collaboration with a local school hosting a computer with Internet access to children of the community. A pre-configured computer with safe Internet browsing option has been fixed inside a wall facing a street. The participants applauded the project concept and it was planned that more applications from Islamabad would be submitted to apply for ISOC community grants.

Chapter (In-formation) Bylaws:
In reference with the approval of initial application of the ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter (in-formation), community members have started preparation of bylaws before receiving a formal charter from Internet Society as a chapter. During the last meeting first 4 Articles were discussed and approved by the members.
During the 12th Chapter meeting, the first 4 draft articles were presented including:
• Article V–Duties of Officers
• Article VI–Executive Council / Board
• Article VII – Standing Committees
Necessary deliberations were carried out on these Articles and it was felt that an exclusive meeting is required to complete the bylaws work. In this regards, two founding members volunteered to draft the bylaws which would be finalized and approved during the next meeting.
The participants were encouraged to provide their input(s) and suggestions to prepare comprehensive, consistent and broad bylaws for ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter (in-formation). Participants were also encouraged to share the chapter work among their respective circles and invite more members from the community to join in.
A note of thanks was presented to all participants at the end and host offer for next meeting was extended by Center for Information Technology.

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