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Dr. Yousaf Ali is listed among the world’s Top 2% of scientists and researchers in the field of Management and Economics listed in the Stanford university-Elsevier list published in October 2022

Dr. Yousaf Ali is listed among the world’s Top 2% of scientists and researchers in the field of Management and Economics listed in the Stanford university-Elsevier list published in October 2022. This ranking is predominantly centered on international research published in diverse research fields, the number of citations, and the H-Index factors of researchers. This excludes the percentage of self –testimonials the researcher makes for his previous research.

Dr. Yousaf Ali obtained an MS degree in the field of Operations Research from the University of Southampton, UK. He also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He has completed his Ph.D. degree in (Economics & Management) from the University of Macerata (Italy). Dr. Yousaf has primary research interests in quantitative modeling practices in economics and management, Operational research, and environmental economics. Dr. Yousaf is currently offering his services to the reputable GIKI institute as an Associate Professor. He has published in prestigious journals such as Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, International Journal of Logistic Management, Australian Journal of Management, Transportation Planning and Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production., Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Research in Transportation Economics, Journal of Safety Science, and Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Environmental Hazards-Human & Policy Dimensions, Journal of Construction Management & Economics. Science of the Total Environment, Environment and Ecological Statistics. And Ecological economics.

He owes his scientific achievements to the struggles of his parents; Academic mentors, collaborators, students, friends, well-wishers, and the technical and financial support from the GIK Institute.  Dr. Yousaf has secured numerous achievements, prominent of which include:

Secured Highly-Commended Paper Awards in the 2022 Emerald Literati Awards of Excellence.

GIK Researcher of the year (GIK Research Award 2018)

7th HEC outstanding best research award for the year 2017-2018

International Input-Output Association (IIOA) travel grant for the conference in Mexico (2015)

International Input-Output Association (IIOA) travel grant for the conference at Atlantic City New Jersey USA (2017).

85 research articles in high-ranked international journals

Worked as a visiting professor at European universities.

Link: https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/4

Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal is once again listed among the world’s Top 2% of scientists and researchers in the field of Energy

Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal is once again listed among the world’s Top 2% of scientists and researchers in the field of Energy. He was listed in the top 2% of scientists Stanford University-Elsevier in 2021 as well. He is the recipient of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) Gold Medal, 2020 and Winner of the HEC Best Paper Award, 2017.

He won the prestigious GIKI Annual Research Award from 2016 – 2019. Furthermore, he has been awarded various research grants such as NRPU-HEC, LCF-HEC, PSF-NSFC, etc. Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Mr. Almas Hyder, Chairman, Engineering Development Board & Chairman of Synthetic Products Enterprises Ltd (SPEL) visited GIKI. He Delivered a Keynote session on “Economic Challenges and Role of EDB Industry-Academia Linkages and Entrepreneurship.”

An MoU was signed between GIKI and DirAction for eCommerce training & digital skill incubation.

Mr. Nabeel Qadeer, CEO of DirAction Pvt Ltd., and his team visited GIK and met with the Rector, Pro-Rectors, Deans, and Directors. An MoU was signed between GIKI and DirAction for eCommerce training & digital skill incubation. 

eCommerce Session By CEO Enablers, Mr. Saqib Azhar

Mr. Saqib Azhar addressed the session on eCommerce in the GIK Students on Wednesday, March 09, 2022, at 2:30 pm in A.H.A Auditorium.

Mr. Saqib Azhar is a top-rated eCommerce mentor of Pakistan. He is the co-founder and CEO of renowned eCommerce international platform Enablers, which has now become the largest eCommerce network following 30+ Offices and well-equipped co-working spaces named WORC around the globe. In this capacity, he is constantly making efforts to provide a seamless experience through ongoing support to Pakistani who want to excel in the eCommerce business and miscellaneous digital earning platforms. 

PAK-US RESEARCH PROJECT

The funding of Pak-US research project proposal entitled ” Develoment of Comutational Mechanics Infrastructure and Human Resources for Advancing Engineering Design Practices In Pakistan Industry ” costing US $ 522,000/- is approved by the review panel of HEC, MoST and USAID. This is one of the only 11 selected projects out of 112 applications. This proposal was also independently reviewed by the Fellows of the American National Academies for its technical merit, and it is a part of the “Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperative Program”.

This proposal was jointly submitted by GIK Institute, Topi and University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Dr. Abdullah Sadiq, SI, Rector , GIK Institute is Principal Investigator from Pakistan and Prof Arif Masud , Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago is Principal Investigator from USA

ASIA-LINK PROJECT

GIKI is a partner in the Asia Link Program of EU titled ‘A FRAMEWORK APPROACH TO STRENGTHENING ASIAN HIGHER EDUCATION IN ADVANCED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE’. The total project eligible cost is 1,046,766 Euros including the European Commission’s share of 750,000 Euros (Contract Ref # CN/ASIA-LINK/024 (109093). This is one of its kind grants of such an amount in Pakistan and is a result of Dr. Muhammad Abid’s collaborative efforts at GIK Institute.

In Europe, the education on Engineering Design and Manufacture has been well advanced, but in most regions of Asia, it is not. The proposed project aims to strengthen higher education on advanced design and manufacture in the least developed and developing countries of Asia. The target groups are teaching staff, postgraduate students, engineers and scientists in Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. It is mainly to develop an innovative multidisciplinary course entitled “Advanced Design and Manufacture”; to split train Asian Ph.D. students; to train postgraduate students, teaching staff, engineers, and scientists locally and internationally, to compare the education system / programs between institutions of Asia and Europe; and to organise an “Asia Link Seminar” to gather knowledge and experience from different performers of Asia Link Projects. The partnership consists of seven leading universities from six countries, three Asian and three European. It requests 36 months.

RESEARCH GRANT UNDER HEC FOREIGN FACULTY HIRING PROGRAM

HEC allocated sum of Rs 0.798660 million for the Research Project entitled ” Asymptotical analysis of the distribution of spacing based statistics with application to goodness-of-fit tests” submitted by Prof. Dr. Sherzod Mirakhmedov , serving at GIK Institute under HEC Foreign Faculty Hiring Program, is Principal Investigator of the said project.

HEC RESEARCH GRANT

Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi and Prof. Dr. Irgaziev Bakhadir, from Faculty of Engineering Sciences were awarded a research project entitled “Theoretical researches of the reactions important for nuclear astrophysics” from HEC. The project number was 20-1171-R&D/2008.

HEC awarded a research grant of over 2 million rupees to Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi, Faculty of Engineering Sciences for his research project entitled “Microscopic calculation of nuclear physics inputs for core-collapse simulation”. The project (20-1283-R&D/2009) is awarded for a period of three years. This grant also helped in establishment of the computational physics laboratory at FES.

IDB APPROVES $ 140,000 GRANT FOR GIK-I PROJECT

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a grant of US $ 140,000 under the technical assistance project for the Faculty Mechanical Engineering (FME) of GIK Institute. The grant will be used for the purchase of sophisticated equipments such as Thermal Imager (ThemaCAM), 3D-Laser Scanner, Non-contact Laser Displacement Setup and high-speed data-logging system.

GIK Alumni from Ericsson Conducted Seminar on “Are you ready to embrace the Corporate culture”

GIK Alumni Mr. Usman Rizwan, Head of Network Design & Optimization Pakistan, Mr. Hammad Paracha, Senior Implementation Manager, and Mr. Taimur Inam Account Director Ericsson conducted a seminar on “Are you ready to embrace the Corporate culture”. Rector GIK, Prof. Dr. Fazal A. Khalid Presented GIK Souvenirs. to the visitors.

Industrial Open House (IOH) & Career Fair 22 | Prof. Dr. Shahid Mahmood Baig, S.I., Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Inaugurated the IOH 22

GIK Institute held its Industrial Open house and Career Fair on 18th May 2022. About 60-70 organizations visited GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology to participate in the Industrial Open House and Career Fair 2022 scheduled on 18th May, 2022 (Wednesday). Prof. Dr. Shahid Mahmood Baig, S.I., Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Inaugurated the IOH 22.

GIK Alumnus Muhammad Meraj Uddin, Founder and CEO of ADF International Pvt Ltd, has donated the Leeb Hardness Tester machine and sponsored an FYP Project for the students of Mechanical Engineering. He said that ADF International Pvt Ltd is proud to announce its collaboration with Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology (GIKI) in development, improvement, innovation, and progress in the field of Engineering.

The Founder & CEO of ADF International Pvt Ltd has donated the “Leeb Hardness Tester” to Dr. Massab Junaid, a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department, and sponsored a group of students for their FYP project titled “Sensor Assisted Electric Vehicle with Individual Wheel Rotation in 2D”. He added that the company works with the ideology of “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” The company aims to produce in-house equipment and appliances fulfilling International standards, having state-of-the-art quality and safety standards. Talking about their future aspirations, he said, “we are looking forward to commercializing our products at the national and international level and bringing glory to Pakistan.”

ADF Didactic (Turkey) is primarily a manufacturer of aviation equipment, but they also have a wide range of Mechanical engineering lab equipment such as Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, etc. The company also provides solutions in Workshop tooling, CNCs, and Robotics as well. 

AIAA under the Student Affairs Department conducted Intra GIK Event on 21st September 2022

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) under the Student Affairs Department conducted Intra GIK Event on 21st September 2022 at GIK main Sports Ground. The event included the introduction of AIAA Society to familiarize the new students with the essence of AIAA at GIK Institute.

The Intra GIK event included ACX and Air Show along with Paper Plane Competition at the Sports Ground. It also included the Lightening 95 (The RC UAV constructed and fabricated by ICARUSI) was used for the Air Show. Water Rockets were demonstrated in the ACX.

The purpose of the event was to highlight AIAA GIKI Chapter and then to promote the contemporary field of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

GIK Start-up develops Pakistan’s first real time online shopping search engine

A Start-up Shoppingum from The Catalyst, GIK Incubator has created Pakistan’s first real time online shopping search engine, with live tracking and filters that allow users to only shop from stores that are delivering during the lockdown.

Shoppingum.com is an online shopping search engine which has more than 3.2 million products from 210 online stores in Pakistan. The Website is the biggest single platform that uses advanced data mining and machine learning algorithms to live track millions of products that are available on almost all the authentic online stores of Pakistan.

As the world faces a major crisis due to Corona Virus, and billions of people are restricted to their homes, Health services are trying to cope up with the current situation. On the other hand, people are struggling to fulfill their necessities while being in self-isolation, Developing countries like Pakistan have been severely hit by the uncertain situation of lockdown. Almost all the marts and malls are closed. The ones who are still open are selling their products at exorbitant prices to the customers already facing the problems of livelihood. Many online stores have either restricted their delivery or have halted their operations altogether due to logistical challenges. In this crisis, online shopping is the most significant option.

Shoppingum.com is providing solution to online shoppers by providing Live tracking of products, Whenever the user searches the product on the website, the complex search algorithm initiates a live product fetch operation from all online stores of Pakistan. This brings the most relevant and desirable results on the user’s screen. Besides, users can easily check and compare the prices according to the scale from lowest to highest or vice versa. The Website also offers a side-to-side price comparison feature of the product, which helps the users to locate not only the nearby but also the cheapest similar product. This feature protects the users from becoming a victim of false information, over-pricing, and scams.

The Website not only enables the user to save time by locating the desired product across the internet within seconds, but also helps to get the most updated information about the delivery of the product. Clients are considering such service as a lifesaving option in this COVID-19 Crisis. Two of the founders Mr. Bilal Jamil and Syed Ali Abbas Haider are GIK graduates and the start-up is part of 8th Cohort of the GIK Catalyst.

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