Dr Salim stresses market oriented syllabus at varsity level

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When the students go into practical field they find it difficult to adjust due to the gap between what they have been taught at the university level and what the other were applying in the market. This was stated by Dr Salim-ur-Rehman, Vice Chancellor of Sarhad University of Information Technology (SUIT) while talking to The Frontier Post.

“The obsolete and outdated syllabus taught in different universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was creating problems for the students when they get into practical field,” Dr Salim added.

He stressed the need of revisiting the syllabus and making it as per the modern needs by including the practical experience of the professionals working in different fields like medical, engineering and information technology. One of the main reasons, he added, for the rise in unemployment is that the students are not being taught the market oriented syllabus.

Dr Salim-ur-Rehman got gold medal in Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering after he was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 1985. In 1991 he got was sent abroad for further studies through a scholarship of Ministry of Science and Technology. He completed his masters and Ph.D degrees in Industrial Engineering in 1993 and 1995 respectively from University of Georgia Institute of Technology of USA. 

Before taking over as a third VC of SUIT in 2006, Dr Salim had served as an associated professor at National University of Science & Technology (NUST) for over six years before joining Hamdar University’s Faisalabad campus as its Director for a period of two years. He said Sarhad University of Information Technology was inculcating the practical knowledge in our students by sending them to different organizations for internships during their study period.

Dr Salim said that among all the other universities in the private sector SUIT was charging the minimum fee from its students besides giving scholarships to the needy students who could not afford to pay the fee. But, he added, at the same time SUIT was not compromising on the quality of education.

He said that SUIT started with the subject of Mechanical Engineering only but today it was the very first university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was offering degree in Physical Education besides a number of other disciplines. Degrees in Micro-Biology, Media Studies, Physiotherapy and Architecture will soon be started by the SUIT, Dr Salim hopped. 

Responding to a question Dr Salim said co curricular activities were given equal importance in SUIT adding sport festival organized by the varsity included 500 athletes of 38 varsities from all over the country.