Following has been compiled through the interview taken from Mr. Murtaza Askari who is an old graduate of EME (NUST). He belonged to De 19 course which is equivalent to say that he graduated in 2001!
Mr. Murtaza is pursuing PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology. About his work atmosphere he remarks
Since this is a research/academic environment you are constantly learn new thing every day!
Mr. Murtaza had impressive achievements to his credit since he graduated from NUST. He received a Research Excellence Award in Jan 2007 for paper presented in Photonics West Conference, San Jose, CA 2007. Whoa! This must entail he is a true theeta!
A proof of his all rounded personality is his picture above. He served as the President Pakistan Student Association (PSA) in year 2008 at Georgia Tech. Yeah still don’t believe his all-roundedness? Well he represented Georgia Tech Cricket Club in Atlanta League Hard Ball Cricket Tournament for 2004 and 2005. Now that’s something! Our fella is a sportsman. Still more… he secured 2nd position in Georgia Tech Squash Tournament 2006. I guess that will be enough!
Now as every student will say, his stay at his university is no fun! Ok ok if not all then there will always be a big lot of whining cry-babies who will always complain about the system, the grades, teachers, job placement…. well u name it… If u trust me, it will change as years progress and u progress in your career. Commenting on his student life at NUST he relates that, his experience was:
Very pleasant, I am very happy to have attended EME for my undergraduate studies. It prepared us very well for graduate studies in top American schools. Comparing the quality of students at EME College to students here I can confidently say our students are better than students here and the curriculum is also very similar, the only areas we might lack are labs. Through our students here, NUST has developed a very good reputation amongst the faculty members and they rate NUST students very highly
Read it again folks! For many of you would like to rub their eyes or scroll up to read again! Yeah its true that NUST has a pretty good reputation at the good universities around the world. Now i need not remind you folks of the ranking of Georgia Tech, do i? (those who don’t may look here in rankings section, don’t be dumb look for technology rankings!). Anyway to cut it short NUST does prepare you well for future studies abroad and to compete with everyone around the globe (though not in a superb way but yeah better than rest!)
Don’t believe all the crap above? Well lets hear him again giving suggestions to the students of EME (NUST).
Have faith in the quality of education you are getting at EME. Those who would like to pursue further studies, I would recommend that they concentrate on their studies and try to get good GPA. If you have a GPA > 3.5 you can get into Gatech easily, the only question remains is securing funds. For that I would recommend they keep their options open and move away from the conventional areas of Communications and Signal Processing. Areas such as Semiconductors, Optics and Photonics, Bioengineering and MEMS (Micro electro mechanical systems) are the hot areas with lots of funding. If you are willing to come to these areas you should be able to find funding as well.
Now our celebrity has something to say to the administration of NUST as well, let’s hear it out
To sustain high quality research requires a lot of funding, for which government, industry and defense organizations should look towards the universities. That is the part the other players need to play for uplifting higher education and research in Pakistan. What EME and other schools need to do is constantly updating their curriculum by adding new courses, updating the contents of the courses and adding new lab facilities to keep the students up to date with the current level of engineering education.
In particular EME should look into starting graduate studies in the areas of Semiconductors, Optics and Photonics, Bioengineering and MEMS. Try to establish labs in these areas. Try to establish contacts with good science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics) schools establish cross listed courses and joint research to prepare our students and graduates for better and out of the box engineering solutions tailored to our needs.
Very well, so time to part. Mr. Murtaza believes that we all can help bring a change in Pakistan:
I think what we lack in Pakistan is taking our engineering education and getting products out of it. Those in industry should convince their bosses to invest in engineering education in Pakistan by looking for local solutions from our institutions. Creating companies to translate research and term projects into products and help reduce our reliance on foreign products.
On the other had faculty members with the help of students can create student organizations that help local, especially government schools in educating them about science and instilling in them a passion for science and engineering education. In the current global scenario no country can achieve excellence and domination without strong engineering scientific foundation.
PS: The write will like to draw the attention of the juvenile audience towards the history of “Centre of advanced studies in engineering” which is has proved its mettle for the post-graduate studies in engineering and now also imparting undergraduate engineering degree. Most of the founders of “Centre for advanced research in engineering” institute are themselves graduates of Georiga Tech and several of them an alumni of EME (NUST). U guys must have marveled at the Indian graduates opening up technology hubs in their country, well, here goes a Pakistani example for you!. The pioneer of CASE Dr. Shoab is at the joint faculty of Computer and Electrical Engineering departments at EME, NUST.