Dr. Qasim Sheikh demystifies the National ICT R&D Fund

September 1, 2009 at 11:00 am 7 comments

Dr Qasim Sheikh on ITLoWThe National ICT R&D Fund has the vision “to transform Pakistan’s economy into a knowledge based economy by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources,” said the CEO of the Fund Dr. Qasim Sheikh in an interview with me on ITLoW.

Dr. Qasim Sheikh attained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He worked for over 9 years with Cray Research as Senior Applications Analyst developing optimized solvers for large dense and sparse linear systems of equations and integrated these solvers in software for simulation of physical phenomena like oil reservoir simulation, semiconductor device simulation etc.

Dr. Qasim Sheikh then spent two years as a Director at CresSoft which was in its hey day at that time and subsequently joined FAST as a Professor for about 6 years.

He has been CEO of the National R&D Fund for the past two years and has spent a lot of his time explaining to University professors and industry professionals to get involved in high value and innovative Research and Development.

However, there are still a lot of questions regarding the fund and the kind of projects they are willing to invest in, what are the expectations from the proposals they receive, what are the bottlenecks? So I decided that since Dr. Qasim Sheikh was in karachi, we would call him into the Studio and have a chat with him, to try and get him to demystify the Fund.

This interview with Dr. Qasim Sheikh is an hour long so we have decided to break it up into 2 segments. In this episode Dr Qasim talks about how the Fund was set up, the process, the kind of activities and projects it has funded, what kind of proposals they have received, some of the problems that have kept these proposals from being looked at seriously, etc etc.

Do watch the episode. It clears up a lot of misconceptions. If you have questions for Dr. Qasim, you can post them here or on the CIO Webstudio. Dr. Qasim has promised to answer any questions that we have for him. That is what we need from everyone who is part of the public sector. Thank you Dr. Qasim.

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  • 4. Haseeb Ul Hassan  |  September 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Finally got the answer …. How Telecom industry is contributing to the country ???? Truly a visionary idea to establish this fund …… Must watch interview …… And guys we have seen this fund working at nexGINRC (www.nexginRC.org) …. And giving an opportunity to creative minds like M.Zubair Shaifq (https://www.msu.edu/~shafiqmu/) to materialize his ingenuity.

    I have just one reservation to Dr Sab ….. The enumerated criterion to asses any proposal is great but I am afraid that the process is not robust enough to quantify the level of “entrepreneurial creativity” in the project …… The academic minds has propensity of doing research for the sake of research or only publishing papers in this conference and in that conference ….. Although there is no doubt participation in conferences broadens one’s horizon and expose to the novel ideas ….. but focus should not be publishing papers but creating products which create jobs and contribute to integrate Pakistan into the “Global Supply Chain”.

  • 5. Sardar muhammad Zahid  |  August 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Dr Qasim sheikh is very nice person.He is devoted to student of
    nict and every time ready to solve the problems of students.
    i being a scholarship holder of nict comment that he is the man of
    quality and very kind person.

    God bless him,

  • 6. Muslim  |  January 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I am surprised that why he is not extended with National ICT R&D Fund. If he worked efficiently then he should be given another chance. Is not there are hidden objectives of Ministry of IT to interfare the matters of Fund and enjoy the authority and Fund.

  • 7. Muslim  |  January 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Actually, Ministry want puppets to work for the higher authorities, and Dr sb is not of their choice. This is why they said that the person from Academia was not a good decision. You can see the issues of Fund are badly stuck since last year, even employees of the fund are getting salaries after 3,4 months. Higher management wants the funds in their hands.


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