Mehvish Mushtaq becomes first Kashmiri to develop Android app

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

A 23-year-old girl, Mehvish Mushtaq has become the first Kashmiri to develop Android application that will help the Valley and its people by providing essential information on various government and private departments to resolve their everyday problems.

“I don’t want to be a second someone, I want to be the first me,” this is how this ambitious computer engineer, describes herself on her Facebook page.

The Android application named ‘Dial Kashmir’ comprises more than 500 contacts of the Government and the private departments, which is a one stop source for “essential information”.

The service, ‘Dial Kashmir’ contains important contacts of different departments, officials and public utilities and would be of immense help to the locals and tourists alike, asserts Mushtaq, who holds a Bachelors (BE) in Computer Science.

“I felt a need to develop such an application because Kashmir had none. ‘Dial Kashmir’ would provide information easily to the people here. There are many users of Android platform based mobile phones here,” Mehvish, a resident of uptown Barzulla informed.

She claims that the application has witnessed an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 with a thousand plus downloads on Google Play.

Mehvish did an online course of Android application designing in January this year and put together her skills and desire to develop a “helpful Kashmir centric application” and with an “actually, I can” attitude – as her display picture on Facebook suggests – developed ‘Dial Kashmir’.

“I did this online course at the end of which I had to develop something, as part of the project. It took me a couple of weeks to develop this application,” she said.

‘Dial Kashmir’ provides users detailed information like addresses, phone numbers and email ids of various essential services and other departments in Kashmir. It offers information on healthcare, education, transport and the police services. She further says that adds that with the help of this application, one does not have to surf internet pages, official websites and directories anymore, as these are available on this application.”

A music lover and an ardent Atif Aslam fan, Mehvish says technology fascinates her and her love for “any-thing-tech” was the sole inspiration behind her “dream of developing something which would help the people of my native place”.

Mehvish, who did her B.E from SSM College of Engineering and Technology in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, says girls in Kashmir are “second to none” and “can achieve anything”.
“We just have to keep a dream alive and start working towards realising it. We are second to none and once we set on something, we can achieve it,” she said.

The response to the application, she says, has been “encouraging”.
“Heartening to see a Kashmiri girl develop an android app when everyone claims to be a geek in Kashmir. Good work although app is simple. Keep it up,” one Android user, Rais Bhat, who downloaded the app from Google Play, wrote as feedback.

Another user, Wani Kamraan, wrote, “SPEECHLESS…! Well the application should be improved but this work of you should be appreciated by me, by your own people…So 4 stars for your outstanding work and extra one for being citizen of Kashmir… Thank You!”.

Mehvish says, she is now working on the upgradation of the application and trying to add “as more details and information as possible.”

Photograph courtesy: The Indian Express | Text Courtesy: Niticentral

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