Friday, January 16, 2009

New academic session commences at SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Mr Z.A. Nizami, has said that the institution has been established after the name of great educationist and reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and, therefore, politics is completely disallowed in its campus.

He made the observation while addressing the orientation session for the newly admitted students of 1st semester at the University's convocation ground. Among others, the session was also addressed by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Syed Nazir Ahmed, Engr Zakir Ali Khan, General Secretary, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association, Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed, Registrar, Brig (Rtd) Qamarussalam and Adil Usman, Members Board of Governors besides Dr Javed Rizvi, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Dr M.A. Haleem and Dr Bilal Alvi.

Mr Nizami said that he has spoken to top leaders of various political parties and they have assured of non-interefernce in the university's academic activities.
He pointed out that it is because of strict maintenance of discipline that no one indulges in any kind of anti activities and that is why the university enjoys worldwide recognition and its degree is accepted all over.

He told the new entrants that for them it is a very important occasion as they were starting a new journey towards their future.

He said that the university had been founded and sponsored by Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) based on the mission propagated by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Aligarh spirit.

Mr Nizami said that Higher Education Commission has awarded top `W' category and its disciplines accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council.

The Chancellor said the credibility of the university can be judged from the fact that it is a member of Commonwealth Universities Association and has collaboration with reputed UK and US universities.

Its syllabus, he explained, is prepared after consulting 80 top universities and colleges and only last week 910 graduates of this university were either doing Masters or service in the US. He said that graduates from this university have bright employment prospects.
He made it clear that the university has been established as a centre of excellence with belief in discipline and merit. Therefore they should take special interest in their classes with 100 percent attendance.

Addressing the session Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Nazir Ahmed, while highlighting the essential need of regularity and punctuality during their 4 year stay in this university, he told them that Engineering College at Aligarh Muslim University was quite different from other sections because the students and teachers both know worth of their time.

He made it clear to them that while studying here, there would be no relaxation for them in assignments given to them or else they would lose the marks.

The Vice-Chancellor said that they would receive here best possible education and it is for them to assimilate and make use of it.

Earlier Engr Zakir Ali Khan, General Secretary AMUOBA, spoke in detail on Aligarh Spirit and Traditions and said that the new entrants have been provided with the literature encompassing these two values. He said these are embodiment of Islamic values and starts with exchange of Assalam-o-Alaikum.

He said Aligarh Muslim University has 30,000 students out of which 30 percent are non-Muslims but even they, when meet each other, exchange greetings with Assalam-o-Alaikum.

Engr Zakir Ali Khan said this university was established under Sir Syed's Mission who wanted to develop the youth with all round qualities. He told them that when they enter the premises of this university, they would be nothing else but only Pakistani and Aligarhian.

He highlighted the facilities provided in sports and said the university has proper sports department and its students have won laurels in various sports. He said their involvement in sports will help them to enjoy their academic pursuits.

Welcoming the new entrants, the Registrar Shah Mhamood Hussain Syed congratulated them for getting admission in this university which, he said, was different from other universities as its sponsors Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association believed in education for developing overall personality and grooming the young generation to shoulder the future responsibilities.

"We not only impart knowledge but also inculcate various character building qualities, self-confidence, humility, accepting challenges and getting things done and see them grow not only as successful citizens of Pakistan but also as a true Pakistani, a Muslim and a true gentleman," he said.

Engr Zakir Ali Khan advised the students to take advantage of state-of-the-art laboratories, library containing latest reference books as well as extra curricular facilities that included both indoor and outdoor sports.

For research work, Registrar said, SSUET has collaboration with many foreign universities.
Members Board of Governors, Brig (Rtd) Qamarussalam and Mr Adil Usman also extended valuable advice to new entrants and their role during their stay in the university for four years.

Later the teachers guided the incoming students to their respective classrooms. It must have been a Red Letter day in the lives of the students in particular.

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