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DVC commends YPF on software exhibition

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northwest University, Kano, Prof. Isyaku Ibrahim Indabawa has commended the Young Programmers Forum (YPF) of the university for their foresight in organizing a software exhibition.

Prof. Indabawa who made the commendation during the event which was held at the Main Hall of the City Campus, said the event which was the first of its kind in the department also featured paper presentations and calendar launching of YPF. While noting that the Northwest University is excelling academically, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Called on the students to redouble effort in coming with new innovations.

According to him, the forum was founded by the pioneer students of Department of Computer Science with the aim to provide a platform to bridge the gap between what they have learnt in classroom and what they will actually face in reality after graduation. The forum has achieved a lot within two years. In 2015,it represented the university in the national software development competition in Akwa Ibom and took 3rd position. Earlier in her remark, Dean Faculty of Science, Dr. Amina Salihi Bayero reaffirmed the faculty’s determination to continue to support and respect students’ ideas and talents. While congratulating the presenters for well-articulated presentations, she stated that “we learned how technology could be used to solve many problems”.

Dr. Amina commended all the organizations and individuals that are supporting the forum, such as NCC, KEDCO and Green Wings Global Investment, among others. Presenting a paper on Promoting Programming and Software Creativity Skills through the use of Open Source Hardware, the Head of Department of Computer Science, Northwest University, Kano, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad Umaru defined computer programming as the process of creating the set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a task. He added that software is simply a collection of instructions that enables the user to interact with a computer, its hardware, or perform tasks.

He said that Open Source Hardware (OSH) projects surely improve programmer skills, productivity and confidence, explaining that through creativity, OSH projects do provide an avenue for self-reliance and, therefore, self-employment. Among the software exhibited during the event included online recruitment software, time table scheduling software, online auren zaurawa software, software for outpatients, etc. Highlight of the occasion includes presentation of appreciation letters and certificates to the executives of the forum, sponsors and presenters of the event.