2-day 10th IEEE International Conference on Open Source Systems and Technologies 2016 (ICOSST’16) with theme ‘Smart Cities’ organized by Al-Khawarazmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS) University of Engineering and Technology Lahore was held at UET Lahore where Dr. Omer Saif, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab and Chairman Punjab Information and Technology Board was the chief guest.
Other distinguished guests such as Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Dr. Shafay Shamail, IEEE Lahore Section’s Chairman and the invited speakers of the conference who came from across the globe attended the event. The chief guest, Dr. Omer Saif said that Punjab government is taking measures to design Smart Cities with the concept of e-government, for this many programs are being operated throughout the province. It is golden opportunity for academia to give its input for effectiveness of these projects. He mentioned that the quality research work makes the worth of varsities and helpful to get prominent place in the world ranking which must be focused adequately. It also shows the fertility of intellectual minds to others. He also stated that curricula and other practices must be up to the mark as per the needs of the industry that will provide proper platform for academia-industry linkages.