There is no alternate to honour. Work with honour to serve your country. This was stated by renowned scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 3rd Open House at male and female campuses of the International Islamic University (IIUI) on Thursday.
The event was organised by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) at the university.
IIUI Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, Director Female Campus Dr Zaitoon Begum, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Dr Ghulam Yasin Chohan and a large number of students were present at the occasion.
“Do hard work, excel in your careers and contribute towards the prosperity of the country”, Dr Khan advised the students.
He said that after working for around 15 years in Europe, he had a good salary and a booming career, “but I preferred coming back and serving my country”.
The man who is often accredited of making Pakistan a nuclear power, Dr Khan said that in the Muslim history is dotted with highly accomplished scientists, philosophers and thinkers. Learn about them and seek inspiration from their work, he urged the students. Meanwhile, the young engineers, who were taking part in the open day, keenly showcased various research and development projects at the industrial and commercial stalls they had set up for the occasion.
Among other projects, three students, Ayesha Zaib, Maryum Humayun and Myra Sharif, presented a model of Electronic Voting Machine that aims at helping to hold speedy, transparent and cost effective polling. “There will be no need of any ballot box and other administrative system for casting polls. Such a system has already been operational in India and United States,” said Zaib.
“The machine will automatically detect invalid votes and give results within minutes,” she said. We are working to further improve it, she said.
The students claimed that the cost of the electronic voting machine will not be more than Rs 2,000 per machine if they are manufactured in a large quantity. One machine could be sufficient for one polling station, said Humayun.
Moreover, Iqra Riaz, Asma Saeed and Madiha Idrees presented a project on “Energy Efficient House” with the objective to generate energy from renewable energy resources, solar and wind. Iqra said that we have made an inverter for DC to AC conversion and charge controller which prevent overcharging and over voltage.
She said, “Our project is designed to reduce the consumption of energy through automatic system.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.