National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

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National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
FAST–NU
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences logo.png
Motto Who has taught (writing) by the Pen, has taught Man that which he Knew Not.
Type Private
Established 2000 (2000)
Chairman Muhammad Bilal
Chancellor Senator Wasim Sajjad[1]
President Mamnoon Hussain
Rector Dr.Muhammed Ghulam Haider
Dean Dr.Muhammad Ayub Alvi
Registrar Dr. M. Latif Virk
Students ~9,000[2]
Location Islamabad, ICT, PakistanPakistan
Colours Blue, white, green, amber                
Nickname FAST–NU
NUCES
Affiliations HEC, PEC
Website www.nu.edu.pk

The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (Initials: NUCES and FAST-NU) is a private research university in Pakistan.[3][4] It has multiple campuses based in cosmopolitan cities of Pakistan and has distinction of being the first multi-campus university in Pakistan.[5]

It is consistently ranked among one of the leading and top institutions of higher learning in the country, securing its top rank in the computer sciences/IT category by the HEC in 2010.[6] its Engineering programs have been accredited with Pakistan Engineering Council.[7]

History[edit]

The Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) was founded and established by BCCI financier Hasan Abidi that provided a large financial capital for university's purpose to promote research in computer sciences and emerging technologies in 1980. FAST later established National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in 2000.

Campuses[edit]

Karachi Campus[edit]

In 1984, FAST Karachi was founded with the efforts of many people but the name of Agha Hasan Abedi remains on top who did everything possible to make this dream a reality. FAST selected higher education as a vehicle to pursue its objective of producing scientists and technologists of the highest caliber. FAST pioneered the development of IT industry in Pakistan by offering the country’s first undergraduate program in Computer Science. Today, this University, sponsored by FAST, stands recognized as the leader and trend-setter in this field in Pakistan and abroad. Apart from the first FAST-NUCES campus at Shahrah e Faisal (for graduate studies), the flagship campus is located on a 6-acre site in Shah Latif Town on the National Highway, thirty kilometers east of Karachi airport. The campus has classrooms, laboratories, auditorium, seminar rooms, and a library.[8]

Labs:[8]

  • Electronics
  • Electrical
  • Control Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Telecommunications
  • Networking
  • Multimedia and
  • Computer Labs

Lahore Campus[edit]

FAST Lahore, Student Block

The Lahore campus, on 12.5 acres, is located in Faisal Town in greater Lahore. The campus consists of three blocks, built from brickwork and marble domes. It has open courts and grounds for outdoor games and recreational purposes.[9]

Research Labs:[10]

  • Centre for Information Visualization and Intelligent Computing (Civic)
  • Multi-Media Lab (MML)
  • Centre for Research on Management and Governance (CRMG)
  • Software Engineering Research Centre (SERC)
  • Liberty Lab for Robotics

Islamabad Campus[edit]

The Islamabad Campus is along the Kashmir highway, spread over 15 acres.It is the main campus of the University.[11]

Research Labs:[12]

  • Software Quality Engineering and Testing (QUEST)
  • Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)
  • MANAGEMENT ADVANCEMENT RESEARCH CENTRE - MARC
  • ReVeaL (Recognition, Vision and Learning) Research Group
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Leaning [AIM]
  • HALP (Huawei Authorized Learning Partner)
  • HAINA (Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy)

Peshawar Campus[edit]

FAST Peshawar, Student Block

The Peshawar campus was founded in 2001 and it covers an area of 4 acres.it is located 160 Industrial Estate,Jamrud Road, Peshawar.[13]

Research Labs:[14]

  • Decision Support Systems Group
  • National University Systems and Simulations Group (NuSyS)
  • Center for Research in High Performance Reconfigurable Computing

Faisalabad Campus[edit]

The Faisalabad Campus was founded in 2012. The campus is located on 10 acres of land on Faisalabad Chiniot Road (about 9 Km’s from Faisalabad Motorway interchange - towards Chiniot).[15]

Degree Programs[edit]

The disciplines and the degree programs offered by FAST have been tabulated below. The regular duration of BS and MS / M Phil degree programs is 4 and 2 years, respectively.

Discipline Programs Offered In Campuses
Islamabad Karachi Lahore Peshawar Faisalabad
PHD
Computer Science[16] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Electrical Engineering[17] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Mathematics[18] Green tickY
Management Sciences[19] Green tickY
Masters
Business Administration[20] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Computer Network & Security[21] Green tickY
Computer Science[22] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Civil Engineering[23] Green tickY
Electrical Engineering[24] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Applied Linguistics[25] Green tickY
Mathematics[26] Green tickY
Management Sciences[27] Green tickY
Software Engineering[28] Green tickY
Software Project Management[29] Green tickY Green tickY
Bachelors
Business Administration[30] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Accounting & Finance[31] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Computer Science[32] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Civil Engineering[33] Green tickY
Electrical Engineering[34] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Events and festivals[edit]

Geek week[edit]

Geek even was held in FAST-NU Lahore.more than 1,000 students from all over the country are participating in the Geek Week 2016 at the FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), to promote the technology in the country.[35]

SOFTEC[edit]

SOFTEC is a two-day event organized every year at the Lahore campus of NUCES since 1995. It consists of competitions, including:

  • Software Competition
  • Bilal Hashmi Programming Contest
  • Engineering Project Competition
  • Web and App Development Competition
  • Gaming Competitions
  • Ideas Xtreme ( Where students from Grade School display their ideas)
  • Robo Rumble

PROCOM[edit]

PROCOM is a two-day event organized every year at the Karachi campus of NUCES since 1998.

This year's President was Junaid Zafar and General Secretary Ruknuddin Hamza. Procom entertained over 1300+ Participants from all over Pakistan and was declared as the best edition in the history of Procom.

PROCOM is the yearly flagship event of FAST-NUCES Karachi. It is an educational event which holds competitions in computer science, electrical and electronics engineering, business studies and arts.[36]

PROCOM hosts participants from all over Pakistan and FAST students themselves. Companies also participate ranging from software houses to career counseling firm to engineering giants. Scholars as well as professionals from various fields attend PROCOM as guests, observers and judges to witness the proficiency of the students.

NaSCon[edit]

NaSCon is one of the events that is organized annually by FAST Islamabad campus since 2001. The event comprises computer science, engineering and business competitions. Teams from all over the country participate. There are also entertainment events.[37][38]

NUTEC[edit]

NUTEC is a 3-day event organized by the final year students of FAST Peshawar. It was held in 2013 and 2014 but is in idle due to lack of finances.[39]

It consists of the following competitions as per NUTEC'14

  • Software Projects Exhibition
  • Hardware Projects Exhibition
  • On Board Circuit Design
  • Speed Programming Competition
  • Short Movies
  • E-Gaming
  • Business Case Simulation
  • Business Plan Competition
  • Ad TEC
  • Quiz Competition (CS, EE, Management, Math)
  • Global Village

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mir Zafar Ali[40] - first Pakistani to win Oscar Award
  • Fawad Afzal Khan[41]- singer and Actor
  • Farhan Saeed[42]- singer and owner of Cafe Rock
  • Ahmed Ali Butt - singer and actor
  • Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan- singer and music producer
  • Imran Khan[43] (Scientist)- scientist and part of LIGO team 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officers of the University". Official Website. NUCES. 
  2. ^ "About FAST & NU". Official Website. NUCES. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Headquarters and introduction. "Headquarters and introduction". Headquarters and introduction. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Google maps. "Address and location of National University of Computer and Emerges Sciences". Google maps. Google maps. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "NU Karachi Campus". NU Karachi Campus. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Govt Pakistan. "HEC Listings". Govt Pakistan. Higher Education Commission. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.pec.org.pk/schedule_first.aspx
  8. ^ a b "About Karachi Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  9. ^ "About Lahore Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Research at Lahore Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  11. ^ "About Islamabad Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Research at Islamabad Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  13. ^ "About Peshawar Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  14. ^ "Research at Peshawar Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  15. ^ "About Chiniot-Faisalabad Campus". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  16. ^ "PhD (Computer Science)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  17. ^ "PhD (Electrical Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  18. ^ "PhD (Mathematics)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  19. ^ "PhD (Management Sciences)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  20. ^ "Master of Business Administration". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  21. ^ "MS (Computer Network and Security)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  22. ^ "MS (Computer Network and Security)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  23. ^ "MS(Civil Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  24. ^ "MS (Electrical Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  25. ^ "MS(LING)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  26. ^ "MS (Mathematics)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  27. ^ "MS (Management Sciences)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  28. ^ "MS (Software Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  29. ^ "MS (Software Project Management)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  30. ^ "Bachelor of Business Administration". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  31. ^ "BS (Accounting & Finance)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  32. ^ "BS (Computer Science)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  33. ^ "BS (Civil Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  34. ^ "BS (Electrical Engineering)". NU official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  35. ^ "Geek week: Students face off in IT competitions at FAST-NU". The Express Tribune. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  36. ^ "Procom.Net 2015". theunipedia.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  37. ^ "FAST NaSCon: Proving your scientific, technological skills". The Express Tribune. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  38. ^ "Fast Islamabad witnessed a grand opening ceremony of naSCon". TECHJUICE.Com. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  39. ^ "NUTEC '14 Redefining Khyber". pwr.nu.com. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  40. ^ "Karachi to Hollywood: Pakistani visual effects artist wins third Oscar". The Express Tribune. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  41. ^ "Fawad Afzal Khan – Complete Biography of Chocolaty Hero". MagMediaNews. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  42. ^ "Farhan Saeed Biography". MagMediaNews. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  43. ^ "25-year-old scientist from Quetta took part in discovery of gravitational waves". The Express Tribune. 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 

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