KARACHI: A representative of the Microsoft for Sindh and Balochistan Usama Mustafa while giving presentation on the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft Partnership to the deans, chairpersons, senior management and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Thursday, said that there is a big gap between academia and industry, which is being filled by the joint adventure of HEC and Microsoft through supporting local IT to benefit the country.
He said that it is a biggest partnership of Microsoft with the HEC to provide latest IT information, technical facilities and training to the faculty and students of 156 universities of Pakistan. Usama Mustafa further said that now the HEC is also considering the level of IT usage in the universities for their ranking.
He said, earlier merely 30 to 40 public sector universities, mostly engineering universities, were being provided technical services and training, but now this cooperation has been extended to 156 universities, and Sindh Madressatul Islam university is one of them.
“Microsoft also provided operating system with license to 0.2 million laptops given to the students under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme,” Usama informed and maintained that the students, especially of IT and BBA and MBA of public sector universities are being trained from their sixth semester to avail job opportunities in the industries.
Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean IT Department of Sindh Madressatul Islam University appreciated the efforts of HEC and Microsoft for extending technical expertise to the faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University that will ultimately benefit the country in its progress and development in every field of life.
On the same day the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized an awareness session on “How to write Self Assessment Report (SAR)”. Arslan Wasti gave the presentation on the subject and said that the objective of self assessment is to maintain and continuously enhance academic standards and students’ learning. Dr. Tasneem Ahmad, Director QEC also shared his views on the topic.
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