Dadabhoy University is
extending all efforts in defining the New Pakistan
By Zainab Vaqar
April 22 - 28, 2002
If Pakistan is to take its proper place among the
progressive nations of the world, it will have to take up a good deal
of leeway in the realm of scientific and technical education which is
necessary for the proper development of the country and the
utilization of its resources. (Quaid-e-Azam)
As the century was taking a shift, the early days
of January 2001 saw the establishment of an educational project by the
name of Dadabhoy University. Born under the auspices of Dadabhoy
Foundation, an organization with a mission to serve the nation by
providing quality education at an affordable price. Dadabhoy
University is a non-profit organization, which started its operation
from a centrally located, fully equipped, four-storied building in
Defence Housing Society. Under the dynamic leadership of renowned
academicians and eminent personalities, Mr. Abdullah Dadabhoy, Prof.
Hasnain Kazmi, Mr. Qutbuddin Aziz and Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan and others,
the university has been launched on the road to success. The
University Grants Commission has already recommended Dadabhoy
University for the grant of charter.
Dadabhoy University is extending all efforts in
defining the New Pakistan. It has treaded in the field of education
with lofty goals and mission for future development of the nation. The
mission is to furnish quality education at an affordable cost and
making it extensive and widespread to all Pakistanis. The focus is on
equipping the students with the knowledge, intellect and essential
skills to succeed in future academic and professional endeavours. The
need of the hour is the meaningful development of the country's human
resource. Hence the aim is to shift the present young generation's
paradigm towards the Quaid-e-Azam's "work, work and work"
policy and thereby replenishing them new with the concept of Iqbal's
The Chancellor of the university Mr. Abdullah
Dadabhoy, has envisioned unprecedented future goals for this
educational project. The first goal is the establishment of the main
campus spread over an area of 150 acres at Hawks bay. The second goal
is the establishment of Dadabhoy Internet City spread over an area of
100 acres adjacent to the proposed main campus. Both the projects are
at an advanced stage of planning. The object of the construction of
the vast campus is to offer international standards of education and
facilities at an affordable price in Pakistan.
The faculties of Computer Science, Business
Administration, Law and Economics were initially launched. Other
disciplines such as Commerce, Islamic Learning and Arts are in the
pipeline. Perceiving the endowment of Information Technology in all
walks of life and its ever-increasing role in business, industry and
commerce, special programs have been formulated. At the bachelors'
level, four degree programs are being offered with emphasis on
Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Administration and
Economics. These programs are BS, BCS, BBIT (Hons), and BBA (Hons). At
the postgraduate level, programs such as MCS, MBIT and MBA are being
offered. Various weekend programs have also been formulated for
working professionals interested in building upon their degrees while
pursuing their careers.
The concept of double degree program, LLB & MBA
and LLB & M.Sc.(Economics) have been introduced by the university
for the first time in Pakistan. LLB evening program, subsidized by the
Dadabhoy Foundation is also being offered.
The main campus, where the university is currently
located, comprises of capacious and well- furnished classrooms
equipped with overhead projectors to facilitate effective delivery of
lectures and presentations. For the personal growth and skill
development of the students, in-house seminars, discussions and other
extra curricular activities are encouraged. For this purpose, a modern
auditorium has been built which has a seating capacity of over 120. It
is fully furnished with multimedia and Internet projection facilities
and other audio-visual equipment. Major academic and extra curricular
activities are held at the auditorium.
An innovative step is the provision of a video
library. Students have the facility of accessing recorded lectures of
renowned professors from all over the world. A large, well-stocked
library comprising of over 3000 books has also been set up, which
remains open throughout the week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Latest
textbooks, reference books and professional journals are provided and
new ones are being added. The students can thus enhance their
knowledge not only through the medium of text but also audio and
Two hi-tech and modern, Pentium 111 computer labs
have been set up. Each lab has fifty workstations with IBM server and
is supported by local area networking system. The computer labs also
include hardware and peripherals backed by a number of application
software. Well-trained IT professionals are present for the guidance
and assistance of the students. Free Internet access is provided to
the faculty and the students, enabling them to conduct research and
download latest information for their projects.
Indoor sports area and a cafe have also been
provided for the students' recreation.
From the time of the enrolment to graduation,
effective career counseling is provided to the students so that they
are able to select the most suitable fields of study for themselves.
Personal and academic counseling is provided throughout the academic
years so that a student is able to develop himself into a confident
and technically sound professional. A lot of emphasis is being laid on
the placement of graduates of Dadabhoy University. The placement cell
is in liaison with various multinationals to provide internships and
jobs for the students.
The faculty, which has been recruited to shoulder
the teaching and research responsibilities, is just the right mix of
highly qualified, professionally sound, experienced personnel and
young thriving individuals. Currently six faculty members are the
holders of Ph.D. degree. All the faculty members are required to play
active roles in shaping the lives of the students and give them proper
guidance and support.
Astronomical work is being undertaken at Dadabhoy
University to help to bring Pakistan onto the digital map of the
world. Information and communication technology is transforming our
lives in multitude ways. Swift innovation is taking place in
computing, telecommunication, micro-electronics and opto- electronics.
The information and communication technology business is predicted to
grow from U.S $ 2.2 trillion in 1999 to over U.S $ 3 trillion globally
by 2003. Job opportunities are expected to rise tremendously for
service providers in developing countries. Distances have lost their
significance and the large number of companies located in USA and
Europe are finding it lucrative to establish off shore IT operations
in developing countries such as Pakistan. Keeping this opportunity in
mind, Dadabhoy University has envisioned the project of Dadabhoy
The concept of Internet City is one of its own
kinds in Pakistan. Therefore it is no doubt a matter of great pride
for Dadabhoy University to have conceived this project, which is a
bold step towards strengthening our national foundation. The mission
of this project is to provide all the Information Technology
facilities of international standards under one roof. The Internet
City plan will provide infrastructure and appropriate environment to
the local and foreign IT companies enabling them to fully exploit the
potential of being adjacent to world's major markets stretching from
Central Asia to South Asia, China and Pacific Region. The objective is
to provide a peaceful place for technology development backed by
world-class infrastructure in a friendly and peaceful environment.
Offices and Development Centers of various international IT Giants
will be set up there. IT and Telecom Division, Government of Pakistan
and Sindh IT Board support this project.
This project will provide a number of facilities
to IT companies such as:
High-speed data communication links, satellite
earth station, video teleconferencing facility for visual connection
with worldwide customers, multi flashing system for voice, data and
video robust and scaleable connectivity, local and international
software development houses, hardware and communication service
providers, e-business and e-infrastructure providers.
The project is expected to bring a revolution in
the field of technology in Pakistan. The long-term key benefits for
the economy will be the creation of 43,000-employment opportunities
nationally. The expected yearly foreign exchange earnings will be US $
770 million. Dadabhoy University is fully committed to prepare high
quality professionals who will be provided with opportunities at
Dadabhoy Internet City for their successful career development.
Today as a nation we stand as a daunting 140
million population with a meager literacy rate of 32%. Dadabhoy
University wholeheartedly forwards all its support to serve Pakistan
by constructing a bridge in the form of education and internet city to
overcome the digital divide, so that the name of our country can be
included in the list of the most outstanding nations of the world in
the days to come, InshaAllah.
Zainab Vaqar an M.B.A., has previously worked for
Trust Investment Bank, currently working under the capacity of a
lecturer and student counselor. She teaches Business Report Writing
and Management. She is also contributing to marketing and advertising
of Dadabhoy University.