Interview with Arsalan Khan

Interview with Arsalan Khan

Arsalan

Q: Is there something your town/city is famous for, or something interesting or unique about it?

A: I belong to Jalala, District Mardan. Mardan is famous for Badayuni Pairay and Amrasas from Lund Khwar.

 

Q: Favourite subject in school? Favorite course at university?

A: I have completed my BSE in Computer Software Engineering from UET Peshawar, Mardan Campus. My favorite subject was Digital Logic Design because I enjoy working with digital gates.

 

Q: Work experience?

A: I have worked with RaR Multibiz Service as an Android Developer. Then I joined Digital Pakistan and the latest experience has been working with Red Stonz Technology as an Android Developer.

 

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I like to utilize my free time by learning about new technologies and listening to music.

 

Q: Why did you apply to the KP Government Innovation Fellowship?

A: To work with experienced people using different technologies and learn from each other. Most importantly, to work with government departments and provide better solutions to civic problems.

 

Q: Which government department were you assigned to work with? What solution did you work on?

A: We were assigned to work with the Local Government Department (WSSP & WatSan Cell). We worked on the sanitation component of SDG#6 with the department. We developed the Public Toilet Finder Mobile App, mapping all the public toilets in KP and making them more accessible to the public. We also added a feature within the app to enable citizens to review and provide their feedback on the services available at each toilet location through the app.

 

Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: Making an app for the Malakand Levies and automating their system.

 

Q: How has your experience of the Fellowship program and working with the government been like? What were the challenges? What were the positive aspects?


A:  I have had an amazing experience with the Fellowship. It was a little difficult to understand the government processes but otherwise, it has been a very good experience overall.
I have improved my project management skills and have also learned how to deal with and handle clients.

 

Q: What was your favorite part of being a Fellow?

A: My favorite part about being a Fellow was the mentoring sessions and the environment.

 

Q: What is a unique quality you bring to the Fellowship that nobody else has?

A: Developing logic for problems and managing tasks.

 

Q: What do you hope will be the impact of the work that you did? What do you hope this will achieve?

A: It will create awareness in the general public and make public toilets more accessible.

 

Q: What is one civic/social problem in your community/hometown that you think needs to be solved urgently?

A: To promote IT education in the region.

 

Q: What is your favorite book/movie/tv show and why?

A: My favorite book is Java Programming Language and I like it because it is relevant to my field.

 

Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I play the guitar very well.

 

Q: How would other people (friends, colleagues) describe you?

A: As helpful and creative.

 

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

A: The ability to fly so that I can travel the world.

Ebtihaj
Ebtihaj
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