Dr. Arshad Ali – DG of SEECS – tells ITLoW about his initiatives
If you have met Dr. Arshad Ali, Director General of the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (SEECS), NUST, you could not have failed to be impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and total sense of commitment that this man exudes.
He is a self-made man who got his early education in a village. He says he understands the value of a good education and he is committed to ensuring that the kids who apply for admission to SEECS are not shortchanged.
In addition to the learning that is provided at SEECS through a versatile curriculum, Dr. Arshad Ali creates opportunities for these young people to interact and work with universities and professionals in the industry in Pakistan and abroad. Some are involved in academic research, others work on providing industry research or creating working prototypes. This results in a lot of real-life learning that would otherwise not take place.
No industry professional has yet been able to turn down a request from Dr. Arshad Ali. I know that when he picks up the phone and asks me to do something, there is no way I can refuse. Such is the power of the man :). The Corporate Advisory Council that he has set up is impressive and effective. Meetings are held twice a year at which he provides an update on the progress that SEECS has made and the projects that have been completed. He delivers on anything he commits to and expects the same from industry professionals who work with him.
In my interview with him during my last visit to Islamabad, Dr. Arshad Ali talks about his early life and work and tells us about how he ended up at NUST. Dr. Arshad Ali also talks about the Corporate Advisory Council and its early days, and some of the things that SEECS and the kids in his care have achieved over the past few years.
SEECS has now moved into the H-12 campus in Islamabad which is on 700 acres of land and is going to house not only all the NUST colleges but also a variety of other very interesting things including a Science Park.
Disclaimer: Please ignore my squeaky voice in the intro – I had been suffering from a sore throat, fever and congestion but just had to do the intros so that the shows could go up on the CIO WebStudio.
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