Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) University VC calls for bridging industry-academia gap
Rawalpindi: Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) University Vice Chancellor Brigadier (r) Qamar Zaman has said that the university would soon be ranked among top universities of Pakistan.
In an exclusive interview on Thursday, he said that they were focusing on three things. “First of all comes the faculty. We have the best faculty in our university as currently we have 19 PhDs. Our second focus is to find out quality students and third one is quality infrastructure, which is very important to give a healthy environment to students,” he said. He added that in a very short span of time, the HITEC University has emerged as a modern, well-equipped and vibrant place of learning and a citadel of knowledge.
He said around Rs120 million have been spent on laboratories and now the HITEC University could claim that it has best equipped laboratories in the country.
Talking about courses, the VC said that the HITEC University is offering bachelors, masters and doctoral level programmes in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. “It also offers Bachelors in Business Administration and Islamic Studies, and Masters in Business Administration and Mathematics,” he added.
Talking about the Education Expo, Brigadier (r) Qamar Zaman said that it is really a very good effort by the Jang Group, as students will get maximum information about different universities under one roof. “On the other hand, university officials will get a chance to meet a large number of students at one place. At the moment, there is a dire need to link industry and academia but unfortunately in our country there is a wide gap between both sectors,” he added. He said that the HITEC University has signed MOUs with industries.
Shedding light on the achievements of the university students, Brigadier (r) Qamar Zaman said that the HITEC University students have won many competitions, which were held among top universities. He said: “Our students won first position in ‘Human Powered Vehicle’ competition held at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, which was contested by students from all over Pakistan and also from Turkey, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Our students got second position in ‘Design, Build and Fly’ competition, got first position in ‘Truss Bridge for Rolling Load’ competition at the NUST, secured first position in ‘Project, Idea and Implementation’ competition at the Rachna Engineering College. The students of final semester have designed ‘Fuel Efficient Car’ which has been approved by the Shell Pakistan and would be taking part in an international competition in Singapore.”
Talking about the role of HEC in promoting higher education, the VC said that Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman brought revolution and gave new vision in higher education. He has played very important role, which couldn’t be forgotten. “Now the HEC is planning to support private universities as well which will be very helpful for many private universities,” he added.
He said: “There is a need to concentrate on primary and secondary education, as we have to make our basics strong. There is a need to provide all facilities and hire best facilities in government schools so that best students should come forward.
Brigadier (r) Qamar Zaman got his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1974 and joined the Pakistan Army. After his retirement from the army, he served as commandant at the EME College for 4 years and also worked as director examination and academics at the NUST. He joined the HITEC University in 2008 as its vice-chancellor.
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