GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology has successfully organized The 2020 International Collegiate Programming Contest On-stie Regional Asia Topi on August 4, 2021. ICPC is a multi-tier programming contest, which includes multi-provincial, regional and world finals. Due to Covid-19, only 22 shortlisted teams have competed the regional contest after an online preliminary contest, which was held earlier on February online. Students of different universities and colleges from across the country, especially Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, participated in the competition. Due to Covid SOPs, 21 teams participated the contest at GIK and one IBA team participated at FAST-Karachi city campus.
Nabeel Hussain, Hamza Zaheer and Syed Muhammad Ali of Fast-NUCES Lahore won the Gold medal and students of Habib University Karachi stood second and third position was awarded to students of Fast University Karachi. The gold medalist team will be further participating in the World Finals which is to be held in Moscow from October 1 to October 6, 2021.
Chief Guest was Dr. Khalid Khan, Director-General of Directorate of Science and Technology, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who distributed gold medals and certificates to the winning teams. He said that students from across the country should be motivated to participate in the international contests so that they are ready to win such competitions.
Sardar Aminullah Khan, Acting Rector, GIK Institute said that in era of information revolution, information technology must be conceived broadly to encompass the information that businesses create and use as well as a wide spectrum of increasingly convergent and linked technologies that process the information. Information technology is changing the rules of competition in various ways, is changing the industry structure and is used to create competitive advantage.
He stated that the competitions like this are great leap forward and everyone involved in it need special appreciation particularly the youth who are engaged in IT based competition from the platform or ICPC and GIK.
Special Guest, Dr. Syed Ali Abbas Hasani, Director Pakistan Software Export Board said that taking initiative, conducting result- oriented research and work for innovation would enable us to move forward and acquire a unique place comity of nations.
Dr. Masroor Hussain, Director ICPC spoke in detail about the next two world finals which are scheduled to be held at Moscow and Dahka in October, 2021 and November, 2022, respectively. He also appreciated his core team Engr. Iffat Maab, Associate Director ICPC, Engr. Ehtisham Hassan, Coordinator ICPC, Ms. Sarah Sajjad, Deputy Director ICPC, Syed Arslan, Systems, and Engr. Ali Shaukat, Marketing. He also thanked Rector, Sardar Aminullah and Pro-Rector (A), Dr. Wasim A. Khan for their full support and cooperation for arranging the event.
Dr. Masroor Hussain also thanked Dr. Syed Fawad Hussain, Chief Judge, and Dr. Muhammad Waqas, Chief Invigilator and other judges namely Dr. Umar Suleman, Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan, Dr. Syed Atif Mehdi, Dr. Arshad Islam, Dr. Rashad Jillani, Dr. Muhammad Taj, Dr. Muhammad Hanif and Mr. Sauban bin Usman for their valuable support.
Special thanks were offered to sponsors of the event viz DoST, KPIT Board, PSEB, UWORX, GenITeam, Kualitatem and Virtual Force.
Group Photo at GIK Institute, Topi
First Prize (Overloads, FAST-NUCES, Lahore)
Second Prize (Yohsin, Habib University, Karachi)
Third Prize (Spartans, FAST-NUCES, Lahore)
Second site for IBA Team at Karachi – courtesy FAST-Karachi City Campus