STAFF REPORT IBD:Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and Ericsson have announced Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2011 winners at a recently held ceremony here.

The award has been conferred to the winning team for their exemplary efforts in developing a mobile application “Poor mans Reader” to facilitate literacy in the country. PTA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Yaseen was the chief guest.

Bilal Zafar and Ahmad Bashir, Senior year Undergraduate Students from LUMS, Department of Computer Science,SchoolofScienceand Engineering, were awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000 for their ability to demonstrate an innovative mobile application benefiting and empowering people and the society in the education category.

On this occasion, Mohsen Tavakol, President and CEO of EricssonPakistan, said that the response to the ceremony has been great with nominations received from top universities acrossPakistan.

PTA Chairman Mohammed Yaseen said, “We are proud to witness and recognize the work of our university students in the mobile development world and our partnership with Ericsson facilitates us in the escalation of ICT industry inPakistan.”

A runner up award was conferred upon F.Sc students from the University of Karachi, Sameer Ahmed Khan, Zohaib Ahmed Shakir and Noman Bin Rizwan for developing “Educating Dreams – Be a saviour!” mobile application.

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