The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Tim Unwin, has simply clarified that Dr. Umar Saif is neither appointed as UNESCO Chair in ICT4D or in ICTD. Unwin printed a blog, proper after information of Dr. Umar Saif’s latest appointment because the UNESCO Chair in ICTD began making rounds within the native media.
Dr. Umar Saif additionally made an announcement on social media and up to date his Twitter bio to say, UNESCO Chair ICTD.
Pricey pals I’ve been awarded the UNESCO Chair for utilizing ICT for Improvement. This can be a second of delight for Pakistan and a recognition of our work prior to now 10 years. &mdashhttps://t.co/7G2qlYy9LS (https://t.co/7G2qlYy9LS%3C/a%3E%3C/p%3E&mdash); Umar Saif (@umarsaif) April 18, 2018
Nevertheless, Unwin has indicated that Dr. Saif shouldn’t be the primary worldwide UNESCO Chair for ICTD. A decade in the past, Royal Holloway, College of London created the primary UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, when ITU didn’t exist. Unwin emphasizes that ICT4D and ICTD are very distinct from one another. Unwin was compelled to launch the assertion after a variety of his colleagues within the ICT4D began questioning the claims made by the Pakistani laptop scientist about being awarded the UNESCO chair for utilizing ICT improvement.
In 2017, the employees of ITU approached Urwin to know the process for buying the standing of a UNESCO chair. He helped them not figuring out that they’d apply for a Chair with precisely the identical identify to ICT4D. He wrote again to ITU to recommend a change within the identify to keep away from confusions. In a minor change, ICT4D grew to become ICTD.
UNESCO Chairs are created after an settlement between a college and UNESCO. These Chairs are the time period given researchers working in a particular tutorial discipline. It also needs to be famous that a person shouldn’t be appointed as a Chair, however solely as a Chairholder. Subsequently, Dr. Umair Saif has been appointed because the Chairholder of a UNESCO Chair at ITU which is under no circumstances a illustration of a UNESCO Chair in ICT4D or ICTD.
Unwin was disenchanted by the flip of occasions. He shared,
“I concern that this confusion sadly doesn’t replicate properly both on the political institution in Pakistan who authorized this nomination, nor on the professionalism of these concerned within the nomination itself. I might hope that the Pakistani press and people on social media will acknowledge this and reply accordingly. I’m certain they’ll agree that this isn’t a matter of delight for Pakistan, however truly sadly displays relatively badly on them.”
Urwin additionally referred to his work with the Pakistani expertise group and mentioned that he respects a variety of individuals bringing change in Pakistan. He mentioned,
“I also needs to emphasize that I’ve many pricey pals in Pakistan, and it’s a fantastic and delightful nation. I like and respect very many individuals in Pakistan, starting from senior authorities officers to the various Commonwealth Scholarship Fee alumni who it has been my privilege to know. The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D has labored with long-established research-led universities in Pakistan, resembling COMSATS IIT which has a world-renowned fame not like another provincial universities within the nation, and it has been an honour to undertake analysis with them and to advertise the efficient use of ICTs to help and empower the poorest and least privileged on this planet.”
Please observe: The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, College of London @UNESCOICT4D, which additionally administers the ICT4D group on Fb https://t.co/Igy2UIyjCV (https://t.co/Igy2UIyjCV%3C/a)> is not the same as the newly founded UNESCO Chair in ICTD in Pakistan – https://t.co/xNBGAgOMfF (https://t.co/xNBGAgOMfF%3C/a)> for more details
— Tim Unwin (@TimUnwin) 18 April 2018
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