By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Chancellor the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, has reckoned that the institution has entered a new era of global competitiveness.
“We always wanted recourse to and not of replication,” he stated while addressing the SSUET’s Orientation Day function held for the newly admitted students of academic session 2014 at the Karachi Expo Centre on January 16.
Chancellor Adil Usman pointed out that education is the most powerful force which may change the world. People without education will not be able to improve their economic situation in the highly technological and global economy.
He observed that many students don’t progress successfully into secure employment or higher level education because they fail to acquire skills that will enable them to progress. A high quality engineer or technician can obviously be created only through high quality engineering and vocational teaching and training.
He considered it an honour and privilege to welcome the new entrants to the amazing community and assured each and every one that they are here because they deserved to be here and can bring something new and exciting to this diverse learning community.
“But remember one thing that the battle has just begun. You have to defend and protect the image of this great university - the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology,” he stressed.
He said they definitely feel special when invited to an excited 'Orientation Ceremony' where they are briefed about all the formal and informal rules and regulations and their expectations during the coming four years.
“I encourage you to be open to new ideas, experiences, and directions. And stay focused on your studies,” the Chancellor said adding that at the Sir Syed University they have got to learn from the most experienced and skilled faculty with the best and brightest surrounding.
He appreciated the faculty for its commitment for inculcating the spirit of hard work and excellence in the students and advised the students not to hesitate to call on their teachers when ever required.
They will be their best source of support and the relationships they develop here with the faculty, staff, and fellow students will also help them in their career building.
Success comes to those who truly distinguish themselves through preparation and make the very best use of any opportunity and advantage that they have. Share your knowledge and skills and absorb everything. And have fun.
Expressing best of luck to each and every one of them, he called upon them to also remember and see towards Almighty Allah in all their endeavors as it is going to do a lot in every success one acquires.
Earlier in his address Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi, extended a warm welcome to the new entrants and urged upon them to devote their full energies on acquisition of knowledge at this university.
He told them that best facilities of teaching and laboratory are offered to students in this university which enjoys best reputation at the national and international levels.
He told them to remain punctual as only punctuality will pay them. As to the students who come from Urdu medium, to pay greater attention on English to achieve higher proficiency in learning engineering of their respective choices.
Addressing the ceremony Dean Engineering Prof Dr Makhdoomi pointed out that Orientation and Convocation days bring important effects on a student’s life and said that during their stay here they should investment time in theory and practical to achieve what they have dreamt for their future.
Associate Dean, Prof Najib, in his speech, dilated upon the role of career planning and placement bureau, the university’s development, various facilities available besides continuing education programs.
Registrar Syed Abrar Ali, who conducted the proceedings, in his intervening remarks informed that the SSUET is the largest university in the private sector with nine disciplines while plans were afoot to add more in the coming years.
On the occasion chairmen of various departments gave presentations to students about their respective fields. They included Dr Faisal Bukhari, Chairman Computer Engineering, Dr Prof Hilal Qureshi, Chairman Computer Science, Prof Dr M A Haleem Chairman Bio-Medical and Bio-Informatics, Dr Bilal Alvi, Chairman Electronics and Dr Rehan Inam Qureshi, Chairman Telecom department.
The Convenor, Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT) and Member SSUET’s Board of Governors, Engr Yousuf Siddiqi, paid glowing tributes to late personalities of Engr Z A Nizami, Engr Zakir Ali Khan, Brig (Rtd) Qamarussalam Khan and Younis Khan and said they were the founders of this great university. He led prayer and offered Fateha for the departed souls.
Among others, the Orientation ceremony was largely attended by the members of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA).