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12th Open House and Career Fair held at International Islamic University Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The 12th Open House and Careers Fair was organized by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the International Islamic University (IIUI) in Islamabad on Wednesday.

In the event, the students exhibited more than 100 innovative projects.

The projects showcased included solar and formula cars, an advanced application-based operatable wheelchair, eye technology, a healthcare monitoring system, an electric wheelchair, smart energy meters, a water distribution system and power generation projects.

The students apprised the visitors about their projects to the invigilators, representatives of industry and chief guests.

The projects were also viewed and analyzed by industrialists and engineering experts, who chose students for career-building.

While addressing the 12th Open House and Careers Fair as the Chief Guest, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz stressed the need for a linkage between industry and academia.

The federal minister said that youth are a ray of hope and a guarantee of a bright future. He said that interest and performance of youth in Engineering and Technology is a positive omen.

Shibli Faraz said that the Ministry of Science and Technology is focusing on promotion of applied research. He added that the ministry is keen to build a link between industry, education sector and the government.

The event was also addressed by the President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Sardar Yasir Ilyas who said Pakistan has 55% youth that if utilized, can bring prosperity and progress.

The ICCI president stressed upon addressing the disconnect between academia and industry and role of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce in this regard.

Sardar Yasir Ilyas said research and commercialization must be the top priorities at the universities. He said that the approach of job seeking should be replaced with job creation.

Speaking on the occasion, the IIUI Rector urged to conduct interaction activities between students of technology & engineering and the industry. He added that links between academia and industry could resolve issues.

The IIUI Rector Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that linkage of academia and focus on knowledge economy are the key elements to solve our issues. He said that the IIUI is travelling towards new heights and the IIUI President Professor Dr. Hathal Homou Alotaibi has informed that the university will soon have 15 foreign faculty members through a sponsorship by Imam Muhamamd Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

The IIUI Rector also said that a number of new patents through the incubation centre of IIUI have been processed. He told that the IIUI president has also apprised that the university is about to launch its ODL and online learning system through which courses in various 90 programs shall be offered soon.

Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai appreciated the hard work of the IIUI President and vowed that no stone shall be left unturned for the progress of the university. He said that few elements were trying to sabotage the university’s progress and such attempts shall be foiled on all levels.

In his address, the IIUI President Dr. Hathal Homou Alotaibi briefed about the introduction, role, scope, objectives and future aims of the university. He said that the university is all set to advance towards the destination of success through new initiatives such as inclusion of foreign faculty, distance learning and online short courses and new strategic plan.

The IIUI president hoped that the new strategic plan of the university will pave the way to achieve lofty goals. He told that the university is also focusing on linkages and adoption of the latest trends of teaching and learning.  Hailing the FET open house, he said the event provided a platform to bring academia and industry together to share experiences and bring positive results.

In his address, the Dean FET Nadeem Ahmed Shiekh thanked the IIUI leadership for the support and also elaborated about the details of the event.

The Director General HRD NESCOM Dr. Nadeem Ahmed Javed and the Member Technical KRL Dr. Abdul Qayyum also attended the event.

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