PAF-KIET- an epitome for IT education

KHALIL AHMED, Senior Correspondent
Dec 18 - 24, 2006

Air Cdre. (retd) M. Khalid Husain, President PAF-KIET, speaks about IT education at Pakistan Air Force - Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology. While talking to PAGE about IT education at PAF-KIET, Air Cdre. (retd) M. Khalid Husain gave the following information about his institute.

Computer and Information Technology have revolutionized the way organizations conduct their business and have created a huge demand for multidisciplinary computer experts. PAF-KIET in the domain of Computing and Information Sciences offers a range of programs designed to meet industry requirements for such experts. Bachelor and Master programs in Computer Science offer specialization in Software Engineering, Multimedia, Networking and ERP. These specializations enable the graduates to fulfill job market requirements in the software industry, networking and telecommunication industry, media, publishing, and communication industry and ERP requirements of the local industry. MBA program with specialization in MIS prepares graduates for managerial positions in IT and Telecom industry and in the IT departments of business organizations.

The institute has nine state-of-the-art computer laboratories. Highly qualified faculty with industry experience provides intensive multi-disciplinary perspective required by the job market. The degree programs build core skills around the technological knowledge that are necessary for succeeding in the professional careers. Computer Science curriculum advisory board, consisting of prominent industry leaders and distinguished academics, provide the necessary guidance in the direction and the design of the prescribed curriculum. The institute fosters strong collaborative interactions and long-term ties with the industry and other partners on campus and beyond. This includes guest speaker sessions, seminars, workshops, projects, faculty hiring and internships. The faculty and students benefit immensely from this interaction of academia and the industry. In 2002-03, there were 62 industry projects done for 52 organizations. In 2003-04, the number of industry projects more than doubled to 127 for over 103 organizations. In 2004-05, there were 124 industry projects done for 110 organizations. In 2005-06 there were 160 industry projects for over 125 companies.

College of Computing & Information Sciences has established a strong research foundation with an intensive MS/MPhil program. Currently there is a thriving community of CS students working on their research in the area of Software Engineering, Networking and Digital Communications. A dedicated team of qualified researchers is supervising research in diverse areas such as wireless LAN security, E-Learning, requirements engineering, data warehouses and data mining, software inspection, security in mobile ad hoc networks, cluster architecture, QoS in VoIP, routing protocols, agents technology, network management, and image recognition. The objective of research is to enable the students and faculty to join the international community of researchers working in their selected areas of research. A specially designed process enables faculty and research students to publish their work. Research work in 2006 is expected to generate at least 10 more international publications. Some of the recent research publications of the faculty and students of the college are given below:

1) Amina Khalfe and Irfan Hyder: "Derivation of Initial Data Warehouse Structure by Mapping Operational Database on Transaction Patterns", Internet and Society 2006, Second International Conference on Advances in Education, Commerce & Governance, The New Forest, UK (Jun-06).

2) Saeed Hisbani: "A Data Mediator for Storing and Querying XML Data in RDBMS using State-of-the- Art Research and Freely Available Technologies", Sixth International Conference on ITS Telecommunications (ITST2006) Chengdu, China (Jun-06).

3) Shazia Batool and Irfan Hyder: "RT-Gaia: Extending Gaia Methodology to Employ Requirement Traceability," Third CIIT Workshop on Research in Computing, Wah Cantt (Apr-06).

4) Nasir Hussain and Khalid Khan: "Enhancing E-Learning through Web Service and Intelligent Agents", Market Forces: Journal of Management, Information and Technology, Vol. 2, No. 1, (April-06).

5) Saeed Hisbani: "A Proposed Architecture for Construction of an Efficient Data Mediator for Storing and Querying XML Data in RDBMS using state-of-the-art Research and Freely Available Technologies" Third International Conference on E-Governance (ICEG 2005), Dec-05, LUMS

6) Khalid Khan: "Service-Oriented E-Learning Architecture using Web Service based Intelligent Agents", IADIS International Conference, Portugal (Oct-05).

7) Abdul Samiah, Arshad Aziz: "A Secure Framework for Robust Secure Wireless Network (RSN) Using AES-CCMP," 4th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences & Technology, Pakistan (Jun-05).

8) Irfan Hyder: "Ten Major Misconceptions of IT Implementation," Market Forces: Journal of Management, Information and Technology, Vol. 1, No. 3, (Oct-05).

9) Imran S. Bajwa and Irfan Hyder: "PCA-based Image Classification of Single Layered Cloud Types, "IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies ICET 2005, Islamabad (Sep-05).

Over 90% of our Computer Science students start working in the industry even before getting the degrees. They do not have to search for jobs as our strong internship program and industry focused final projects enable them to impress the prospective employers even long before their graduation. Graduates of Computer Science take up challenging careers in software houses, networking solution providers, telecom companies, Internet service providers, and I.T. departments of public and private sector companies including multinationals and banks. With the resurrection of IT industry globally and the popularity of business process outsourcing, investments in this sector are on the rise. In addition to foreign investments and contracts, local industry is adopting CRM solutions and Call Centers aggressively. Government is providing huge incentives to attract local as well as foreign investors to set up call centers and software houses.

Graduates with majors in Software Engineering are equipped with skills and expertise of tools, technologies, and methodologies that prepare them for I.T. industry. Graduates with majors in Networking are in demand by I.T. departments of various public and private sector companies. There has been an exponential growth in the media and information sector. Private radio and television channels are being set up in significant numbers. Graduates with major in Multimedia are able to meet the demand of human resource in this sector. Most of the companies in the corporate sector as well as SME are now going for single source option for implementation of information systems at the enterprise wide level. This has resulted in a surge in demand for ERP consultants in the global as well as local market. The prime objective of offering BS with specialization in ERP is to muster a workforce of ERP specialists at the entry level. With due course in time these specialists will transform into experienced ERP consultants.