Mr. Qasim Mahmood
General Secretory OSFP
General Secretory OSFP
Mr. Qasim Mehmood is an Information Technology Professional with more than 13 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He is working as Senior Systems Officer and having charge of Head Data Center, at Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, (FAST-NUCES), Islamabad Campus, since 2009. FAST, is a leading technical university in Pakistan, its history dates back to 1980 when FAST was founded to promote education in computer sciences. In 1985 FAST set up its institutes for computer sciences. The FAST-NUCES received its charter in 2000 in the Federal Area. It became the first multi-campus university of Pakistan www.nu.edu.pk/university. As an Information Technology Specialist, he has vast experience in System Administration, having the capabilities of IT Project Management, IT Infrastructure Planning/Designing/ Implementation, forming Policies, SOPs writing, he has a vision and a mission to make Pakistan center of excellence, in Open Source Skills, in the region. His aim is to imparting an important role as the ambassador of Open Source Foundation of Pakistan for the promotion, development, deployment and adaptation of Open Source Systems all over Pakistan.
He strongly advocates the Open Source Technologies in Pakistan, so that it can help in making Pakistan technologically strong enough in field of Open Source by promoting in-house development, offering the Final Year Projects to University Students in Open Source Technologies for their grooming and establishment of Incubation Centers for creating professional experience opportunities and career development in Open Source Technologies. These inhouse development of Open Source Software should fulfill the public and private sector software requirements with a minimum implementation cost and save money in-terms of license, up-gradation and renewal charges. For this noble cause he has been part of the Open Source Foundation of Pakistan for last 03 years, attending their initial meetings on regular basis. He has been part of the team, who floated the idea to for a formal setup of OPSF and contributed his experiences as well. He also promotes and spread knowledge of the Linux Operating System/Tools How To’s, by blogging on internet and at www.linuxurducbts.com, www.opensourceeducation.net and by providing Linux based Training Courses of System Administrations, Deployment of Operating System, End user trainings, etc with PCB/FAST.