National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
|National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - FAST|
|Motto||Who has taught (writing) by the Pen, has taught Man that which He Knew Not.|
|Established||1 July 2000|
|Chancellor||Senator Wasim Sajjad|
|Rector||Dr. Amir Muhammed|
|Location||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Campus||Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Faisalabad|
|Affiliations||Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Engineering Council|
The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES or FAST-NU) with headquarters at Islamabad and campuses at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Faisalabad is one of the leading technical universities in Pakistan. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business Administration, and Mathematics.
Its history dates back to 1985 when the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology set up institutes for computer science in the cities of Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan. Later on campuses were set up in the capital city of Pakistan (Islamabad), Peshawar and Faisalabad also. The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences received its charter in 2000 in the Federal Area (capital). It became the first multi-campus university of Pakistan with campuses in Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore.
- 1 Departments
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Degree programs
- 4 PEC accreditation
- 5 Events & Festivals
- 6 Student organizations
- 7 Notable Alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The university has four departments in each of its campuses. These are:
- Department of Electrical Engineering
- Department of Civil Engineering (Lahore Campus)
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Management Sciences
- Department of Humanities and Sciences
Seated along the Kashmir Highway, the Islamabad Campus holds in view the capital city, with mystic thoughtfulness. A majestic banyan tree strikes the eye of the visitor before the overshadowed Campus’s beauty can capture his attention. The visitor experiences an instantaneous dilemma. He does not know whether to admire the panoramic scenery of the city, which lies before his eyes or marvel the academic décor of the Campus. Spread over a 15-acre land, right in the academic hub of the city, Islamabad Campus is steadily expanding both in terms of its area and study programs. The highly qualified, deeply committed, and professionally inspired faculty gives to the university an academic character. The faculty not only excels in their teaching abilities but also keep themselves abreast of the latest trends and developments in science and technology. They are also accomplished researchers, contributors, and developers in their respective areas of interest. The research projects carried out at the Campus range from:
- Machine Intelligence
- Neural Networks to IT consulting.
- Approach Road to IIU,
- Sector H-11/4
- Tel: (051) 111 128 128 or (051) 831 4100 - 03
- Fax: (051) 410 3846
The Lahore Campus, spread over 12.5 acres, is located in Faisal Town which is the heart of greater Lahore. The campus consists of three blocks, which with their striking exterior brickwork and magnificent marble domes are a valuable addition to the rich architectural heritage of Lahore. The facilities consist of fully air-conditioned purpose built class rooms equipped with teaching aids, and a number of computing and engineering laboratories.
The computing labs consist of database, programming, software engineering, and computer application labs. Latest computers, workstations and services having LINUX and Windows based environments are also readily available for the usage of students. The whole campus is fully equipped with fast Local Area Network and latest wireless hotspots. http://lhr.nu.edu.pk/
There are two campuses in Karachi. One campus is known as city campus in shahrah -e-faisal that offers BBA courses, MBA courses and some Ms courses, while other campus is known as Main Campus which is located on a six acre site in Shah Latif Town on the National Highway, ten kilometers east of Karachi airport. Main campus offers degree like BS in computer science, BS in Electrical Engineering, BS in Telecommunication Engineering, MS in Software Project Management, MS in Computer Networking, MS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, PhD in Mathematics, PhD in Computer Science, PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Peshawar campus was founded in 2001 and today it covers an area of 4 acres. Basic architecture has deep similarities with Islamabad and Lahore campuses. Campus library contains over 6000 books in hard form while soft copies of many books are available on university servers. FAST Peshawar has excelled itself many times in Sports or academic events throughout the country. FAST Peshawar offers Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Moreover Masters degree is offered in the fields of Computer Sciences, Business Administration and Mathematics. The institutes offers quality education with three stories of Lecture rooms, library and different labs such as Software Engineering lab, Database lab, Operating Systems lab, Circuit lab, Digital Logic and Design lab, PC lab & Systems lab.
—Faisalabad Campus was founded in 2012 (First Intake In September 2012). It is located between Faisalabad (Textile Hub Of Pakistan) and Chiniot (near River Chenab) having a majestic building colored with culture and technology. Started with schools of Business Administration and Computer Science (Electrical Engineering expected to be offered very soon). Campus is equipped with Computer Labs, Digital Lab and Circuit Lab.
- Bachelor of Science
- Electrical Engineering with specialization in Telecommunication, Electronics and Computer (new program from 2009)
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Sciences
- BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
- Bachelor of Accounting Finance
- Master of Science
- Computer Science
- Computer Networking (Karachi Campus)
- Electrical Engineering
- Software Project Management
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
The Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and civil engineering programs are not only recognized with HEC but also with PEC. </ref>
Events & Festivals
SOFTEC (SOFTware Exhibition and Competition) is a software competitions in Pakistan. SOFTEC is organized every year at the Lahore campus of NUCES. It comprises a software competition and programming contest with the collaboration of ACMs NUCES Chapter, Engineering Project Competition with the collaboration of NCS (NUCES Circuit Society), Micro Controller Interfacing Competition in collaboration with NUCES Circuit Society, G3n.x gaming competition, Ideas Xtreme (where students from Grade School display their ideas), G3n. X (Generation Xtreme) Gaming Competition and book festival.
The 6th International and 16th National SOFTEC was held on 9–10 April 2011.
ACM ICPC ASIA Lahore Regional
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is the largest computer programming contest in the world. The ACM-ICPC is an activity of the ACM that provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills.
The contest is considered to be the "Olympics Of Computer Programming". The ACM-ICPC Asia Regional Contests invite Asian students to meet, establish friendship and promote fair competition in programming. The magnitude of this mega event can be gauged from the fact that the finest students of the computing disciplines at over 2300 universities located in 90 countries across 6 continents participate in this event. About Lahore Site: It is a two tier contest .The world is divided into six regions and Asia is a region. In Asia there are 17 host sites and the Lahore is one of them. Each site selects one team as winner of the site and will be eligible to participate in the world finals which will be held in June 2015. The winning team of each site is eligible to participate to the world finals. Winning Team may also get travel support from IBM and ASIA Director to participate in the world finals.
This is First time that FAST NU LAHORE will be organizing the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest(Asia Region)in Pakistan on October 2014. Lahore Site Official Facebook Page
NaSCon is a flagship event of FAST-NU’s social calendar. The aim of this event is to serve as a practical platform for developing business and technology solutions and supporting a sustainable society. NaScon’s past editions have seen four to five thousand people, representing over 150 universities and colleges nationwide, compete across an array of events and this year more people are expected to be part of NaScon with whopping 33 events.
NaScon has garnered significant recognition in the past decade and has been exclusively covered and broadcast by some of the leading newspapers, radio stations and TV channels of Pakistan including GEO TV, ARY, ATV, Express News,FM 89, FM91 and FM 101.
The theme of NaScon ’13 revolves around environmental, social and economic sustainability. Almost anything that we do in this modern day & age can have substantial repercussions on the environment and we at NaScon’13 are promoting awareness about the importance of this issue among youth of this country, encouraging minds to devise solutions that not only improve the environment but help preserve our future. Spreading awareness about the soon-to-be-held Elections also forms this year’s event’s primary objectives. It aims to inculcate a feeling of responsibility in the participants as they would form the backbone of our country in the near future. www.nascon.org.pk
PROCOM.net is the biggest international and local Computer Science, Engineering, and Business competition event organized by FAST-NUCES karachi campus. PROCOM.net is a step towards further enforcing the commitment of FAST for the development of Information Technology and Engineering Science related fields in Pakistan.It is an initiative to bring out the capabilities of the students and provide them a platform for competition to nurture their expertise. It is the place where Academia meets Industry and vice versa - the bridge that bridges the gap.Taking the tradition a step ahead right from 1998, when it first saw dawn, now we have 44 competitions lined up with teams coming in from all over Pakistan and from institutions abroad.
University Level Competitions: Computer Science/IT Competitions: Speed Programming Competition,Speed Mobile Application Development, Speed Web Development, Game Application Exhibition& Competition, Mobile Application Exhibition& Competition: Software Exhibition & Competition, Ethical Hacking, AI Gaming Challenge, The Builders.Engineering Competitions: Circuit Designing Competition, Microcontroller Interfacing, Idea To Product (I2P), AutoCAD Design, Hardware Exhibition,Network Designing, Robo Race, Robowars.Business Competitions: Innovative Business Ideas (IBI), Marketing Competition, Ad-Art. School/College Level Competitions: Science Trivia ,Einstein’s Speeding Brains, Euclid’s Mathematical Dilemma, Gauss’s Teacher’s Challenge.General Interest Competitions: Gaming Extreme Competition, I-QuestArtist Park.Digital Art and Communication Design Poster Design, Logo Design, Digital PaintingXpressions ,Fine Art Contest: Painting , Sketching , Calligraphy, Art Fiesta.Writing: Urdu Essay & Creative Writing, English Essay & Creative Writing.Media , Movie making and Photography , Photo Reel (Photo Essay), Ad Making, Short Filming, Speed Filming, Photography Exhibition .Textile, Dress Designing, Freedom to Create, Artisan's Bazaar.
NUTEC, National University Technology Competition, is an annual event at the university in Peshawar. Competitions are held in the event such as Engineering Quiz, Gaming, Programming and exhibitions are also held in engineering and software.
Marketing Mavericks (Islamabad)
This is a marketing event held biannually at the Islamabad campus., "Marketing Mavericks" unites business students, professionals, entrepreneurs, consultants and academicians to debate on marketing issues, trends and opportunities in Pakistan. The winning group of the event is awarded the trophy, "The Jolly Marketer" and the best performer of the event is awarded with "The Green Jacket" and "Marketing Mavericks Medal of Honour". Awards are distributed to organizations in the areas of Service Quality Excellence and Marketing Innovation. The event is sponsored by corporations, local and multinational.
ACM Student Chapter
ACM is the world's largest computing society, promoting Technology, computing & student activities with 750+ Student chapters worldwide . NUCES-ACM Student Chapter is the largest Technical society of FAST which was established on 12 April 2001 by Junaid Haroon Siddiqui and Agha Adeel Saadat. The chapter advances the science of information processing.
NUCES-ACM Student Chapter is renowned for organizing highly skilled international, national and local competitions ranging from Programming competitions, Application Development, Graphic Designing, Video Making, Website Animations to as diverse as PC customization, Speed Typing , Quiz Competitions, gaming competitions, short courses, workshops ,seminars and LAN Parties for the students throughout the year. It has received participants from most countries in the region, and from all major educational institutions in Pakistan. The Chapter is responsible for sponsoring and organizing all student trips to other educational institutions in the country and abroad. There are 350+ registered members of the society.
ACM has organised The Coders Cup, SAARC coding competition, Asia cup , ACM ICPC Pakistan ,PROCOM & Geek Week etc.
FCS (Fast Computing Society) by FAST Islamabad Campus
Fast Computing Society (FCS) started working in November 2011 to help students of computer science polish their skills, show their abilities and to take part in competitions in the university as well as outside the university in the computing field. The initiative was taken by the mentors of FCS, Dr. Uzair Khan and Dr. Waseem Shahzad, in establishing this society and since then FCS has been led by the following students in their final year:
- Jam Jahanzeb Khan - Batch '10
- Hasan Shehryar Jaffri - Batch '10
- Adeel Omer Malik - Batch '11
- Muhammad Hammad - Batch '11
- M Nouman Siddique - Batch '11
- Ehsun Shahid - Batch '11
The society has been officially functional since 16 Jan 2012 and is divided into different clubs and committees, namely:
- Web Development
- Creative Committee
- Event Management Committee
- E- Gaming
- IT Competition Committee
- FAST - BYTES
- Alumni Liaison
All the activities held under the CS Department of FAST - NU Islamabad are conducted under the umbrella of FCS.
BASF (Business Administration Students' Form)
The Business Administration Students' Forum provides improvement of students with their personal and professional development. It focuses on making students stay at university productive and memorable.
FES(Fast Engineering Society)
FAST Engineering Society is based at the Islamabad Campus. The society is helpful to the newcomers and any student who is interested in curricular activities like speed programming, speed wiring etc.
This student body consists of President, M. Moazzam Shahzad Ghumman, Vice President,Syed Rameez Rehman and General Secretary along with nine clubs' (mentioned below) Coordinators and vice coordinators:
- Adventure Club
- Aeromodelling Club
- Robotics Club
- Creative Club
- Event Management
- Engineering Competition Management
- Electronics Club
- IEEE Club
IEEE Student Branch
The IEEE Student Branch is an IEEE student entity, under which the university can organize seminars, conferences, congresses, lectures and invited talks of professionals, academicians and researchers. Three independent IEEE Student Branches exist in its three campuses - Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. IEEE NUCES-Karachi organized IEEE PSC 2007 on 6–7 July 2007, ProCom.Net 2009 on 2 May 2009 and number of seminars and workshops. They also participated in IEEE PSC 2008 on 16–17 August 2008, IEEE KSSC 2008 on 26 December 2008, IEEE PSC 2009 at IEEE SEECS, NUST, Islamabad during 29–31 May 2009 and IEEE PSC 2010 at Usman Institute of Technology, Karachi on 29–31 October 2010.
FASTRising is a group of people (students, faculty members and alumni) from FAST NU, Lahore who believe in the supremacy of law and the rule of meritocracy. They belong to diverse ideological and political backgrounds and have collaborated to form this platform to:
- Strive for the restoration of the constitution as it was in the early hours of 3 Nov 2007
- Raise the level of political awareness of the FAST-NU family members (students, faculty members and alumni)
NFT-NUCES Fun Trekkers (Lahore)
NFT – NUCES Fun Trekkers is the most popular non-technical and the only adventurous society at National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU), Lahore. Since its origination in 1998, it has been arranging different trips and adventurous activities with a mission of indulging students of FAST-NU in different adventurous activities, to help them in exploring colors of Pakistan, to give them an exposure of places which are beyond the borders and to get them to those places where they would hardly go ever in their lives or hardly visited them in past.
Annually, NFT activities range from a 2 week Adventurous Summer trip offering camping, trekking, jeep cruising, bonfires, jaunting and hiking in breathtaking environment of Northern Areas to the 1 week Winter trip including Camping, Rock Climbing, Ice-Skiing, Winter Hill Walking & Ice-Sliding in snow spiced areas of Pakistan. One-Day Trips to Archeological & Historical places, Hill Stations, Wildlife & National Parks, Forts, Lakes, Dams, and Caves of Pakistan in every semester are also a part of NFT’s jaunt set while luxurious 4 Day International trip to any of the developed country and 3 Day Girls Summer Trip recently became a part of this set.
- Atif M. Memon Associate Professor at University of Maryland . He has been among top 50 software engineers
- Mir Zafar Ali - first Pakistani to win Oscar Award
- Fawad Afzal Khan - Pakistani singer and Actor
- Farhan Saeed - Pakistani singer and owner of Cafe Rock
- Ahmed Ali Butt - Pakistani singer and Actor
- Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST)
- FAST Institute of Computer Science
- Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing
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- Association of Computing Machinery
- "Awards and Accomplishments".