Burhan Rasool

General Manager (IT)

Burhan Rasool is an Information Technology professional and e-Governance expert, serving the Government of Punjab as the head of the Software Engineering Wing at Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) since November 2011. His role is, in many ways, similar to that of Chief Technologist as he has been deeply involved in delivering and rollout of over 250 projects and technology initiatives, all developed in-house under his command. His role has been significant in driving IT-based reforms, especially in the health, education, and law & order sectors.

The Open Source Foundation of Pakistan, in October 2019, awarded him with the Open Source Achievement Award for saving hundreds of millions of Taxpayers money using Open Source Technologies to develop e-Governance applications.

During the Dengue epidemic in 2012, he proposed and developed a smartphone-based monitoring platform to keep track of all the coordinated efforts of 17 different Government departments related to anti-dengue activities across Punjab. [1][2][3][4] Google Pakistan and Chief Minister of Punjab jointly bestowed upon him the Punjab Innovation Hero Award, in August 2012, in this regard. Over 100 million activities have been reported through this system to date.

He has served as the Project Director of ‘Computerization of Police Stations in Punjab’ wherein more than 10 systems [5] were developed, one of which resulted in the discovery of thousands of vacancies in the Punjab Police. Notably, these systems have been replicated in Sindh and Baluchistan. Lately, he has been focused on the digitization of Case flow management systems for the Judiciary and Prosecution Department.

Burhan has been in the vanguard in promoting the adoption of technology in the public sector involving upskilling, digitization, automation, and business process re-engineering. In August 2016, he was honored with the ‘Young Development Leader’ Award by the Federal Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan for his commendable role in public sector reforms through technology.

In recognition of his role on-ground and hands-on efforts, the Urban Institute (Washington D.C. based think tank) invited Burhan to Washington D.C. in September 2016 to give a talk on “How Technology is Transforming Governance in Pakistan’s Punjab Province”. [6][7]
In September 2018, the Prime Minister of Pakistan appointed him as a member of his Task Force on Austerity & Restructuring Government. In this capacity, amongst many other proposals that he contributed to, he individually proposed the following 2 ideas:

  1. Corruption Sniffing Bots [8][9]
  2. e-Attestation & online degree verification using Blockchain [10]

Featured Articles

  1. MIT Technology Review. (2012, 10 30). MIT Technology Review
  2. The Economist. (2013, 06 01). The Economist
  3. NPR. (2013, 09 16). National Public Radio (United States)
  4. NDTV (2014, 08 12). Gadgets – An NDTV Venture (India)
  5. MIT Technology Review. (2016). MIT Technology Review Pakistan
  6. Urban Institution. (2016). Urban Institute (Washington D.C.-based think tank)
  7. IDev Blog. (2016, 11, 18). John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Maryland
  8. Medium (2020, 07 15). Medium Corporation (San Francisco, CA, United States)
  9. Transparency International. (2019, 03 11). Transparency International Pakistan
  10. Dawn. (2019, 12 24). Dawn (Newspaper)