Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chancellor Adil Usman stresses on importance of character building

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, has said that changes depend on values and morals, and character is the magic component that makes someone unique among the contemporaries.

“Each of us has the ability and potential to develop and strengthen our character that, of course, ensures the success in life”, he said while speaking at a reception hosted for visiting senior Aligarian Brig (Rtd) Iqbal Shafi at the SSUET campus.

Focusing on the importance of character building, the Chancellor pointed out that character is an amalgam of many qualities like honesty, integrity, dependability, diligence, loyalty, compassion, sincerity, attentiveness, determination and confidence.

“Good character is when your head, heart, soul and hands agree to do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons and the combined effort gets the right results in the midst of the most adverse conditions,” he elaborated.

Chancellor Adil Usman reckoned that education without character is like a flower without fragrance and education isn’t mere textbook knowledge.

“As a matter of fact education in the true sense has a great role to play in shaping ones personality and character. Let a student learn thoroughly whatever he may learn and let his conduct be worthy of his learning,” he stated.

He was of the view that the students should give top priority to education which necessarily builds their character. Following the thought and vision of the great educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the students of the SSUET are promoting the Aligarh spirit throughout the world, he added.

Speaking on the occasion the visiting Aligarhian Brig. (Rtd) Iqbal Shafi emphasized the need for character building  for true development of the country, and  which is totally ignored in our country with no one give importance to it.

“We have nearly 177 universities in Pakistan but none of the university has any inclusive and comprehensive plan for character building of their students. Our universities are producing employees, professionals but no leaders. We have failed to produce leadership so far in the country,” he regretted.

Observing that Pakistan lacks actual democracy, Brig Iqbal Shafi said charter of Medina or Meesaq-e-Medina was the 1st written agreement in the history of world. After emigration to Medina, Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) drafted the Charter of Medina, establishing a kind of alliance or federation among the eight Medinan tribes and Muslim emigrants from Mecca, which specified the rights and duties of all citizens and the relationship of the different communities in Medina including that of the Muslim community to other communities, specifically the Jews and other.

“The Charter of Medina reveals the Holy Prophet’s great diplomatic skills, as it instituted a number of rights and responsibilities for the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other communities of Medina bringing them within the fold of one community-the Ummah,” he stated.

Brig Iqbal Shafi informed that he got the charter for Sir Syed University, Islamabad, having affiliation with the University of Punjab. He said that, in addition to BBA, they were planning to start M.Ed and B.Ed courses in near future.

“If we produce teachers, they will motivate students focusing on character building wherever they will go and it will eventually turn into a movement of character building,” he said.

It may be pointed out here that Brig Iqbal Shafi was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) for his commendable services in Army. He also received Tehreek-e-Pakistan Gold Medal for his valuable services during Pakistan Movement. He is qualified in Chinese language.

He was posted as Head of Military Mission to China from 1974 till 1976. He has been Honorary President of Pakistan-China Friendship. He worked as Director Aga Khan Foundation for 12 years. He is the President of Sir Syed Society, Islamabad and also Chancellor-designate, Sir Syed University, Islamabad

The ceremony, attended by members of AMUOBA and oothers, concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by SSUET’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi .

Auto-CAD course inaugurated at SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has been inculcating a culture of skill development through in-house training programmes for its staff working at various levels in different departments with the objective  to depict the true picture of SSUET as a Centre of Excellence.

In this regard a two-week Auto-CAD Course, which was third in the series of skill development programmes, was inaugurated by Prof Dr S.M. Makhdumi, Dean Faculty of Engineering, in which 36 trainees are participating.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Makhdumi emphasized the need and importance of both   training and research in order to keep pace with the current developments taking place around.

“Latest knowledge and skills in the relevant field have become the key towards success. The students as well as the professionals need to keep themselves informed and updated,” he stressed.

Dr Syed Faisal Ahmed Bukhari, Chairman, Computer Engineering Department, also spoke on the occasion and highlighted  the need for such courses and suggested a similar course in C+ +.

The speakers emphasized the need for such cost free in-campus courses where the Trainers and Trainees are from the same institution and only available facilities are utilized, without disturbing the normal sphere of duties, as the staff is relieved one or two hours twice or thrice a week for 2-3 weeks.

Upon completion of the course, trainees will be awarded a Certificate which will prove invaluable and an asset for them for future growth. On the other hand, staff gets trained in multi-tasking and gives better performance and output.

So far the University has conducted three training programs under the skills development scheme. These programs were conducted in various fields.

Skill development was described as a continuous program launched this year to develop excellence in performance at all levels and in all the departments of the university.