MUETTHE DEPARTMENT of Telecommunication Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Pakistan, in collaboration with the IEEE Communications Society – Karachi chapter (ComSoc-Khi), has recently celebrated the World Telecom and Information Society Day 2013 (WTISD13) at its campus in Jamshoro. This event was also supported by ComSoc-MUET students branch, which provided student volunteers to assist members of the organising committee.
The event started with a welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Aftab A. Memon, the Chairman of the Department of Telecommunication Engineering, who also talked about the role played by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), since its establishment on 17th May 1865, in the social development of human kind. He said that the MUET has been producing quality graduates in the discipline of telecommunication engineering for over a decade now and was, in fact, the first to introduce a specialised course in telecommunications in Pakistan.
Next, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, the Dean Faculty of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering who is also the Chairman of ComSoc-Khi, said that MUET had celebrated WTISD12 last year when the theme was “Women and Girls in ICT” and this year too, with the theme “ICTs and improving road safety”. He said that considering this years theme, MUET had invited officers from telecom industry and National Highways and Motorway Police (NH and MP) so that a constructive discussion can take place between the academia from MUET, telecom industry personnel and officers from NHandMP in order to make the highways of Pakistan safer for commuters. On behalf of the executive committee of ComSoc-Khi, he said that ComSoc-Khi has always been supportive of such events and will continue to do so in future. Prof. Chowdhry then introduced Engr. Rizwan Ali Shah, an alumni of MUET, who is working as the Senior Core Network Engineering for Mobilink as the keynote speaker.
Shah highlighted the efforts undertaken by Mobilink, one of the largest mobile service providers in Pakistan, in improving road safety and what more can be done.
The chief guest, Dr. Wali-Ullah Dal, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) NH and MP (South) said that his department has been working hard on enhancing the safety of commuters on all highways and motorways of the south region, especially by coordinating with telecom service providers in providing quick service in case of emergencies. He was then presented by Prof. Memon with an undergraduate dissertation on a feasibility report for a telecommunication network which can be used in case of emergencies on Hyderabad-Karachi superhighway.
The Vice-Chancellor of MUET, Prof. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput in his concluding remarks said that MUET has a long history of leading from the front when it comes to quality education. He praised the organisers of the event and said that events such as WTISD13 provide an excellent platform for informal discussions between members of academia and industry on developing home grown solutions for national issues.

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