WORKSHOP on Python for Data Science

One Day Workshop on Python for Data Science was organized by Software Engineering Department, ZUFEST on 26th October 2019.  This event was intended to bring students to up to speed in Python.

Engr. Sadia Aziz and Ms. Tooba Munir were the Resource Persons who trained students about Python. Python is an open source and most preferred programming language these days as it supports multiple programming paradigms, including object-oriented, imperative programming styles. Python is known for its ease of developing your own tools and as well as for developing secured websites and programs.

It also has tons of libraries that help’s throughout your journey in the field of programming. Hence, it provides an excellent platform to work with.

The aim of the workshop was to provide training to the students on the use and benefits of Open Source Software and the following aspects of Python Programming was covered:

  • Introduction to Python programming
  • Basics of Python
  • Control Structures- Loops, Conditional Statements
  • Functions in Python
  • Data Sciences Using Python
  • Advanced Python Libraries- NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib and Pandas

A number of students from various engineering and science universities participated.

Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Munaf (Chairman Software Engineering Department) also addressed participants about the new trends and technologies in field of computing. Certificates were also awarded to every participant.

Sports Day

From Oct 9th2019, to Oct 11th 2019, ZUFEST Student Council organized EC Week i-e Extra Curricular week. The first day, Wednesday 9th Oct, 2019 was associated with sports such as Futsal and Badminton tournament. In this event there was an active participation from the female players too. The council had fixed the registration fee for each sports. We had total 30 players (both male and female players) for badminton and 30 players for futsal registered.

The Futsal had 5 teams from different departments. Each team consist of 5 players and 1 reserved member. The matches were played between teams in a league. The duration for each match was 20 minutes. Mr. Khan was the referee for the matches. The tournament proceeded with the audience of about 100 people with the students from all the department of ZUFEST morning and evening shifts & faculty members. The final showdown between the teams of biotechnology vs. biomedical was a nerve wracking experience as both team tied the match. To finalize the results each team was given 3 penalties in which team Biotech won the tournament.

The badminton tournament was whole another experience, as there were 30 players i.e. 20 boys and 10 girls, 3 pools were formed to proceed the matches .The matches were played in pairs. From pool A the final contestants were Huzaifa Ashraf and Nadeem Shah from Bio medical department who confronted final contestants from pool B consisted Muhammad Bin Amjad and Sheharyaar from electrical department who won the male doubles final.

While pool C consisted of female players who showed the equal spirit in the game. The finalists were Fizza and Bisma from Biotech department who were ready to face off Seerat and Haya from Biomedical and BBA respectively. Female doubles final was won by Seerat and Haya.

There was an arrangement for all the attendees to witness the sports. The whole experience was a source of enjoyment for every one as it gave us a source of unfading memories.

Character Day

On October 10th, 2019 Thursday, ZUFEST Student council decided to dress up. Yes the students dressed up as their favorite characters .The content of character was their choice so we saw a variety of themes that included culture, horror, medieval era, super heroes and some villains.

This simple combination of multiverse not only excited the students who were already happy as they got some time to fled away from the studies ,the teachers enjoyed too and appreciated the students.

The purpose to organize this day was to give students ownership for a day and celebrate it on their own. Soon we saw students engaged in taking pictures and making videos of the plays their character portrays. They were joined by the teachers who were actively taking part in videography. The day passed in a light mood with lots of positive vibes as it seemed that we were having a fair or festival with lots of cackles and laughter’s.

The purpose to organize this day was to give students ownership for a day and celebrate it on their own. Soon we saw students engaged in taking pictures and making videos of the plays their character portrays. They were joined by the teachers who were actively taking part in videography. The day passed in a light mood with lots of positive vibes as it seemed that we were having a fair or festival with lots of cackles and laughter’s.

Beach Party

From Oct 9th2019, to Oct 11th 2019, ZUFEST Student Council organized EC Week i.e. Extra-Curricular week. The last day, Friday 11th Oct, 2019, it was decided to wrap up the week at the beach. Thus turtle beach was the fine spot for the picnic. The council had issued passes for registration and the response was very positive.

The students began to gather starting from 8:00 AM, there was an excitement to see and anticipation to feel. Few sports goods and first aid kit was put into the buses in case of need. Two fully packed buses left the university around 9:15 AM. The student already began to capture pictures and munching snacks on the way while some were jamming on the songs played.

The buses reached the destination at around 10:30 a.m. The students immediately rushed towards the hut. The ground floor was allotted to the male students and faculty while the upper storey was for the ladies. After putting their belongings in the rooms the students rushed towards the water and already began to splash into the water while other began to ride camels, horses and Jet Ski.

Soon the scrumptious aroma of halwa poori with vegetables and chick pea curry filled the air and the students began to get plateful of everything. The breakfast ended by the serving of hot tea. The students resumed their activities and began to release stress in the sea water. Beach volley was played and a lot of swimming was done .the presence of life guard was a relief as students were going pretty deep into the waters.

At 1:00PM the buses left for the mosque for the Jumma prayers and returned after sometime. Around that time the lunch was served that included the starter, the crispy wonton while the main course was delish biryani with salad and raita along with chilled cold-drink. For sweet dish frozen crunch kulfi along with falooda was served to make life even sweeter. Faculty was equally enjoying the moment and were getting soaked in the sea waters. The time flew by without us realizing it and soon it was time to return. With heavy heart and sad faces the students began to pack up their stuff and began to walk towards the buses.

It was an enjoyment like no other as we all forgot our other worries and enjoyed the time there to the fullest and made memories that we all will cherish forever.

OBA BASED ACCREDITATION VISIT FOR B.E BIO-MEDICAL PROGRAM OF ZIAUDDIN UNIVERSITY (ZU) KARACHI BY PEC VISITING TEAM

OBA based accreditation visit for B.E Bio-Medical program was held on Friday-Saturday, October 4Th -5th 2019 at Link road Campus (Education City, Karachi). The visit was conducted under PEC Manual of Accreditation- 2014 (OBA guidelines). PEC composed the following visitation team to conduct the subject engineering program visit of Ziauddin University Karachi;

Team Leader/Convener:

  1. Prof. Dr. M. Kamran (UET-KSK, Lahore)

Program Evaluators (PEVs) for Bio-Medical Engineering:

  1. Dr. Mohsin Tiwana (CE&ME, Rawalpindi)
  2. Dr. Asif Mahmood Mughal (NESCOM, Islamabad)

Representative, PEC:

  1. Mujeeb ur Rehman Khalil (PEC HQ Islamabad)

The visit was chaired by Dr. M. Kamran (UET-KSK, Lahore) in the presence of Engr. Dr. Fahad Azim (Dean of ZUFEST), Dr. Muhammad Asif (Director Post Graduate), Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Munaf (OBE Coordinator), Engg. Capt. (R) Syed Waqar Hussain, Registrar, Controller of Examination and IT Representative. Dean ZUFEST welcome re-accreditation team and introduced Biomedical Engineering department faculty led by Engr. Dr. Saad Jawaid Khan. A presentation on salient features/strengths of HEI was given by Engr. Dr. Saad Jawaid Khan which covered vision, mission, governance, organizational structure, academic infrastructure, institutional financial sustainability, resource generations and their effective utilization for CQI, academic support units and future plans / roadmap. Program Evaluators were then proceeded by coordinators for the tour of program specific lab facilities, computing facilities, workshops, and project labs, etc. Later re-accreditation team met Ziauddin University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim and discuss about the university vision and developmental plans for Link Road campus. Dr. Arshia (Director QEC) informed the team about role of QEC and its bonding with departmental CQI teams. Lately Biomedical Engineering Department Alumni and Industry advisory Board (IAB) members interacted with the team.

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7TH Board of Faculty, BOF, ZUFEST

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7th Board of Faculty, ZUFEST was held on 16th September, 2019 in North Campus. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Fahad Azim (Dean of ZUFEST). With the permission of worthy Dean, Chairpersons from every department presented minutes of their concerned BOS as one of agenda items to the members in BOF. ZUFEST Undergraduate policy was the main matter of discussion in which agenda items of BoS was presented for approval. The agenda items include review of credit hours for all Engineering and Technology program, scheme of studies for 4 years program and approval of initial draft to launch program Bachelors in Architecture (Civil Engineering Department). The items are now forwarded for approval in Academic council.

 

Following members 7th Board of Faculty (BOF)

  1. Fahad Azim (Dean, ZUFEST)
  2. Muhammad Asif (Chairperson, Electrical Engineering)
  3. Sheikh Muhammad Munaf (Chairperson, Software Engineering & Secretary BOF)
  4. Saad Jawaid Khan(Chairperson, Biomedical Engineering)
  5. Syed Faraz Jafri (Associate Chairman, Civil Engineering)
  6. Shahzad Nasim (Chairperson, Management Technology & Information Sciences)
  7. Abdul Aziz Ansari (Professor, Civil Engineering)
  8. Syed Waqad (Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering)
  9. Khawaja Sheeraz (Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering)
  10. Arshia Naqvi (Director/Nominee, QEC, ZU)

19th ITCN ASIA VISIT FOR STUDENTS OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, ZUFEST

In order to discover new and explore competing future in IT solutions, a visit to 19th ITCN ASIA was organized by ZUFEST on 18th September for the students of Software Engineering Department. The event had grown up as the biggest IT & Telecom exhibition of Pakistan. Most powerful brands of the world showcased their state-of-the-art products and services that allow the user community to get exposure to a wide range of technology and solutions under one roof. Over 550 local and 250 international companies from over 23 countries set up their stalls at Expo Center, Karachi.

Dr. Muhammad Munaf Sheikh, Chairperson, formulated this interactive visit along with entire faculty and students while the trip was made successful in terms of learning and observing IT activities.

This visit is an achievement of department that helps students to learn through visual experience and can be an interesting way to explore new things for both the learner and the teacher.

The Inauguration ceremony of ‘Jamia Masjid’

The Inauguration ceremony of ‘Jamia Masjid’ was held at the Ziauddin University, Education City, Super Highway-Link Road on the 7th death Anniversary of the founder of Dr Ziauddin Hospital, Dr Tajammul Hussain.

Dr. Asim Hussain, Chancellor, Ziauddin University, paid tribute to his father and founder Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, Dr Tajammul Hussain on his immense hard work in the creation of Dr. Ziauddin Hospital.

“I am honored to announce that this mosque is the first and only to be built in Karachi Education City with all the modern facilities and great infrastructure. It is a blessing that we got an opportunity to build a mosque not only for students but also all the people living nearby. This mosque was built with intend of my father reaping the rewards and benefits of all the prayers offered here in his afterlife. May his soul rest in peace,” said Dr. Asim Hussain.

All family members, Sardar Yasin Malik, Chairman, Hilton Pharma, Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddique, Vice-Chancellor, Ziauddin University, Prof. Anwar Ahmed Zai, Executive Director, Ziauddin University Education Board, Prof. Abbas Zafar, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof. Anwar Ejaz Baig, Advisor to Chancellor, Engg. Capt. (R) Syed Waqar Hussain, Registrar, Ziauddin University, and a large number of students and faculty members offered prayer, recited fateha and Quran for Dr. Tajammul Hussain.

3rd Board of Studies Meeting for Software Engineering Department

Third Board of Studies (BOS) for Software Engineering Department was held on September, 4th 2019 in ZUFEST Board Room. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Munaf (Convenor BOS/Chairperson of Software Engineering Department).

The meeting was started with recitation of Holy Quran by Engr. Mohsin Khan. After that Engr. Vanesh Kumar (Secretary BOS) presented agendas to the members with the permission of worthy Chairperson.

Experts from academics and industry has discussed and approved the core points of Second BOS meeting with full confidence, also they put some suggestions to improve curriculum, attainment of PEOs and Survey forms. Inline with the latest curriculum by NCEAC, the Chairperson presented the updated Scheme of Studies of BS Software Engineering (Batch-2019 and onwards), which was approved by members of the house.

Following were the members participated in Third BOS meeting:

  1. Shehzad Hasan (Chairperson, Computer Information Systems Engg., NEDUET)
  2. Sheikh Faisal (Account Manager, IBL-Unisys Key)
  3. Zareen Hussain (Deputy Director/Nominee QEC, ZU)
  4. Vanesh Kumar (Lecturer, ZUFEST)
  5. Mohsin Khan (Lecturer, ZUFEST)

Items Approved:

Minutes of 2nd BOS, PEOs attainment criterion for Software Engineering department, Scheme of Studies for BS Software Engineering (Batch-2019 & Onwards)

Meeting of 3rd Board of Studies

Third Board of Studies (BOS) for Electrical Engineering Department was held on September 05, 2019 at 03:00 PM in the Board Room of ZUFEST, North Nazimabad Campus. The meeting was chaired by Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif (Chairperson and Convener BOS, Electrical Engineering Department). Academic and industrial experts has discussed and approved the minutes of second BOS meeting with full confidence. The agenda was approved which includes curriculum and courses related to Engineering and Technology program. Important decisions were made following the industrial demands. Meeting ended with the closing remarks and vote of thanks by the Chairperson of Electrical Engineering Department.

The following members participated in the meeting:

  • Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Munaf Rashid (Associate Professor, ZUFEST)
  • Hassan Farooq Janjua (Deputy General Manager, K-Electric, Karachi)
  • Furqan Ahmed (Senior Manager Electrical, Pakistan Security Printing Corporation)
  • Syed Waqad Ali (Assistant Professor, ZUFEST)
  • Ashfaque Ahmed (Senior Lecturer, ZUFEST)
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