Pakistani Students accepted at Google Summer of Code Global Program
Islamabad: A team
of students at Software Engineering Research Centre (SERC) FAST-NU,
Lahore submitted a proposal in the domain of MySQL which was
accepted at Google Summer of Code to incorporate
"Change Tracking/Synchronization" functionality for phpMyAdmin.
Young Pakistani students are reaching out for new
opportunities highlighting the fact that youth of Pakistan is
talented and is in pursuit to achieve excellence in the
knowledge based economy.
Summer of Code (GSoC)
is a global program that offers student developers stipends to
write code for various open source software projects. They work
with several open source, free software, and technology-related
groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month
period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought
together nearly 2,500 successful student participants and 2,500
mentors from 98 countries worldwide. Through GSoC, accepted
student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the
participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world
software development scenarios and the opportunity for
employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.
SERC, FAST-NU is executing its project titled “Integration
of Open Source Software Projects in IT Education” fully funded
by National ICT R&D Fund (Ministry of IT & Telecom) worth PKR
37.6 million which aims to provide education in Software
Engineering by preparing the students for their utilization in
the software industry. This requires equipping them with skills
and knowledge necessary for developing industrial strength
software. This could ideally be achieved by involving the
students in realistic projects and aims for a new method of
teaching software engineering to undergraduate students based on
open source software.
Participating in GSoC is a practical step towards this
objective and gives students hands on experience by their
particular mentoring organization’s project. Students working
at “Integration of Open Source Software Projects in IT
Education” project at SERC were filtered through a selection
process for GSoC program. The project has been registered in
Zahra Naeem’s name however two students, Zahra Naeem and Sehrish
Abdul Malik, are working on it together. Usman Aftab and
Muhammad Adeel Khan – Research Officers at SERC, are acting as
mentors to the students and will guide the students according to
ICT R&D Fund congratulates the team at SERC, FAST-NU for its
international recognition at one of the best platforms in the
world, and for providing students good programming practices and
opening new horizons for the talented students pursuing their
careers in Computer Software and Software Engineering studies.
National ICT R&D Fund remains committed to facilitate
high-quality ICT initiative by providing funding opportunities
to concrete ICT related R&D proposals.
For available funding
opportunities and details on these and other funded projects
please explore our site.
with Project Director, Dr. Fakhar Lodhi at FAST-NU, Lahore