Students at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) have developed the ‘Lahori Khoji‘ smartphone app, which provides guided tours of Lahore’s Walled City.
Posting information about the app, for guided tours of Lahore Walled City on social media, LUMS professor and historian Dr Ali Usman Qasmi said that “students designed the app and researched its content as part of a course offered at LUMS.”
He stated that the students who developed the application had conducted heavy research on the topic before designing and developing the app.
According to Dr. Qasmi, students conducted extensive analysis before designing and developing the smartphone application.
The students not only read the classical texts but also made several trips to the Walled City,” Dr. Qasmi wrote.
He explained that “in case there is any factual or technical error or misinformation in the text, please let us know so that we can fix it” because the app has been developed as a senior year project by undergraduate students and not by historians.
The students of LUMS have developed this App as part of their assignment for a course on the history of Lahore designed by Ali Usman Qasmi. Azan Bin Zahid and Taimoor Ali – senior year students at the Computer Science department .
They developed the technical aspects of the App under Professor Suleman Shahid’s supervision. In total, 32 students were divided into groups of 5, and each was assigned a particular gate.
They were tasked with conceiving a walking trail for the gate, which required extensive research about the gate, its various neighborhoods, historical sites, and the residents’ current lived experiences.
The students read up on such classical texts about the history of Lahore as the works of Syed Muhammad Latif, Kanahya Lal, and Chishti to do their research and collect relevant information.
They made several trips to the walled city, talked to the residents, explored the neighborhoods on their own, identified key sites, pinned them on google maps, and wrote historical notes about them. In their quest to find relevant information about the sites, the students were guided by Syed Faizan Abbas Naqvi.
The software, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, was released to coincide with World Heritage Day (April 18).