Showing posts with label Karachi Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Karachi Education. Show all posts

Monday, September 21, 2015

4,000 appear in SSUET entry test

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Around 4000 candidates appeared in the entry test for admissions in the academic year 2016 of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) which was held under strict security measures at the Karachi Expo Centre.

The two-hour test commenced at the designated time of 10 am. and among the candidates were applicants coming from as far as Gilgit, Baltistan and Azad Kashmir besides other parts of the four provinces. 

The SSUET Chancellor, Engr Mohammad Adil Usman, visited the examination centre and had an appraisal of the arrangements made from the concerned officials. 

Talking to media on the occasion, Engr Adil Usman remarked that the university prepared future professionals for the competitive world equipped with extraordinary skills and outstanding abilities. 

“The university has established itself as a globally recognized institution of of academic excellence with career focused education,” the Chancellor said and pointed out that the SSUET prided itself for having the best and brightest faculty committed to international standards. 

On the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi informed that. keeping pace with the new emerging trends, the university has introduced new technologies to meet the ever increasing market demands. 

It may be mentioned here that SSUET is offering admissions in 10 engineering disciplines including computer, electronics, civil, telecommunication, bio-medical, software engineering besides computer science and architecture.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SSUET alive to fast technological developments: Chancellor Adil Usman

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman has said that the university was alive to the staggering speed at which the technology was growing and also to the multiple dimensions the technology is encompassing for its growth.

“To keep pace with the developments we must undertake the cultivating, nurturing and mentoring of young minds, employing the best of the available human and material resources”, he said in an interview.

He pointed out that the SSUET was established with a view to adorning the youth with the most modern knowledge and the University made them available the best choices for study in the field of modern technology.

Since its inception, he said, this university has been performing this sacred duty of developing the youth, capable to meet the challenges of the modern world. It is due to this fact that engineer from the SSUET occupy respectable positions in National and Multi-national organizations in Pakistan and abroad.

He observed that relevance with the main stream of modern technical education is also very essential for the University and this will be possible with continuous improvement of curricula besides adding new disciplines.

Keeping this in mind the University introduced Software Engineering, Bioinformatics and   Architecture as new subjects of study and this journey of growth will go further in the subsequent years too, he added.

Chancellor Adil Usman said that the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA), the sponsors of the SSUET, can look back with satisfaction that their efforts have really been crowned with success.

The graduates from the SSUET have earned good name for the University as well as for the country and serving honorably in the countries, which are touching the zenith of progress in Science and Technology.

The University, he noted, stands for humanism, tolerance, progress, adventure of ideas, the search of truth and for the new breakthroughs in technology and for onward march of the youth towards ever higher objectives.

“We keep promotion of human values as the keynote of schemes of our curricula and teach them importance of human values under the caption “Aligarh Movement”.

The young graduates, he said, must bear in their mind that they are living in the times where knowledge is the ultimate power. For them the road ahead may be long and full of perils and obstacles but the journey promises to be exciting, provided the honesty of the purpose is the guiding force.

Replying a question, Engr Adil Usman pointed out that countries in our geo-physical region have become the economic giants. This stature they have achieved through their progress in science and technology. The engineers and technologist have played a major role in their progress. In this age of competition, if we fail to take cognizance of the marathon of advancements, we will become economically pygmies.

 “We pin our hopes in our young engineers. They have full capacity to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges,” he stated.

The Chancellor recalled the services of late Chancellor, Engr Z.A. Nizami, and late Engr Zakir Ali Khan and remarked that “I cannot forget their memories for they were the founders of this great institution”.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Controller BSEK rebuts press report

Noman Ahsan
Controller of Examination, BSEK
By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has rebutted a news item appearing in a section of the press alleging that peons and clerks were appointed as invigilators during the Matric examination.

"The report was totally false and based on supposition,” Noman Ahsan, Controller of Examination, BSEK, said in a statement.

He said that the names mentioned in the report as peon and clerks were in fact registered invigilators in the Board.

He pointed out that Muhammad Yameen, a name mentioned in the report is a teacher having teaching experience of 13 years and Irfanul Haq has teaching experience of 17 years.

On the basis of their experience they were accorded the duty of invigilation, the Controller of Examination added. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SSUET’s 17th Convocation on April 10

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The preparations are in full swing for the 17th Convocation-2014 of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, to be held at the Karachi Expo Centre on April 10.

The arrangements and related matters of the university’s annual colourful and graceful event were reviewed at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chancellor, Engr Muhammed Adil Usman. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid H Rizvi, Registrar, Syed Abrar Ali, and other concerned officials were also present on the occasion.

The Board of Governors of the University will also meet on April 9 prior to the holding of convocation. The convocation rehearsal for the graduating students will also be held on April 9 at 3 pm at the Expo Centre.

This year about 1100 graduates of six technologies of Computer, Civil, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication Engineering and Computer Science besides having done their Masters will be awarded degrees.

The results of final year students have already been announced and displayed at the university’s website. The university has announced the names of gold, silver and bronze medal winners and those securing first three top positions.

Meanwhile, the university has directed all the graduating students to ensure attending the convocation rehearsal at the Karachi Expo Center at 3 pm on April 9.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SSUET’s board of governors meet

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Board of Governors of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, met under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi ,and approved the recommendation of the selection committee regarding faculty members of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

The meeting also approved the recommendations of Finance and Planning Committee regarding employees’ contributory Provident Fund statute and removal of anamolies and rationalization of pay scales.

The meeting reviewed with appreciation the university’s financial position for the period from July 1 to December 31, 2013, and the steps taken for streamlining and proper management of its financial resources.

The Board also appreciated the university and its management for their concerted efforts for its future development and particularly had a glance over under construction buildings including Block-E named after its founder Chancellor Z A Nizami besides construction of additional floors in Block-H.

The introduction of three new programmes from current academic year which earned overwhelming response was also appreciated.

Earlier the Chancellor SSUET, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman also met the members of the Board and discussed with them his vision about development of the university.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Lt Gen (Rtd) Moinuddin Haider, Dr A Q Khan, Justice Sadiq Hussain Bhatti, Prof M D Shami, Additional Secretary Education, Sindh Government, and Mohammed Yusuf Siddiqui.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SSUET extends date for submission of Admission Forms until November 18

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has extended the last date for submission of admission forms until November 18.

The deadline for submission of forms was expiring on November 11 but in view of the rush of the admission seekers, the university extended the date by a week to accommodate them.

There, however, is no change in the date of aptitude test which is scheduled to be held on November 24. It has been emphasized that the admissions will be strictly on merit giving weightage to marks obtained in Matric (SSC), Intermediate (HSC) and aptitude test.

This year there has been an all time high number of students seeking to get admission in engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication besides Computer Science with more than 30 percent increase reported in the number of admission seekers as compared to last year. 

The SSUET has over 5500 students on its roll studying in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Civil and Telecommunication besides Computer Science. The university is already offering post-graduate programs at Master and Ph.D levels besides robust continuous education program in the evening.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has granted highest "W4" ranking to the University while graded as 5-star University by the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee of Sindh Government. The ISO 9001 certified, SSUET is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and International Association of Universities (IAU), UNESCO, Paris.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More students submit admissions forms at SSUET as November 11 deadline nears

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

With less than a week left for the deadline of submission of applications for admission to various engineering disciplines being offered at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), there is greater rush at the counters set up for the purpose.

The university has fixed November 11 as the last date for submission of admission forms while the aptitude test will be held on November 24.

This year there has been an all time high number of students seeking to get admission in engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication besides Computer Science and already there has been a 25-30 percent increase in the number of admission seekers as compared to last year. 

From the new academic session 2014, the University is offering new programmes of Architecture, Software Engineering and Bio-Informatics. However, this will be subject to approval from accreditation bodies.

Keeping the ever growing number of admission seekers and seats limitations in view, the university has chalked out an expansion program whereby a new block to provide more class rooms and laboratories is being constructed to fulfill the PEC laid criteria.
 The university is also exploring the possibility of introducing some more BS program and research institutes. The university has allocated limited seats on merit for the wards of overseas Pakistanis.

The SSUET has over 5500 students on its roll studying in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Civil and Telecommunication besides Computer Science. The university is already offering post-graduate programs at Master and Ph.D levels besides robust continuous education program in the evening.

It may be mentioned here that Higher Education Commission has granted highest "W4" ranking to the University while graded as 5-star University by the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee of Sindh Government.

The ISO 9001 certified, SSUET is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and International Association of Universities (IAU), UNESCO, Paris. The university has announced that the admissions will be strictly on merit giving weightage to marks obtained in Matric (SSC), Intermediate (HSC) and Aptitude test.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SSUET participates in Advanced Quantitative Analysis workshop

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The use of predictive analytics software has made it easier to confidently predict next moves and thus help in making smarter decisions and resolve problems with improved results.

“It helps universities easily integrate statistical analysis, data and text mining and survey research instruction in the classroom,” Prof Dr. Jawaid H Rizvi, Vice-Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, observed during the two-day online training workshop on Advanced Quantitative Analysis through SPSS and AMOS organized by Institute of Research Promotion, Lahore .

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that innovative programmes help prepare future business leaders to encounter tough challenges using industry leading IBM technology.

IBM SPSS software enables educators to teach effectively, helps students gain critical analytical skills and supports more accurate and insightful institutional research and decision making, he added.

The workshop objective was to train the participants in how to produce various advanced level statistics according to their research needs and how to use SPSS and AMOS for producing quantitative analysis, interpreting values, applying tests and producing results in graphical modeling.

Around 40 participants of SSUET were connected to the other institutions and researchers across the country through this Webinar, HD Video Conference.

The program also focused on Interpretation and writing quantitative findings and building capacity to produce quantitative analysis through software.

Quantitative analysis has become increasingly pre-requisite to academic research, managerial reports and field analysis. Sophisticated quantitative techniques are applied to report patterns, test significance, infer statistics and present results in graphical models.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fall semester commences at SSUET on July 22

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The fall semester classes at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, are set to commence on July 22.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawaid H Rizvi, revealed that the necessary arrangements have been completed with regard to maintenance of classrooms and laboratories while the faculty had started reporting on duty since July 15.

Meanwhile the Chancellor SSUET, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, alongwith Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Rizvi, have conducted department wise faculty meetings from July 15 to 20.

During meetings, the faculty members were introduced to Chancellor Adil Usman, specifying their qualifications, experience and teaching assignments for the coming semester.

The Chancellor expressed satisfaction that the university has very well qualified and experienced faculty and was impressed by the efforts being made for enhancement of quality teaching education.

He noted that many faculty members have completed their Ph.D programs and many others pursuing their post-graduation at Ph.D and Masters levels at SSUET and other universities.

He assured continued support of the university for enhancement of quality education as well as Faculty Development Programme.

On the occasion ice-Chancellor Dr Jawaid Rizvi expressed the determination to strictly follow the policy guidelines from the Chancellor.

Chancellor Adil Usman also held free and frank exchange of views with the Faculty members and assured that their views would be valued.

The faculty assured that every effort will be made to promote the image of the University as a Centre of Excellence and transfer of latest knowledge to students.

With the conclusion of these meetings, the university is now set to start from July 22. During the holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak, the classes will be held from 8.30 am to 3.10 pm daily except Friday when the timings will be from 8.30 am to 11.50 am.

Kazi Jan Mohammad set to drive EPI by replicating successful polio eradication model

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Deputy Commissioner of Karachi Malir, Kazi Jan Mohammad, who earned worldwide recognition for his role in eradicating polio from Karachi against the heaviest of odds, has urged to replicate the successful model and save the precious lives by reviving the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).

Presiding over a meeting of the Town Health Officers of his District, he called for practical and action-oriented approach to the EPI in order to make it more purposeful and effective instead of just going through the motions.

“The successful model of polio eradication is in front of us and it should be used as a guideline for the EPI activities in future. There were efforts for eradication of polio since the 1990s but the results only came in a matter of months when an integrated approach was adopted. We need to come out of the comfort zone and let’s take the trouble of tackling the problem heads-on to accomplish our goals,” the DC advised the officers.

“To get started let’s prepare a list of the resources we have at our disposal and what we really need to function in top gear. Let all the health officers get into action and do this fact-finding without exaggeration or manipulation. To achieve this objective we will have a weekly meeting at my office for the next couple of months. Then we will convene these meetings fortnightly for four more months before making it a monthly event,” Kazi Jan Mohammad announced.

“We have assembled here to achieve the results by fast-tracking our efforts. We do have the support for resource mobilization. We are prepared to arrange for the resources without which we cannot work effectively. We are ready to provide generators or even manage electricity connections at places which don’t have power at the moment. We can’t expect to work without being fully equipped,” he explained.

“The scale of outbreak of various diseases and the resulting deaths indicated that the routine immunisation targets were being missed and majority of the children were not vaccinated against the preventable diseases. We have to act swiftly and responsibly. We have to enhance our outreach. We have to increase the rate of efficiency as well as the rate of coverage,” he emphasized.

The participants of the meeting were informed about the salient features of the polio eradication programme undertaken by the office of the Deputy Commissioner. They were offered to centralize their efforts by networking with the polio control room.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SSUET board approves new programmes

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Board of Governors of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has given go ahead for start of new programmes from new academic session 2014.

Vice-Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi has revealed that the university plans to start new programmes in Bio-Informatics, Architecture, Software Engineering and Management Sciences.

The university, he said, is also exploring the possibility of introducing BS program at its Institute of Environment and Human Settlements.

The Disaster Relief Plan Cell at this institute has published various reports on Disaster preparedness in the wake of floods, rains, earth quakes, fire etc which were highly appreciated in various circles.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that at present SSUET has over 5000 students on its roll studying in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Civil and Telecommunication besides computer science.

He said that keeping the new emerging trends, the university has decided to start new programs to meet the growing market demands.

Dr Rizvi said the university is already offering post-graduate programs and at Master and Ph.D levels besides robust continuous education program in the evening.

He said that ssuet labs are equipped with state of the art equipment. It is the policy of the university to continue to improve and update its laboratories with latest equipment.

He said the introduction of new programs from new academic year would open up doors for those who want to enter the fields having greater potential to cope with the growing market demands. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

SSUET’s Rs 897 million deficit budget approved

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Rs 897.07 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, was passed on June 21.

The University’s Board of Governors which met under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr  Jawaid H. Rizvi, granted approval to the budget which shows a deficit of Rs 35.56 million.

The budget showed an income of Rs 861.50 million while the expenditure has been set at Rs 897.07 million thus making the budget  in deficit by Rs 35.56 million.

Of the total budgetary estimates Rs 13.2 million have been earmarked for research projects while Rs 40 million have been set aside for provision of scholarships, Rs 26.9 million for purchase of additional lab equipments, Rs 20.5 million for construction of new academic block, Rs 7.8 million for providing financial help out of profit of endowment fund to students and employees. The University’s Endowment Fund has been set at Rs 320 million.

The budgetary estimates shows Rs 5 million having been allocated for providing financial incentive for faculty ccarrying out work on research projects , Rs 0.8 million for Ph.D graduate programme, Rs 5 million for hiring foreign specialists faculty, Rs 8.5 million for development of new campus on 200 acres of land as well as IT Park.

During 2013-14, the University will spend Rs three million on purchase of new books, research journals and equipments for the library.

A provision of Rs 23.3 million has been made for development works out of profit from endowment fund. The budget shows an accumulated development fund of Rs 111.4 million.

Out of total income of Rs 861.50 million estimated for the fiscal 2013-14, the university will receive Rs 752.15 million from tuition and allied fees, Rs 77.35 million from other income, Rs 31 million as profit on endowment fnd and Rs one million from donations.

On the expenditure side, the highest chunk of the budget of Rs 545.48 million will be consumed on establishment cost.

The budget estimates of Rs 897.07 million for 2013-14 are higher as compared to revised estimates of Rs 791.41 million of  2012-13.

Similarly expenditure is also estimated to go up to Rs 897.07 as compared to Rs 791.41 million during outgoing financial year.

Meanwhile the Board of Governors  paid homage to late Chancellor Engr Z A Nizami, who passed away on April 7, and unanimously passed a resolution eulogizing his services and achievements besides lauding his dedication and commitment to the cause of education.

The Board granted approval to the recommendation of the University’s Academic Council for introduction of new disciplines, and modifications in different courses studies. It also approved the audit report for the period upto June 2012 and also approved the appointment  of existing external auditor for the period July 2012 to June 2013.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

7 week semester break at SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services) 

Following the conclusion of the spring semester examinations at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, a seven-week semester break has got underway at the campus.

The examinations, having started on May 27, were conducted in six engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical and Telecommunication besides Computer Science.

According to an annoucement made by the University administration, new semester's classes will commence from July 29 after a the seven-week break.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Arif Kassam elected to NED’s senate

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Noted structural engineer Arif Kassam, has been elected unopposed to the Senate of the NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi.

The notification in this regard was issued by the NED University on June 3, announcing his election under the University Graduates category.

Arif Kassam did his BE (Civil) from the NED University in 1979 securing sixth position while he completed Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 1983.

He has written and presented many papers on topics like methods of seismic analysis of buildings and their comparison with special emphasis on D-value methods, dangers of improper modeling in E-tabs, seismic design and drawings for IMF, proper detailing of reinforcement and concrete for fire resistance.

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 .

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SSUET to collaborate with Spain’s Malaga University

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, and the University of Malaga, Spain, have agreed in principle to have collaboration between the two institutions for Masters and PhD programs besides exchange of students and faculty members in various disciplines of engineering.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held between Chancellor SSUET, Engr Adil Usman, and Dr Javier Poncela, a visiting Professor from the reputed Spanish Malaga University, at the SSUET on April 17.

The meeting was attended, among others, by the SSUET Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi, Chairman Electronics Department, Prof Dr Bilal Alvi, Registrar Shah Mahmood H. Syed, Dr S M Makhdumi, Dean of Engineering, Dr Najeeb Ahmed, Associate Dean Engineering, Director QUE, Prof Zakaullah, Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Consultant, Yahya Waliullah, Director IT and Statistics, and Mohammad Aamir, Assistant Professor Electronics Engineering.

During the wide-ranging discussion Dr Javier sought collaboration between the two universities with the focus on research and development.

After having visited the facilities available at the SSUET he was of the opinion that collaboration between the two institutions will be of mutual benefit, particularly for PhD programmes and exchange of students and faculties. He also spoke about assessing the possibilities of undertaking joint research programmes.

In his remarks the SSUET Chancellor, Engr Adil Usman, stated that their university looked forward for the collaboration in higher engineering courses, Masters and PhD, observing  that they will soon evolve a system for working with the Malaga University.

The SSUET Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jawaid Rizvi, added that the university will welcome such collaboration as far as possible and would further discuss faculty exchange in particular as well as Masters and PhD programmes.

Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed informed the participants of the meeting that the SSUET already has collaboration with many US and UK universities and would like to have the same relationship with Malaga as well.

He said the two sided should identify some concrete steps to achieve the objective and sign MoU for the purpose and to make the collaboration effective.

Later, the two sides went into another session to discuss and sort out technical details for the proposed collaboration.On the occasion the Chancellor presented the SSUET’s traditional souvenir

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Engr Adil Usman takes over as SSUET Chancellor

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The newly elected President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA)  Engr Muhammad Adil Usman has taken over as  the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, on April 8.

Engr Adil Usman, having graduated from the Aligarh Muslim University in the discipline of electrical engineering in 1968, is the Chief Executive of the Associated Technical Consultants, a renowned engineering consulting firm.

He has been taking active interest in the promotion of technical education in Pakistan besides his other social sector engagements. He is the founder member of the SSUET having been a member of the Board of Governors for the last many years.

He is also Convener and Member Governing Body of the Aligarh Institute of Technology. He has now been elected as the President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), having been elected its Senior Vice President earlier.

He has actively contributed in social and professional bodies. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) for two consecutive terms, 1991-93 and 1994-96. He was the Convener of the PEC Consulting Engineers Regulation Committee in 1996.

He was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Association of Consulting Engineers, Pakistan for the term of 1999-2001 and worked on National and International level for furtherance the cause of the engineering community in Pakistan.

Engr Adil Usman has attended numerous technical seminars held in Pakistan and abroad having presented a large number of technical papers many of whom have also been published in the reputed international journals.

He has been involved in research projects related to introducing viable sources of renewable energy in the Pakistani market, one of which was the local design and fabrication of a bio-diesel production plant.

He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers and Vice-President (Electrical) of Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP). He is also a member of various prestigious institutions, actively working for promoting cause of the engineers at all forums.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Engr Adil Usman elected new AMUOBA President, SSUET Chancellor

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Executive Committee of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) went into an emergency session at the AMUOBA Head Office in Karachi on April 7.

The meeting unanimously passed a resolution whereby Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, Senior Vice President, will take over the charge as President of AMUOBA and as the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, by virtue of this office.

The resolution will be effective with immediate effect as per provision of the Memorandum and Article of AMUOBA and the Act of the SSUET.

The meeting also passed a resolution condoling the sad demise of Engr Z A Nizami, the President of the AMUOBA and the Chancellor of the SSUET, who passed away in the early hours of April 7.

The meeting offered Dua-e-Magfarat and prayed to Almightily Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Baba-e-Karachi Z A Nizami passes away

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The man who gave a new development concept to the ever-sprawling city of Karachi breathed his last on April 7 at the age of 81.

Engr Z.A. Nizami, the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), the President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) and a former Director General of the defunct Karachi Development Authority (KDA), passed away after a brief illness.

Born on May 31, 1931 in Meerut, Engr Nizami has left behind five sons and a daughter besides grandsons and granddaughters to mourn his death. He lost his wife, a reputed short story writer, last year when she died in the US and was laid to rest in Washington on March 19, 2012.

Engr Nizami’s Namaz-e-Janaza was offered at Masjid-e-Umer near his Clifton residence while the burial took place at the Karachi Milk Plant graveyard in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

The funeral and burial was largely attended by hundreds of his fans who included ministers, former elected representatives, bureaucrats, educationists, members of the civil society, members of AMUOBA and the officials and staff of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology.

An acclaimed genius, Engr Nizami who rose from the position of an engineer to the office of Director General of KDA and steered the city of Karachi to new concepts of modernization having introduced 45 schemes which remained at the same number till his death as not a single new scheme was launched after his retirement.

Besides being a town planner of world class, the most outstanding achievement of Engr Nizami was Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology which he established from AMUOBA’s platform in 1994 with four engineering disciplines in the initial stage and with a total enrolment of only 200 students. The university today has six engineering disciplines with an enrolment of over 5000.

He established this university on the land situated in the heart of Gulshan-e-Iqbal and with solo efforts also acquired 200 acres of land in the Education City.

Engr Nizami’s last official public appearance was at the SSUET’s 16thConvocation held on March 26 at the Karachi Expo Center where over 1100 passing out students were awarded degrees.

The last interview of Engr Nizami, done by this scribe, was widely published in print media just one day before the Convocation in which he spoke in detail about the progress achieved by SSUET in just 18 years and the future plans he had for it.

A remarkable and outstanding person, Engr Nizami had the reputation of being so considerate and sympathetic to poor people. He provided them jobs in SSUET to help them earn their livelihood.

He passionately promoted both academic and extra curricular activities at the university which won laurels nationally and internationally, particularly in the fields of sports, declamation contests and other social and cultural activities.

He remained the President of AMUOBA for seven consecutive terms and held the office of Chancellor of SSUET by virtue of this office ever since the university came into being.

“Who will now listen to our wows and grief and extend a helping hand,” said an unknown crying poor man.

“I was a newspaper hawker selling newspapers around Hotel Metropole and Mr Nizami made my son an engineer who is now earning handsomely in Dubai,” a weeping Iftikhar said.

Engr Nizami’s youngest son, Naveed, was in the US when he was informed about the worsening condition of his illustrious father. He dashed to Pakistan and met his father just four minutes before he expired. Engr Nizami saw his son, patted his hand and his eyes shut down for ever.

Meanwhile the soyem for the departed soul will be held on April 9 between Asr and Maghrib prayers at his Clifton residence.

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology has announced a mourning session to pay homage to their late Chancellor at 10 am on April 8 and will close down after offering of fateha for the departed soul.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

SSUET to offer PhD programme in more engineering disciplines

Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi
By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

This was disclosed by the SSUET Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi, in an interview on April 1 in which he also spoke about the accomplishments of his the institution.

The university, he pointed out, is offering Bachelors of Science Degree programmes in six disciplines, civil, computer, electronic, biomedical and telecommunications engineering besides computer science. 

The Masters programme, he said, covers these six areas and in addition offers a Masters of Science degree in Mathematics also and announced that the graduating class which passed out recently at the 16th Convocation included the first batch of Masters’ degree recipients for civil engineering, biomedical engineering and mathematics. 

The Ph.D programme is offered in the disciplines of electronic engineering and computer engineering. It is only for faculty members and currently there are 15 students pursuing Ph.D studies. It is expected that some of them will complete their research work and receive Ph.D degree in the coming year. 

He recalled that first convocation of the SSUET was held on March 27, 1998 in which 197 graduates were awarded Bachelor degree in the disciplines of electronics and computer engineering while recently 1150 graduates in six disciplines received the Bachelor degrees and 32 were awarded Master degree in six disciplines. 

The SSUET VC informed that since the university was established in 1994, it has produced over 10,000 graduates in a number of disciplines ranging from civil engineering to biomedical engineering. 

Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi emphasized that the university operates on the philosophy of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan with no restrictions on admissions on the basis of caste, creed or domicile. “The admissions are provided on the basis of merit alone and for this reason, it has seen an increasing influx of talented students from all parts of Pakistan,” he asserted. 

The University, he continued, believes in providing its students with access to all necessary tools to succeed with its state of the art labs equipped with modern equipment meeting international standards in order to provide students with practical knowledge to augment the conventional classroom learning. 

“We ensure that there is a 1:1 ratio of students to computers to enable each individual access to a separate computer. The yearly budget allocates funds per department for up gradation and purchase of additional equipment. The computer engineering department currently has eight labs and a further Rs 10 million has been earmarked in this year’s budget," he revealed.

He said that the electronic engineering department was also equipped with eight labs and a budget allocation of Rs 8.6 million made for the current year. 

He remarked that the SSUET holds the honour of being the first university in Pakistan to introduce biomedical engineering as a discipline in 1996. 

"Our graduates in this specialty provide support to major hospitals across the country and ensure that the health care system in Pakistan is provided with the proper maintenance of equipment and that international standards are maintained. The biomedical engineering department currently has nine labs with latest equipment and Rs six million allocated for the current budget," he said.

"The civil engineering department was also setup in 1996 and is currently the most popular discipline with over 1750 applicants competing for a limited number of 200 seats. The department has 10 fully equipped labs and Rs 8 million allocated in the 2013 budget. The telecommunications engineering department had its second batch graduated at 16th Convocation and it has has seven labs with a budget allocation is Rs 4.4 million for the current yea," the VC stated. 

In addition, the University library has a rich collection of over 75,000 books and offers a book bank system whereby students can borrow books for an entire semester. 

"Our active career planning department assists graduating students in placements as well as arranging internships," he said.

 The Vice-Chancellor explained that the university has a policy, which ensures that capable students are not deprived of education due to weak financial position. 

"The University scheme of Scholarship and Financial Assistance helps the needy and deserving students, who have financial problems. In the fiscal year 2012-2013, Rs 40 million allocated for the university in many other areas also will always be valued. In addition to sports, the university also encourages participation in extracurricular activities through its Literary Art and Culture Forum. The forum provides an opportunity for students to take part in debates, qiraat and naat competitions," he added.

 Referring to passing out of graduating class of 2012, Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi quoted Sir Syed Ahmed Khan as having said: “National progress is the sum total of the individual’s labour, honour, honesty and sympathy. Similarly, national downfall is the cumulative result of the individual’s laziness and dishonour.”