ISLAMABAD: The team “EKKO-Wave Therapeutic Device” from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad has won the National Finals of Imagine Cup 2019, organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft Pakistan.
The winning team will now travel to Amsterdam for the World Regional Finals. Global Finals will be held in Seattle.
Out of 48 finalist teams, the NUST team has won Imagine Cup Nation Finals by coming up with EKKO-A Wave, a product that proposes solution for cognitive rehabilitation using vibrational waves.
The team “Creative Crew” from Sukkur Institute of Business Administration was the first runner-up while team “City Care” from City University, Peshawar was the second runner-up team of the competition.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood was chief guest at the ceremony, which was attended by HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri, HEC Executive Director Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Asghar, Microsoft Country Manager Abid Zaidi, vice chancellors and a large number of students from different universities.
Appreciating the participants of the competition Shafqat Mahmood said that their accomplishments were remarkable.
He hoped that many of the innovative projects would go into commercial application. Pakistani students have a lot of talent and an environment is being created to utilise their talent to the fullest, he noted.
He pointed out that the quality of education and relevance of research to the national requirements are the real challenges Pakistan is facing.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2019.
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