In December last year, the India-Africa Summit on promoting ICT, was held in New Dehli, India. The Summit aims to promote: the combating of cybercrimes in Africa and India; the adoption of reliable ICT systems and organisational policies; the privacy of customers, and the utilisation of ICT for sustainable development.
A number of hand-picked public and private sector organisations from India and across the African continent were recognised for exceptional contributions towards innovation and development of the sector globally.
“Being recognised for excellence in research at such an international forum is a feather in cap for NUST and it will inspire us to deliver even more. The one missing element is that we need industry to collaborate on research and development as this is a catalyst for innovation,” said Dr Peters.
The Summit participants established a council, namely: Asia-Africa Development Council, to address various issues in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, a website: www.asiafricaonline.com was launched with the objective of promoting cooperation amongst African countries and Asia by focusing on tourism and investment, trade between Africa and Asia, cultural and educational exchange programmes, democracy and good governance, human rights, responsible investment, educational development and people-to-people relationships.
The 2017 India-Africa ICT Excellence Awards were organised by the Asia-Africa Development Council, the Innovation Society of India, the Computer Society of India, the Public Opinions International, the World Academy of Informatics and Management Sciences, the Agency for Americas and European Products and Services, in partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the Republic of India.
Dharm Singh, a Professor in the FCI Computer Science Department participated in the Summit and received the award on behalf of the Faculty.