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Twenty - three - year -old computer engineer Mehvish
Mushtaq, a resident of Barzulla in Srinagar, has become the first Kashmiri to develop an android application.

The application named ‘Dial Kashmir’ contains over 500 contacts and provides users detailed information like addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of various essential services, and other departments in Kashmir.
Mehvish believes it is a one-stop source of information on healthcare, education, transport and police etc., and eliminates the need to go through internet pages, official websites and directories.
Mehvish has a Bachelors (B.E.) in Computer Science from the SSM College of Engineering and Techtres nology in Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. She also did an online course on android application designing in January and, as part of the project, she developed the application in two weeks.
She felt that there was a need for an application like ‘Dial Kashmir’ that could provide information easily to many android platform-based mobile phone users in Kashmir.
“There was nothing like it in Kashmir. Most people here use android phones. There are many search engines but, there was no such application and people face many problems in finding the phone numbers of different places. So, I thought of doing something which would help the people. This application would be helpful for residents of the area as well as tourists,” said Mehvish.
Farah, a friend of Mehvish, said that she has made the whole state proud.
“She is the first girl to make such an application. It will be very helpful for the people. We are very happy for her. She has made us proud,” said Farah.
Mehvish is firm in her belief that girls in Kashmir are “second to none” and “can achieve anything”. She claims that the application has witnessed an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 with a thousand plus downloads on Google Play.
The response to the application, she says, has been “encouraging” and she is now working on improving it.

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