Friday, October 19, 2012

AMUOBA observed Sir Syed Day with traditional enthusiasm

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Distinguished speakers paid rich homage to the great reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, on the occasion of his 195th birth anniversary observed under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) with a call by President AMUOBA and Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Engr Z A Nizami, for acquisition of the latest knowledge in the field of science and technology.

“Acquiring scientific and technological knowledge is the only solution for the problems being faced by the Muslims,” he observed in his Presidential address, declaring that the arduous task which was undertaken by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia must continue with the same missionary zeal.

Engr Nizami described the establishment of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology as a big step towards the desired direction. He said that today SSUET was regarded as the top engineering university of Pakistan having collaboration with top 11 universities of USA.           

He reminded that Sir Syed’s aim was not just to establish a college at Aligarh but pursue the Muslims to acquire modern education to lift them up from a precarious position, having devoted whole of his life for this purpose.

Speaking on the occasion, Azad Bin Haider, a renowned politician of his prime days and a writer and researcher of eminence now, stated that it was the great reformer Sir Syed who gave a new direction to the Muslims of South Asia and it was mainly due to his movement that many more new movements for Muslim’s renaissance started in South Asia.

He said that the observance of Sir Syed Day by AMUOBA every year is a highly fruitful act and Pakistan can be led to the path of progress if the motives behind Pakistan Movement are remembered.

He thought of Sir Syed a real motivator who launched a movement for Muslims to acquire modern education and created a wave of awakening in them. He urged the youth to focus on their education which is the only solution to every problem.
Prof Dr Waqar Rizvi, a religious scholar and writer, presented a paper on Pakistan Movement and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that it was the national spirit behind the mission undertaken by him which can truly be regarded as the foundation for the creation of Pakistan.

Renowned scholar, columnist and Pakistan Movement Gold medalist, Saeed Siddiqui, remarked that the past of nation is the pride of nation.  He said those nations who forget their history are bound to be eliminated.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, he said, was a great visionary, statesman and Muslim reformer of the 19th century who worked tooth and nail to make the community progressive and lead them to the cherished objective.  

He said that Sir Syed was the first Indian Muslim to contribute to the intellectual and institutional foundation of Muslim’s modernization in South Asia.

He recalled that in 1862 he formed a scientific society, and 13 years later he assisted in establishing the Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College, which prospered and became the key intellectual center for Indian Muslims - The Aligarh Muslim University. The success of the college was largely due to his leadership and a curriculum embodying both Western and Oriental studies.

Ali Zafar Qadri, a senior Aligarhian presented a detail chronology of the life and accomplishments of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan while Khumar Farooqi, a renowned poet and writer, paid poetic homage to the great reformer and educationist and drew a big applause.

A significant feature of the function was highly impressive speeches on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by SSUET students Umer Khan in Urdu and Umer Ali Kazmi in English. The audience highly appreciated their knowledge about the great reformer.

Another feature of the well-attended function was singing of Tarana-e-Aligarh” sung by boys and girl students of Sir Syed University.

Monday, October 15, 2012

IT expert regrets reluctance to adapt to new trends

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

With fast changes taking place in the era of globalization as compared to a decade back, new technologies are coming up every now and then with newest applications and tools.

“But the old-timers working with old technologies are reluctant to adopt the new trends”, Farrukh Nizami, an IT expert, regretted while addressing a seminar on Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) held at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, (SSUET), Karachi.

Farrukh pointed out that Internetworking has grown fast during the last few decades to maintain the basic user requirements with major purpose being  to connect several related networks jointly so that each user could share the information same moment.

He said that Internetworking involves connecting networks which use different protocols and how different nodes in a network are connected to each other and how they communicate.

“There is no scarcity of jobs in the market for networking/IT professionals,” he stated adding that still the capable candidates were not available in the field.

He explained that Cisco Networking Academy is a global education programme which teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world.

The Networking Academy, Farrukh explained, provides online courses, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for ICT while and networking career is a requirement now-a-days virtually in every type of industry.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sindh Government’s Youth Affairs Department recognizes significance of media

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Youth Affairs Department of the Government of Sindh recognized the significance of media by joining hands with the Institute of Journalism, in holding a discussion on Media Patronage for Youth Development’ at the Arts Council of Pakistan on October 13.

Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, was the chief guest in the forum which was presided over by Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary Youth Affairs to the Government of Sindh.

The Sindh Youth Minister candidly expressed his views about the current media practices and concluded that the youth development issues needs to be highlighted and should be patronized by media.

“Media being the fourth pillar of Pakistan must patronize youth development issues and should raise the voice of youth. The young journalists should be trained in a way that they can easily become the voice of youth and play their role effectively,” he stated.

Shoaib Siddiqui reckoned that the youth of the country was capable enough to make its presence felt in the field of media.

“Our youngsters do have the capacity to meet the challenge. Many of them have become successful media professionals. They have the talents to do the job. They, however, could fine tune their skills after completing their education,” he advised.

“Besides the young professionals the media in general should take the responsibility of playing its due role in patronizing the youth development,” Shoaib Siddiqui added.

Amin Yousuf, Secretary, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ), and Ahmed Shah President, Arts Council of Pakistan, also shared their views and experiences on the occasion.

The event, attended by a large number of media professionals and aspiring young journalists, concluded with vote of thanks presented by Nauman Adil, Executive Director, Institute of Journalism.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Arif Ali Shah Bukhari meets Bosnian President

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Arif Ali Shah Bukhari, Regional Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a chapter of World Presidents Organization (WPO), held a meeting with the visiting Bosnian President, Bakir Izetbegovic, in Islamabad.

During exchange of views, the Bosnian President invited Arif Bukhari, to bring YPO delegation to Bosnia in order to explore business opportunities over there. 

They also discussed other matters of mutual interests and Arif Bukhari, founder of YPO capital, expressed his gratitude and informed the President of his best feelings for Bosnia and his plans to arrange meaningful dialogues between the top businessmen of both countries.

Arif Bukhari, a Member Board of YPO MENA (Middle East & North African Region), is currently the Chapter Chair of Pakistan. He is also the Founder of YPO Indus chapter and Mentor of WPO Pakistan Chapter.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

YPO/WPO could help Pakistan’s cause immensely: Arif Ali Shah Bukhari

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

“The Pakistani members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a chapter of World Presidents Organization (WPO), together with their international counterparts, would take a leading role through which international events could be held in Pakistan and ideas shared between our government as well as private organizations to create opportunities for further development of our natural resources, energy sector, industries, agriculture and most importantly education.”

This was stated by Arif Ali Shah Bukhari, Regional Member YPO while speaking at the launch of YPO Capital Pakistan at a ceremony held in Islamabad.

The YPO, he pointed out, as an organization created opportunities for them and in turn allowed them to grow personally and professionally.

"The YPO goal is to ensure that every member’s experience is a unique and personal journey filled with many opportunities for growth,” he said adding that as a peer organization, we expect a lot from one another.         

This peer connection, he said, makes us, to our core, the world’s leading network of chief executives.

Arif Bukhari revealed that the YPO-WPO is a global network of 20,000 top executives based in 100 countries out of which 150 Pakistanis have the distinction of being members of the prestigious organization. 

“The YPO’s mission is to create better leaders through education and idea exchange", he emphasized.

He said that the organization promotes the holding of high-level meetings through which global business opportunities are enhanced.

"The YPO/WPO is an excellent platform through which we can very constructively help change the perception of Pakistan for the better,” he reckoned.

Together with our international counterparts, we can bring investments in Pakistan. We seek the support of President Asif Ali Zardari to build feasible strategies with which we would be able to make Pakistan a truly progressive industrial and agricultural nation,” Arif Bukhari observed.

He called for making the gathering of YPO members a take-off point from where we may learn about the vision of our President for our country.  He spoke and threw light on the working and contribution of the organizations for uplift of the economy.

Arif Bukhari is a Member Board of YPO MENA (Middle East & North African Region) and has the honuor of being amongst the founder members of YPO Pakistan Chapter of which he is the Chapter Chair. He is also the Founder of YPO Indus chapter and Mentor of WPO Pakistan Chapter.

Sir Syed, University of Karachi host National Conference on Space Sciences

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The first-ever National Conference on Space Sciences, spread over a couple of days, concluded in Karachi on October 9 with the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Engr Z A Nizami, calling upon the engineers to keep pace with the fast changing technologies.
The conference was organized by the SSUET with the collaboration of the University of Karachi, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) as a part of World Space Week-2012.
The opening session was inaugurated by the Sindh Education Minister, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq at the University of Karachi while the concluding session was held at SSUET on the second day with Chancellor Z A Nizami being the chief guest on the occasion.
Engr Nizami remarked that the technologies are witnessing rapid changes every moment and one can take advantages of the latest development only by keeping pace with the same.
He referred to his visit to the Harvard University some time back and said the chief speaker on the occasion, a Nobel Prize winner, while giving his remarks had stated that he is making speech exact at 4.30 but cannot say what will be a change in the very next moment.
At SSUET, the Chancellor said, a system has been worked out to introduce all important aspects of the engineering disciplines being taught here keeping the technological changes taking place so rapidly in view and it is here for the engineers to keep pace with the same if they want to progress.
He informed that in India engineering subjects are taught in consonance with the employment related survey which is carried out every year and released only two months before the start of admissions. He desired similar practice in Pakistan.
“We are faced with lot of challenges in space technology and we have to address them efficiently and promptly,” he asserted.

He pointed out that over a hundred projects in various engineering disciplines are developed here at this university every year and he is introducing a system to make these projects self-financing. In this regard he assured all out support, whatever required from the university, to project developers.
He considered the conference very fruitful and a laudable effort and said that new upcoming technologies will have to be pursued to achieve success in various engineering fields.
Earlier Dr M. Jawed Qamar, Founder Director, Institute of Space and Astrophysics, University of Karachi, presented some of the recommendations formulated at the conference asking for introduction of astronomy at school level, introduction of astronomy and space science at degree level in simple term and labs, observatory etc at science level; focusing importance on basic sciences mainly Astrophysics in developing countries, specially Pakistan.
Another recommendation called for maintaining peaceful conditions, necessary for continuous research, particularly in space sciences.
The Vice-Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Jawed H. Rizvi, said the conference brought new problems and issues to lime light, which needs to be considered by international bodies like the UN.
The conference, he said, has also helped in promoting personal contacts between scientists and engineers, attending the 2-day moot.

Dr Jawed Iqbal, In charge Institute of Space, University of Karachi, spoke highly about the outcome of the conference and thanked KU, SUPARCO and HEC for their valuable coordination.

Dr Syed Faisal Ahmed Bukhari, Chairman, Department of Computer Engineering and Convener, Organizing Committee, SSUET, presented the vote of thanks and said this conference was a contribution towards World Space Week 2012 on the theme of ‘Space for Human Safety and Security’ and it produced valuable results.

At the conference space engineers and scientists made over a dozen technical presentations. The session concluded with distribution of certificates among chairmen of various sessions of the conference and shields to session secretaries.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Z A Nizami inaugurates Durrani Institute of Computer Technology

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

“Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) has achieved remarkable success in developing information and communication technology, having emerged as a modern educational technology hub contributing significantly to both knowledge acquisition and knowledge creation.”

This was stated by the SSUET Chancellor, Engr Z.A. Nizami, while inaugurating Durrani Institute of Computer Technology established under the auspices of Nashrah Foundation.

Engr Nizami pointed out that despite the difficulties of various magnitudes, new initiatives have to be taken up in order to ignite and accelerate the creative and research potential of students and offered his full support for the divine cause.

Earlier in his speech, Junaid Ahmed Mukhtar, President, Nashrah Foundation, observed that little drops of water make mighty ocean.

“The Nashrah Foundation, which started with a little space, is now progressing in leaps and bounds to accomplish its cherished goal of becoming a great institution of international repute,” he stated.

Badaruddin Fakhri, another speaker, pointed out that any act of kindness is an eternal deed and the establishment of welfare organizations like Nashrah will prove a great legacy for future generations.

Earlier in his welcome address Syed-un-Nabi stated that the opening of the Durrani Institute is a befitting tribute to late Engineer Durani and has been founded to promote the thought and philosophy of Baba Obaidulla Durrani.

SSUET to organize National Conference on Space Sciences

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

A week-long international celebration of space and atmospheric sciences has begun with hundreds of events in dozens of countries around the world to highlight the ways and means by which humanity’s space activities make daily life better for on the planet of earth.

To mark the occasion, the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, in collaboration with the University of Karachi, will be organizing a day long  National Conference on Space Sciences at its campus on October 9 at the campus.

The objective of the World Space Week is to educate people around the globe about the benefits of space flight and exploration and encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development.

The theme for the Space Week is ‘Space for Human Safety and Security’ and the United Nations (UN) had instituted the World Space Week in 1999 and the event was first held a year later.

The initiative of the SSUET will be greatly helpful in spreading awareness about the subject among the educated youth of the country.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Service structure for engineers soon: Chairman PEC

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, has assured the engineers to receive good news about their service structure with time scale promotions very soon.

Addressing a big gathering of engineers from across Pakistan at a dinner hosted by the PEC at Hotel Beach Luxury on October, he recalled PEC’s suggestion in this regard was agreed to by the then Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, and now it has to go through lengthy bureaucratic process for implementation and the Council was on it.

He pointed out that there are about 20,000 engineers in federal/provincial departments and autonomous bodies but they did not possess any service structure nor were given automatic time scale promotions.

Referring to PEC’s achievements, Qadir Shah informed the audience that the Council has been awarded provisional membership of Washington Accord, Engineering Mobility Forum (EMF) and is also collaborators of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Singapore (IES), Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Jaban Accreditation Board of Engineering Education (JA BEE) and other such prestigious Forums.

He disclosed that, in recognition of its efforts, the mega event of 5th World Engineering Congress (KIEC) will be held in Islamabad in March 2013 with an expected participation of over 500 eminent engineers and scientists from all over the world.

Pointing out that over the years there has been a communication gap between the PEC and the engineering community of the country he assured that the present Governing Body can dispel this impression through concerted actions.

“We will try that the actions and initiatives taken by the PEC are shared regularly and effectively with the engineer’s community while a system was also in place to get their feedback,” he stated.

He said one of the reason for the pitiful conditions of engineers’ community in Pakistan was lack of opportunities and to overcome this shortcoming, the PEC has decided to promote culture of  socialization and at least one social gathering will take place in each major city in a year.

Khurshid Shah asks engineers to make Pakistan a true nuclear power

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, has called upon the engineers to use their vision and expertise for further development of Pakistan to bring it at par with the developed nations of the world and for this purpose the government’s political support will be available to them.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a dinner hosted by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) at Hotel Beach Luxury, Karachi, on October 5. Over a thousand engineers belonging to various disciplines from all over the country attended the dinner along with PEC’s Vice Chairmen from Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.

The Federal Minister credited the engineers and scientists for having made Pakistan a nuclear power.

“People are the fountain head of real power but the engineers are the real backbone of the country”, Khurshid Shah remarked while making a special mention of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan for his contribution in transforming Pakistan into a nuclear state.

“Our engineers have the vision and the capability to take the country to another level. We will continue to march forward if they utilize their energies in a more productive manner,” he emphasized.

He pointed out that currently Pakistan was facing many pressing issues with the energy being on top of the list.

“If our engineers can construct Chashma Nuclear and Taunsa Barrage projects with better planning, they can surmount this issue as well. I am confident that the engineering community can lead the turnaround,” Khurshid Shah believed.

He said that Pakistan cannot afford to spend 60 billion rupees every month just to import furnace oil for producing 6-7 thousand MW of electricity.

He recalled that the country started establishing furnace oil based power units in 1978 only because of its being the cheapest fuel at that time, without planning for the future prospects and the result was that as against a 60 paisa per unit production cost at that time, electricity was being generated today at Rs 21 per unit.

The Federal Minister observed that if the country does not buy furnace oil, it plunges into darkness and of makes such a massive spending, the national kitty goes empty.

He advised the engineers to work on wind, solar and other modes of power generation with emphasis on effective utilization of Thar Coal which is bound to bring a revolution in the country’s economy as the government has decided to have all power generation projects in future to be  coal based.

“It would cost Rs 200 billion if coal is imported to produce 20,000 MW of electricity but if indigenous coal is used and power generation costs Rs 8 per unit, this tariff will remain the same even after 10 yeas. The present government’s strategy is to use our own coal reserves which are one of the largest in the world and this would provide such a big boost to our economy that by 2015, the dollar can come to the Rs 60 level,” he thought.

Stressing upon the engineers to work on solar energy, he pointed out that if the foreign engineers can manufacture cheaper solar panels then why not ours could do the same by mobilizing their talents and energies.

“If there is a will, there is a way. We have to build the future of Pakistan with your vision and our political will. Together we will make a stronger and more resourceful Pakistan,” he hoped.

Khurshid Shah said that despite various ups and downs and the heavy odds being faced by the present government, it was meeting the challenge with all patience and tolerance as it believes that the country cannot sustain conflicts between institutions.

“Instead of indulging in conflicts, the country should have gone towards a direction where Pakistan would have been a power nation and it believes that instead of political in fight, the country should move towards socio-economic programmes with emphasis on health and education,” he stated.

He paid tributes to President Asif Ali Zardari who, he said, did not maintain his “qibla” on one direction but if he went to US and UK, he also went to China and Russia and is the first leader to promote economic ties with India.

He reckoned that the government could be criticized unjustly but the fact is that revenue collection during its rule jumped from Rs 900 billion to Rs 1900 billion and it is the first government to return 1.2 billion dollars against the loan obtained from World Bank.

Similarly, he said, the foreign remittances increased from 5.2 billion to 13 billion dollars because of their efforts which resulted in the increase of work force abroad from 2.5 lacs to 4 lacs.

The Federal Minister said that despite the resource constrains, the present government spent billions on Swat migration, 2010 floods and 2011 rains having distributed the amount to the people in a transparent way.