STAFF REPORT IBD: Dr S. M. Junaid Zaidi, who drafted Pakistans first IT policy, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, says a press release received here.

Dr Zaidi, awarded the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2007, is the founding rector of the Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), which was chartered by the government in 2000 and has grown to have campuses in seven cities, with over 20,000 students and 2,500 faculty members.

Dr Zaidis professional experience spans over 36 years and his expertise ranges from devising Build-Operate-Transfer mechanisms to Technology Commercialization and Utilization, Project Planning and Management, Industrial Information Networking, Operations Research, System Designing, Technology Policy Analysis, Technology Monitoring and Forecasting and Technology Transfer.

He holds a doctorate in Optimisation of Algorithms on Networking from the University of Birmingham in England. Before CIIT, Dr Zaidi served in many distinguished high profile positions at the United Nations (UN) and in the Government of Pakistan, said the press release.

During his service with the UN, Dr Zaidi served as an adviser to the Malaysian government and later at the UN ESCAP Asia and Pacific Centre.

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