UIT University’s Library organized the 4th Annual Bookfair in collaboration with different vendors.
For every journey, initial debuts and inaugural moments are always very special .Undoubtedly, it is the same for us, as we bring to you the first edition of our newsletter “Education Matters”. This newsletter is all about our newly inaugurated University, achievements, Dr. Roomi’s vision for MERL-UIT, alumni networks, and corporate sector engagements. I hope you enjoy it. As we all know, the past two years have been very difficult due to the pandemic that affected the entire globe. Also, it made the students’ lives challenging due to online classes and a lack of activities. However, since September, 2021 we are completely operational and this newsletter depicts the wonderful time we have had. Here is an example of our teamwork and determination. Relish the read
Congratulations to the UIT University Newsletter Team on bringing out the first edition of the Education Matters newsletter.
The transition of the Usman Institute of Technology from an affiliate to an autonomous university is a dream come true and I am humbled that Allah Subhan Wa Ta'ala has provided us with this opportunity to celebrate with grace. Our relationship with the NED University shall also transform from affiliation to collaboration as we move on.
UIT University is a result of all the efforts put in by the Directors, HODs, faculty, and staff. I would like to pay special tribute to our Vice-Chancellor, the late Dr. Zahir Ali Syed, whom we lost in an unfortunate incident. He had played a vital role in this achievement and without his efforts; this would not have been possible.
With the excellence proven in our Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering programmes, UIT is now offering additional programmes i.e. Bachelor of Business Administration and BS Economics.
Most importantly, we want to produce graduates who are imaginative so they can think better. The interaction of our students with the faculty and the congenial atmosphere that we provide enables our students to be very motivated, which is one of our strengths.
We aim to prepare our students for corporate life through internships and industrial visits to diverse organizations to provide them with a holistic experience, and this is where we stand out!
I expect that UIT University will develop into a premier institution in the country and will continue with its legacy towards progression. I can say UIT University is playing its due role in promoting education in the country and hope that UIT will continue to ensure the best quality of education and research. May Allah be with you in your endeavors. Ameen
UIT University is perhaps the most exciting destination for smart students who are keen to make a difference. To do the best for our students, how to improve their learning and how they can contribute, drives us in our strategy and execution.
UIT is a mature institution with over a quarter-century of teaching and training our best and brightest. Our programs are accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council and National Computing Education Accreditation Council at their highest levels. Many of our over 4000 alumni have risen to leadership positions in technology and other areas not only in Pakistan but globally. Our recent graduate placement has been superb both for employment and for further studies.
Our best days are still ahead of us at UIT. There are cataclysmic changes in scientific and technical education and we at UIT, dedicate time to keep abreast of these and continually incorporate the more suitable into our teaching. We invest in learning from respected institutions and initiatives.
The majority of our faculty has taken training from Aga Khan University Institute for Education Development in active learning. Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (cdio.org) “is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers”. Many of our faculty members continue to use CDIO methods to improve their teaching.
Our efforts have been validated both in Pakistan and more recently globally. We are amongst the top in the number of final year projects funded by IGNITE (formerly ICT R&D Fund). This is even more remarkable when one considers the small size of UIT’s student body.
We have an amazing open-source computer chip design effort at UIT called Micro Electronic Research Lab (MERL). Our MERL students have been invited to present at the leading international conferences in their fields.
Over the years, we have encountered many very bright students who have performed below their potential at intermediate and A levels. To better serve such naturally bright students, we have created a student-centric ecosystem to better engage and help them achieve their best. We look forward to being facilitators in your four years of learning, growing, and maturing at UIT University.
Usman Institute of Technology has been given the status of an autonomous University by the Sindh Government. The cheif guest of the Inauguration Ceremony, Mr. Imran Ismail Governor Sindh said, "Youth is the future of our country and UIT University has made this journey with great efforts and it is considered as one of the best institutions."
Whereas, interim Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Shoaib Zaidi narrated, "This institution has been serving since 1994 as a non-profit organization. More than 4,000 graduates are serving in reputed firms not only in Pakistan but also internationally.
The purpose of the initiative is to collaborate with Govt. of Pakistan on a nation-building initiative. This collaboration will contribute to developing human resources for Pakistan's IT sector.
UIT University Micro Electronic Research Lab (MERL) is a pioneer in open-source chip design. Two of our RISC-V based designs for microprocessors, "Ibtida" and "Ghazi" were selected in the first Google sponsored MPW shuttle for manufacturing and both "Ibtida" and "Ghazi" chips have now been received by us. This is the first instance of open-source chips being designed in Pakistan and those manufactured chips being brought back to Pakistan for further evaluation. UITU hosted an event to celebrate this notable achievement.
The Honorable President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi was the chief guest and congratulated UIT for designing Pakistan’s First Open Source RISC – V Microprocessor through its undergraduate students and faculty.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Naveed Sherwani, Chairman & CEO Rapid Silicon San Jose, California, said that forty chip design labs would be set up all over Pakistan and UIT is the only university in Pakistan that started designing a chip in a small room two years ago.
This lab is led by Dr. Roomi Naqvi, who is a Process Technologist at Intel Corporation, Tempe, Arizona and supervised by Dr. Ali Ahmed, who is an assistant professor at UIT University.
Dr. Roomi told UITians, that the establishment of the lab is now fully functional and this is where you can explore, experiment, and create jobs for the people around you and they need to make the most of the provided opportunity; let us walk shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world. What we have achieved in the last two and a half years is unique exposure and initiative by UIT which is not found anywhere else. Dr. Roomi Naqvi and Dr. Naveed Sherwani attended the ceremony online from USA.
Our shining star Muhammad Ali Abbas student of the Electrical Engineering Department got 1st prize at the national level competition in the category of National Health Sector & received his award from the President of Pakistan at Islamabad.
Mr. Wajihuddin delivered a session on “The Road to Self-Discovery (Self Realization)”.
Col. Rizwan shared his experience regarding “The importance of Meditation”.
Mr. Raja Zia Ul Haq spoke about the importance of “Positive Attitude in Life”.
Mufti Tariq Masood enlightens the pearls of wisdom about the “Purpose of Life”.
Dr. Syed Faraz Ahmed guided the students regarding Cross-Disciplinary MS/Ph.D. opportunities.
Mr. Kazim Saeed, the author of “Duo Pakistan" spoke on economics, strategy, and policymaking by developing countries.
The executives of Amal Academy delivered a session on “How to make lasting first Impressions”.
Mr. Syed Taj Amin, CTO and co-founder of Tech Inoviq Solutions; shared a few words about “Software Engineers’ Role and Regulation in today’s era”.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
UIT University’s Library organized the 4th Annual Bookfair in collaboration with different vendors.
Organized blood donation drive in collaboration with The Indus Hospital.
In the wake of an urge to help the community, we conversed with a school close by named 'Tauseef Memorial School'
UIT-U Sports Society arranged a cricket trial match, in which 24 students were selected to be a part of the UIT-U Cricket Team.It will represent the university at upcoming tournaments.
UIT-U Sports Society in collaboration with Tecno Mobile organized an E-Sports event. Students won cash prizes of more than Rs. 68,000.
In order to provide sports and gaming opportunities to the students, UIT University in collaboration with UIT Sports Society organized Football trial session for UIT Football Team.
UIT University in collaboration with Uit Sports Society arranged an event "Table Tennis Championship". Players did excellent job and showed their wonderful skills.
EVENTS BY IEEE SOCIETY
COVERAGE OF EVENTS
Dr. Abid Karim leads our product - based learning and sustainability efforts at UIT University and with his guidance and motivation. Our students have completed a range of electric mobility conversions from bicycles to multi-person. The conversion of Suzuki Mehran to an Electric Car was the most popular and highly appreciated project. A common theme in many of Dr. Abid’s activities is to utilize existing assets and infrastructure.
Lithium batteries are expensive and thus their use is unaffordable for much of our population. Dr. Abid converts used rechargeable battery packs into rechargeable power source in his lab. At UIT, we have created portable UPS systems, electric-assist for bicycles, and electrification of wheelchairs using these refurbished batteries.
Dr. Abid’s team built a briquette-making machine that converts bagasse, a byproduct of sugar mills to briquettes, which were evaluated at Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and found to have higher caloric value than coal. This project won the best Final Year Project of the Year in the National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative funded by Ignite.
Dr. Ali Ahmed is the resident lead for our Micro Electronic Research Lab (MERL) and works closely with MERL founder and supporter, Dr. Roomi Naqvi.
MERL has been a remarkable success for UIT. It is rare for undergraduate students to design computer chips that are “tapped-out”, and sent for manufacturing. The first two designs, “Ibtida” and “Ghazi” were funded by Google for manufacturing and have returned to Pakistan.
Dr. Ali has designed MERL functions in a “low-touch + fission” approach, which has allowed us to scale it with very limited resources. Students upon induction are provided tasks and materials and through self-learning and guidance from Dr. Ali, this organic system is creating not only chip designers but leadership in our students. His effort has also attracted several other faculty members at UIT who are expanding the application areas.
Engr. Hadir Khan, UIT graduate of class of 2019 was awarded the Dean Scholarship at the University of California, Santa Cruz for a Masters's degree leading to a Ph.D.
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