SEECS draws IT professsionals from all 3 cities

June 13, 2008 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

The NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) continues to surprise me. I remember on my first visit there a few months ago, I was totally floored by the number of young people with brilliant start-up ideas and the passion to carry them through.

Last week I attended my first Corporate Advisory Council Meeting at SEECS. The Conference room at the Institute was a regular Who’s Who from the IT sector comprising senior people from Cisco, HP, Microsoft and CEOs of leading IT companies from all across the country. They were there for one reason. SEECS is a happening place. A number of young accomplished Professors who have returned from all over the world are leading research projects at the University involving bright graduate students in these projects, some of which are also in collaboration with the industry.

Dr. Arshad Ali, the Director of IT at SEECS, is the driving force behind the buzz of activity. He is focused, he is full of energy, he creates linkages and opportunities and is not satisfied with the status quo. At the CAC meeting he asked the Council to be specific – what could they do to contribute and what did the University need to do. Action items were noted and, knowing Dr. Arshad Ali, they will be followed through aggressively. A blog has also been set up for the CAC to interact with the University so that the interaction is not restricted to the meeting alone. Way to go SEECS!

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