National rankings, environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art facilities, growing reputation for excellence in teaching and affordable cost of engineering education are some of the main attractions of SSUET.
Its hallmark includes the curricula emphasizing on research, the air conditioned class rooms and labs meeting international standards, sports facilities, symposia and seminars, Continuing Education Programs, strict adherence to Teaching Schedules, sound interaction between Industry and Academia, ongoing research projects and above all the Career Planning & Placement Bureau, which helps find jobs for the alumni.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology is spiritually associated to Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. The role of Aligarh Muslim University, in the process of uplift and wellbeing of the Muslims of the subcontinent, stands in bold relief in the annals of history. The domain of working of this university was not confined to teaching of some subjects or dissemination of knowledge; it rather transcended these spheres and encompassed the building of character and development of personality of the students along with academics.
This university works in accordance with a philosophy that was the driving force for Aligarh Movement. This philosophy was initiated by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and developed by relentless work by his associates and followers. The Movement was remarkably universal and abiding in its appeal and applicability.
Its essence was education as the prime mover of modernization, progress and development. It put great emphasis on keeping intact the community's own distinctive cultural identity and base. The Movement gave equal importance to character building along with scholastic instruction.
The real outcome of Aligarh movement was the Aligarh Spirit, which was being inculcated in every student, through the special pedagogy and instructional methods, during studies at the Muslim University and this spirit distinguished its students. The alumni of the Muslim University, with Aligarh spirit as their characteristic, played distinctive role in whatever position they happened to have in the practical life, after education. Every student even after education at Aligarh derived, from the Aligarh Spirit, the zeal and enthusiasm for doing formidable tasks and materializing great ideas.
Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys' Association of Pakistan (AMUOBA)
A group of the old boys of the Aligarh Muslim University, blessed with the Aligarh Sprit, was eager to play vital role for the uplift of Pakistan, as the students of Aligarh Muslim University had been the pioneer in Pakistan Movement. The group was religiously serious to strive to make the newborn country strong and viable.
They organized themselves under the banner of an association known as “Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys' Association of Pakistan (AMUOBA)”. True to the essence of the Aligarh Sprit, the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys' Association of Pakistan made distinctive efforts in the field of education in the country. A notable fruition of these efforts is the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, which does not merely carry Sir Syed's name but also, endeavors to serve the cause of education and character building in the true Aligarh spirit.
A lot of homework was done before launching the plan for establishing SSUET. AMUOBA had engineers, technocrats, professors, doctors and bankers as its members. Using their best abilities, they developed a plan for establishing a university, which could produce engineers, technocrats, men of letter and experts capable to address problems of the country through technology and advanced knowledge of other fields.
The building for the proposed university had already been constructed. It initially had two blocks, this number now has become eight and further construction is in progress.
Before the selection of subjects and curricula for SSUET, studies were made to identify the fields that would uplift the economy of the country, if qualified engineers and technicians were provided to those fields. It was decided in the light of the studies that most appropriate subjects were Computer Engineering and Electronic Engineering, which were introduced in the beginning. Later on Biomedical, Civil and Telecommunication engineering disciplines were added. The disciplines of Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Electrical, Architecture & Software Engineering are recent additions.
The vision and mission of the University were set as under:
SSUET vision is to meet the demands of challenging times as envisioned by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by transforming Pakistan into a Knowledge based society through social impact projects and innovation in education, research and creativity, endeavoring to create an entrepreneurial mindset.
MissionTo play a leading role as a University of Engineering and Technology in national socio-economic development meeting the challenges of modern time by creating alliances and partnerships between academia and industry. To focus on innovation, research and commercialization, a sense of social and moral responsibility and imbued with the Aligarh spirit.
The Governor of Sindh issued an ordinance for the establishment of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology and the University started in the year 1994. Later the Provincial Assembly of Sindh on 17th September, 1995 passed the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology Karachi Act —1995, this was assented by the Governor of Sindh on 16th October, 1995 and published as an Act of Legislature of Sindh in the Gazette of Sindh (Extraordinary) on 25th October, 1995. This Act governs the working of the University. The legal frame work, provided in the Act serves as the backbone of the University. The statutory bodies identified in the act, meet regularly and steer the University strictly within the ambit of the provisions of the act.
SSUET has given special consideration to its labs, because its main objective is to produce engineers and technicians, who can be useful for industry and play a significant role in economic growth. The labs have been furnished with most modern equipment to make them compatible with international standards. The labs are kept opened from 8 am to 9 pm. The students have access to the labs within these hours’ even if they do not have their scheduled lab work. In computer labs it has been ensured that each student in the labs has a separate computer to work on. In other labs arrangements have been made to provide facilities that give ample chances of hands on training to every individual student.
The University has always laid emphasis on research. To give impetus to research activities all endeavors that help promote new breakthroughs are made in the University. These include provision of superb equipment, availability of research journals, arranging of seminars, talks by eminent scientists and researchers and support to young researchers.
Global Conference on Wireless and Optical Communications (GCWOC’16) is the first ever conference of Engineering organized by Sir Syed University in SPAIN in collaboration with University of Malaga.
Research Funding Awarded for International Credit Mobility. Funding of 129,000 Euros approved in partnership with UMA and MUET.
Funding of 53,000 Euros available in Erasmus Plus Credit Mobility. This was a great activity that provided incentive to the young scientists. The researchers and scientists from different parts of the world read papers on the most modern research findings and breakthroughs in this momentous Scholastic Activity. The researchers from SSUET regularly participate in the national and international conferences and read papers, which receive appreciation. The students from SSUET participate regularly in the national and international competitions related to software, hardware and other scientific/engineering subjects. The SSUET students have produced remarkable results in these competitions.
Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC)
The University has a highly active Quality Enhancement Cell, working in accordance with the guidelines provided by the HEC. The QEC arranges seminars and workshops to enhance the quality in different sectors of working of the University.
Faculty and Functionaries
The best available teachers from within the country as well as from abroad have been recruited to impart education in SSUET. Administrators from education and other departments of good reputation have been employed to run the administrative sector of the University.
Contribution of the University for Development of Engineering
It is a well known fact that before creation of SSUET, there were limited opportunities for studying engineering, as the number of engineering teaching institutions was very small in the country. Even good students could not seek admission on account of fixed quota of seats. The emergence of SSUET has created opportunities for every student, who meets admission criteria, which is based on merit and is free from reservations and quotas based on regions or on any other considerations. The open and transparent admission procedures have carried the benefits of the university from mountains in north-west to the shores of sea in Sindh and Baluchistan. The University has produced Engineering graduates and master degree holders with following details.
Admissions = 26,190
Graduated = 16,460
Employed = 12368
Higher Studies = 1599
Self Employed = 1750
Post Graduate Programme
Admissions = 935
Passed = 392
Passed = 2
Three PhD students are about to complete their PhD. The above figures show what services SSUET has rendered in promotion of technical capacity of the country.
Benefit to Economic Sector
A university cannot take up directly an endeavor that aims at boosting the economy of the country; however, it can create skilled man power that can undertake the pursuits that bring remarkable growth in economy. Sir Syed University has been performing this sacred duty since its inception. The University has been producing computer and electronic engineers since 1998. During the last decade the mobile phones and e-Banking have been key factors for economic growth of the country. SSUET graduates were available in sizeable numbers when mobile phone companies started in Pakistan. The University graduates were a boon for them as they immediately shouldered responsibilities in these companies. Similarly, the graduates took assignments in the banks. Apart from this the graduates have also played role in other sectors, where computer and new devices were being introduced to enhance efficiency and production. The skilled persons needed in those sectors were provided by SSUET.
Sir Syed University took a highly unique step by introducing Biomedical Engineering. The University was the first in Pakistan to start this subject. It was really a revolutionary step as it supported the industry, which was producing biomedical products. The Biomedical Engineers are also playing very important role in maintenance of equipment in hospitals. This maintenance too has economic aspect. As in the absence of the qualified engineers, the medical equipment in hospital used to be replaced even when it developed a minor defect. The biomedical engineers now maintain the equipment and keep it viable for the life time specified by the manufacturers.
The University graduates earned good name in other sectors such as Pakistan Army and Air Force. They are occupying prestigious positions abroad and making valuable contribution in research.
Thus the role in economic growth of SSUET has been very significant, because it has met the needs of the most prominent revenue generating enterprises in befitting manner.