Abbottabad, the city of picturesque
landscapes is not only famous for its scenic beauty but also
for its reputed educational institutions. It is for this
reason it is called "The City of Schools".
Knowledge acquirement and higher education
are transforming virtually every aspect of today's world.
Higher education institutions have been trusted to be the
central stage of academia. These institutions have the mandate
to evolve a knowledge based socioeconomic culture in the
country and to help the nation, face modern challenges.
The COMSATS Institute of Information
Technology (CIIT) established its campus in Abbottabad in July
2001 at Tobe Camp. CIIT is one of the leading institutions in
Pakistan, with a well-established repute, a wide range of
interests and facilities. In just few years, it has expanded
from one campus in Islamabad to five other campuses, one each
at Abbottabad, Wah, Lahore, Attock and Sahiwal.
COMSATS-IIT organises different types of
international and national academic activities as part of its
teaching and research process, Techno Moot being an example.
It was held at the Abbottabad campus and is a high-tech
national level event consisting of seminars, symposia and
exhibitions. It was the third in the series of
multidimensional gathering of scientists, engineers,
technologists and business experts form variant disciplines
The Techno Moot 2008 was a result of the
efforts of many people and was a success due to the
unconditional support of Dr SM Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT and
Director Campus Dr Haroon-ur-Rashid. It was convened and
organised Dr Saleem Farooq Shaukat. This event, being an
activity of COMSOFT, provided a platform to Academicians,
industry executives and software companies to interact and
find out mutually beneficial solutions and activities.
The activities lined up during event
• Electrical System & Microcontroller
Applications (EMCOT) that was organised by the Department of
Electrical Engineering. Students from variant universities of
the country, displayed different projects based on recent
world's technologies such as Electrical Systems,
Microcontrollers, and Telecommunications.
• Computational Complexities, Innovations
& Solutions (CCIS) that was organised by Department of
Mathematics. The primary objective of the symposium was to
provide an opportunity to the participants and students to
interact with renowned computational scientists in the fields
of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and
Engineering. Panel discussions were also conducted to
enlighten students and other participants of the Moot.
• Conference of Software Enterprises
(CSE-2008) was organised by the CITC COMSOFT, a subsidiary
company of COMSATS-IIT, Abbottabad. The objective of the event
was to provide an opportunity to industry and companies to
acquaint visitors and students with latest development in ICT.
Thirty companies participated in the event from all over
Pakistan, namely NCR, Pi Sigma Group and NetSol etc.
• The VisionICT (Information &
Communication Technology) was organised by the Department of
Computer Science. It provided a platform for conducting
various IT-related activities with a focus on the challenges
of the ICT world and quality education.
• Managing Innovation Leadership
Strategies (MILES) was organised by the Management Sciences
Department. Keeping in view the importance of management and
its strategic role in today's ever-changing and dynamic
environment, the Department of Management Sciences, CIIT,
Abbottabad, has decided to provide a platform for not only the
business students but also the working entrepreneurs,
managers, businessmen and faculty for interaction and exposure
within their community at national level for sharing the
latest trends in the field of management sciences. It aims at
providing solutions to manage innovation, leadership,
entrepreneurship and strategies. The objectives of its
activities have been focused on the betterment of society and
businesses through improved management practices.
Along with faculty, students, scientists,
engineers, industrialists and entrepreneurs from all over
Pakistan, the Techno Moot was also attended by the Director
Campuses and Deans of variant Faculties of CIIT. Dr Shahid
Ahmed Khan, Dean Faculty of Engineering, CIIT Islamabad campus
was the Chief Guest, Dr Usman Javaid, Communication Technology
Expert, Vodafone was the key note speaker in the opening
ceremony of Techno Moot 2008.
In EMCOT, a total of more than 90 projects
were also displayed, by the major engineering universities
like UET Peshawar, College of Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering NUST Rawalpindi, UET Texila, GC University Lahore,
NWFP UET Abbottabad Campus, Military College of Signals NUST,
Pakistan Navy Engineering College Karachi, Dawood College of
Engineering and Technology Karachi, PIEAS/PAEC Islamabad, CIIT
Wah, CIIT Islamabad, Air University Islamabad, University of
Sargodha, SUIT, Sir Syed University Of Engineering and
Technology Karachi, NED university Karachi, Institute of
Industrial electronics engineering Karachi, Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Institute, International Islamic University Islamabad,
National University of Science and Technology, UET Lahore,
Hamdard University Karachi, CIIT Abbottabad.
More than 15 enterprises from Karachi,
Lahore, DI Khan, Islamabad and Abbottabad also participated in
the exhibition. These included Pi Sigma, Next Bridge, Abacus
Consulting, Dee Byte, Amos Global, Interactive Technologies
Gateway, Suave Solutions, VizTech, Web Maestros, CITC CIIT
Abbottabd, National Testing Services, International Islamic
University, Zong China Mobile company and Wateen Telecom etc.
Apart from this, a seminar on "Growing
need of Telecom Software and Carrier related
Opportunities." was also conducted and was headed by Mr
Adil Munir Malik from Nokia Seimens.
The projects on display were a clear
indication of the changing trends in Engineering education in
Pakistan. The student's projects on display were competing for
cash prizes of 30,000, 20,000, and 15,000 for first second and
third position respectively.
The panel of judges for the different
categories included Prof Dr Asghar Saqib UET Lahore, Dr Junaid
Mughal GIKI Topi, Dr Laiq Khan CIIT Abbottabad, Dr Iqbal Awan,
Chief Manager, IDBP, Islamabad Prof Bahadar Shah, Chairman,
Department of Public Administration, Gomal University, DI Khan
and Dr Khalid Rasheed, Head of Department Computer Science
CIIT Islamabad. Dr Iqbal Awan, Chief Manager, IDBP, Islamabad,
and Professor Bahadar Shah, Chairman, Department of Public
Administration, Gomal University, DI Khan.
Panel discussions were headed by Prof Dr
Asmatullah Khan CIIT Abbottabad, Rehmat Ullah Kundi FAST
Peshawar, Dr Noor M Khan MAJU Islamabad, Prof Dr Shafiq GIKI
Topi, Dr Usman Javaid Vodafone UK, Prof Dr Q.K Ghori CIIT
Islamabad, Prof Dr Qaisar Mushtaq from Qaid-e-Azam University
Islamabad, Dr Ghulam Qanber Abbassi, the Chairman Mathematics
CIIT, Prof Dr Tasneem M. Shah from Air University Islamabad,
Dr Asgar Qadir from NUST Rawalpindi, Dr Talat Afza, Dean
Management Sciences, Dr Asad Zaman, Professor, International
Institute of Islamic Economics, International Islamic
University, Islamabad, Dr Safdar Butt Dean, Faculty of
Management Sciences, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Islamabad,
Dr Mahmood A Bodla, Director CIIT, Sahiwal, Dr Faredullah CIIT,
Islamabad, Captain Naghman Director, PN Farms Navel Complex,
The 3rd Symposium on "Computational
Complexities Innovations and Solutions" was attended by
more than 100 participants comprising a number of prominent
mathematicians and scientists from various universities and
prestigious institutions of Pakistan. A total of 30 speakers
also delivered speeches on different fields of Mathematics
including Computational Fluid Dynamics, Number Theory, Group
Theory, Astrophysics, Graph Theory and Quantum Mechanics. The
Symposium was highly appreciated by all participants.
Prof Dr Raheel Qamar, Dean Faculty of
Sciences CIIT Islamabad was the chief guest for closing
ceremony that was also attended by the guest of honor and
acting Rector Dr Muhammad Azim, Dr Haroon-ur-Rashid, Director
Abbottabad Campus, Dr Shahid Ahmed Khan, Dean Faculty of
Engineering, CIIT Islamabad and Dr Hassan HOD Telecom
Engineering, CIIT Islamabad.
TechnoMoot provided a platform for
conducting various IT-related activities with a focus on the
challenges of the ICT world and quality education to the level
of excellence. All in all, the event was a successful affair
and gave the students a chance to explore avenues of
internships at enterprises.