By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
May 22 -28, 2000
Dr.S.A.Hasan by profession is an engineer and educationist with a
career of outstanding achievements and honour. He completed his Graduation in mechanical
engineering from NED University Karachi, M.Sc in Engineering from University of Edinburgh,
also completed his Ph. D from the same University. Dr. Hassan holds diversified
accomplishments in the field of engineering, research and education. He has presented 12
Technical papers at national and international conferences, one of his Technical paper at
annual Convention of The Institute of Engineers Pakistan, was awarded the Best paper.
Besides these he holds number of achievements and awards in his educational as well as in
professional career. Presently, he is acting as the President of Federation of Engineering
Institution of Islamic Countries, honorary secretary of Pakistan Aeronautical Society and
national secretary of I.A.E.S.T.E . He also remained on different responsible positions
with honorary appointments. He has got honors and awards from number of countries like UK,
Canada, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan etc. He is also a visiting Professor at Navy Engineering
PAGE: You are an engineer by profession but you prefer
to be called an educationist. Why?
Dr. Hasan: In the beginning of my career, I started as
a lecturer in Department of engineering at University of Edinburgh and then the major time
of my career has been with research and education, That's why I prefer to be called as an
educationist rather than an engineer. But I also worked as an engineer on different
responsible positions in various local and foreign organizations, as I am also a President
of Federation of Engineering Institution of Islamic Countries.
PAGE: Could you Briefly tell us about Royal
Aeronautical Society UK, Pakistan Division?
Dr.Hasan: We started our operations in Pakistan since
1984, and I proudly say that we are the first Asian country in this regard after South
Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia and Newzealand.
PAGE: What role does it play in Pakistan regarding
Aeronautical sciences and education
Dr. Hasan: We are striving to provide our aeronautical
engineers with the better and sophisticated knowledge and technology. The student here
will be awarded Chartered status which make them valid to work as aeronautical engineers
anywhere in the world. we believe in transfer of knowledge in order to make the young
generation more aware of the technological changes and advancements. Pakistan Aeronautical
society holds conferences, technical lectures and seminars in order to share the
PAGE: What do you think about the aeronautical
industry in Pakistan?
Dr. Hassan: Unfortunately, most of the industries and
activities in this industry are dominated by Government sector despite of having ample
opportunities in private sectors. But Pakistan Engineering Complex is one of the
organization which is playing it's role effectively in this regard. We must have the
established structure for manufacturing which we are striving for.
PAGE:You are also a National Secretary of I.A.E.S.T.E.
please tell us about this?
Dr. Hasan: It is basically an Association for Exchange
of Students For Technical Experience. The organization aims at to provide students at
institutions of high learning with technical experience abroad relative to their studies
in the broadest sense. So far we have sent 100 to 120 students abroad to promote their
International understanding and goodwill amongst students of all nations
PAGE: You are also The President of Federation of
Engineering Institution of Islamic countries. What are the objectives and activities of
Dr. Hasan: The main objective of the Federation is to
get the engineers of Islamic countries together on a single platform to share the
knowledge and to get benefit from the mutual cooperation. So far there are 21 members are
included in the Federation.
PAGE: What are your future plans?
Dr.Hasan: Our main priority is to institutionalize the
whole infrastructure in order to make the Aeronautical sector more effective and
productive. I just want to hand it over to the deserving skilled, qualified and sincere
PAGE: would you like to give any message to the
Dr. Hasan: the peoples should come forward and play
their role in their field of own and all the seniors and authoritative persons should
encourage the young blood in the organizations. Young generation should keep their eyes
open towards the global changes.