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[January 04, 2014]
MUET hosts IEEE PSGWC'13 Engg is Pakistan's future
(Pakistan Engineering Review Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Pakistan in collaboration with IEEE USA Karachi Section and IEEE Communications Society - Karachi Cha-pter hosted a three day mega event of IEEE Pakistan Student, Gold and WIE Congress (IEEE PSGWC'13) on October 23-25, 2013. The theme of the congress was 'Engineering: A sustainable future for Pakistan'. In his welcome address, Chief Organiser Prof Dr Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry said that IEEE is world's leading professional association for advancing technology.
IEEE community is mandated to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilisation. The congress had attracted over 400 participants - students, graduate engineers and industry professionals - from all over Pakistan. Prof. Chowdhry also announced that soon a petition will be filed to form IEEE Jamshoro subsection under IEEE Karachi Section.
This will give many advantages to students of universities near Jamshoro. Engr. Parkash Loh-ana, Vice Chairman IEEE Karachi Section, highlighted learning opportunities provided by IEEE within engineering sciences, research and technology. IEEE Education Program's goal is to ensure growth of skill and knowledge in engineering related professions and to boost commitment for continuing education among IEEE members, engineers, scientifistits and general public. Prof Dr MA Uqaili, MUET's Pro Vice Chancellor and chief guest of the inauguration ceremony, eulogised IEEE's role as a leading standards making organisations in the world. He said that through its Standards Association, IEEE performs standards making and maintaining functions.
These standards affect a wide range of industries including: power and energy, biomedical and healthcare, IT, telecom, transportation, nanotechnology, information assurance, and many more. MUET will extend all cooperation organizing IEEE activities. The event included 11 seminars, 4 technical lectures, 9 competitions, a panel discussion and 2 keynote talks from highly distinguished speakers. Technical lectures covered telecom, electronics and electrical engineering. Competitions included Project Competition, Matlab Programming, Networking, Innovative Ideas, Poster Competition, Programming Competition, Gaming and Videography Competitions amongst others.
Panel discussion had John White of USAID Power Distribution Program, Engr. Tufail A. Shaikh, Dr Faisal Karim Shaikh, Engr. Parkash Lohana and Prof Dr MR Abro. They discussed what the country requires from its engineers for progress and also took audience questions . Keynote speaker on Day 1 was Prof. Dr. Tariq Durrani, eminent research professor affiliated with University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He is also IEEE President Elect for 2013.
He highlighted the importance of volunteering and participating in extra-curricular activities, especially for engineers. He said that 'engineering' is really the key to Pakistan's development and discussed the role they have to play in this regard. Keynote speech on Day 2 was from Dr. Stefano Bregni, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He is also IEEE Communications Society VP for Member Relations. Dr.Bregni talked about IEEE Communications Society's role in developing telecom standards globally. He also highlighted the benefits of attending such events and participating in competitions.
He encouraged students to take part in IEEE's 'Communications Technology Changing the World' competition, which was designed to expose students in communication engineering and related technologies.
Chief guest of the concluding ceremony Jam Khan Shoro, a Sindh minister congratulated MUET on the success of IEEE PSGWC'13. He urged young engineers and researchers to come forward with zeal and zest to provide beacon light to solve the problems faced by the country due to lack of technology, data and information. He was very pleased to note MUET's high rank amongst country's engineering universities. Dr AQK Rajput, VCof MUET said it was due to appreciating merit in the university and its highly qualified faculty. MUET imparts quality education for less privileged people of the region. MUET has produced the country's first PhD in engineering. Our faculty do the maximum in empowering students for building their careers. Like Dr Uqaili he also appreciated the tireless efforts of the event's organising committee.
Chairman Region 10 Student Activities Committee Engr. Om Perkash Batra, from Australia urged students to work hard, arm themselves with latest technology and take part in IEEE professional development activities. At the end Chief guest awarded shields to guest speakers, judges and organising committee members. He also distributed cash awards competition winning teams. The event was sponsored by IEEE Karachi Section, Higher Education Commission, ICT R and D Fund Pakistan and IEEE Communication Society Karachi Chapter. The event was cosponsored by Jubilee Corporation, Ideal Distribution, Paktech Instruments and Rastek Technologies, Karachi.
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