13th Annual COMPPEC: A Technological Event in the Right Direction

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RAWALPINDI, June 25, 2014 –After the resounding success of yesteryear’s COMPPEC, the 13th annual Computer Project Exhibition and Competition was concluded today at the closing ceremony presided over by Lt. General (Rtd.) Talat Masood, with huge participation from various areas of Pakistan. Dr. Shoab Ahmad Khan, HoD Computer Department, was the Chief Organizer of this event while Razi Waqar and Saud Mughal were the President and the Vice President respectively of the Student Organizing body. Other organizers included esteemed faculty members like Brig. Farooq Azam, Dr. Usman Akram, Dr. Ali Hassan, Dr. Saad Rehman and Mr. Wasi Haider.

COMPPEC is a prestigious technological event which is held every year at College of E&ME, NUST with the vision of creating national harmony among fellow participants and to inculcate sense of competition amongst the participants. This event provides a platform to the undergraduate students from different universities of Pakistan to flaunt their brilliant and innovative ideas. This year UET, COMSATS, UMT, Bahira and several other universities took part in the competition.

COMPPEC 2014, a two-day event, started on June 24 and concluded on June 25, 2014. A myriad of participants from different universities displayed their extraordinary projects which spanned over the following 5 categories:

  • Electromechanical Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Digital Systems
  • Mobile Apps and Games

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These projects were evaluated by distinguished judges from different universities like COMSATS, SMME NUST, IIU, PIEAS and UET and renowned companies mainly We R Play. Renowned veterans like Dr. Sheraz Anjum, Dr. Moshin Jamil, Dr. M. Sher, Dr. Hamid Turrab, Dr. Sharif and Mr. Furqan Qureshi Dr. Fasih Ud Din Butt, Dr. Ghalib, Dr. Abdul Jalil, Dr. Khawar Khursheed, Dr. Ehsan Ullah Munir et cetera evaluated the projects.The overall best prize went to the project Smart Stealth by College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, with prize money of Rs. 50,000.

Alongside the project exhibition the 3rd C&IT Symposium was also held. Some of the best minds of Pakistan IT sector were invited to this event and they shared their insight and knowledge with the attendees. This year’s symposium was an outstanding success. The college received proposals for 48 research papers, from which 40 were presented. Distinguished speakers included Dr. Akram Sheikh (DG PASTIC) and Dr. Sajjad Sarwar shared their insight and views on the current condition of the IT sector..

“We need to bridge the gap between university and industry. After a student gets out of university there is a whole new learning cycle that he has to go through. That needs to be changed.”

Commented Dr. Sajjad Sarwar on the fact that Pakistan’s IT sector isn’t viewed as very robust/advanced by the Western world.

This year’s COMPPEC had other sub-events to judge and enrich the aptitude of the visiting students. These included Code-A-Thon, Debug Mania and Posteria. Fun filled event Posteria offered the participants a chance to shine using their creativity and artistic skills. A Scavenger Hunt was also organized which was a great success. UET was able to lay claim to the first prize of PKR 2500 of the Hunt.

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If someone asks me what are the objectives of all the effort that has gone in organizing COMPPEC, I would say to strengthen unity among ourselves, to let everyone have faith in our youth and to teach our students the virtue of executing and presenting their work and in organizing such a mega event. In short, it is a practical demonstration of Quaid’s Message of Unity, Faith and Discipline,”

opined Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan, Chief Organizer of COMPPEC and the HoD, Computer Engineering at the College of E&ME.

Organized at a time when the country is in turmoil, with little funds and under the critical law and order situation of the twin cities, COMPPEC was merely the heading sentence of the story Pakistan’s youth can write, of rising and conquering under the gravest of circumstances.

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