1. A series of cascading workshops as under were planned by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering in Dec 2010.
First workshop 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2010 For College faculty/researchers
Second Workshop 21 – 22 Dec 2010 For College faculty/researchers
Third Workshop 28 – 29 Dec 2010 For H-12 campus faculty/researchers
The events were funded by British Council under International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (INSPIRE) Programme through Higher Education Commission and NUST. The overall goal of Talented Researcher Exchange Programme (TRXP) cascading workshops were to act as a catalyst for preparing faculty and young researchers develop national/international research proposals. The topic for all the Two days Workshop was "Understanding writing/winning International Research Grants and developing Sustainable Collaborative Research Networks: Tips and Tricks". The event became a platform for all interested students, researchers and the faculty members to contribute positively in enhancing the research culture in our country. Some of the short – long terms objectives of the workshops are given below:-
a. To disseminate best practices in writing proposals for national and international research grants.
b. To develop and sustain international and domestic collaboration among experts from diverse domains and cross cultural backgrounds.
c. To share knowledge from experts regarding sustainability of research funding and international projects.
2. The expected outcomes of the workshop were:-
a. The workshop will improve capacity building by training researchers from academia and strengthening the institutions.
b. Knowledge and understanding about research proposal writing.
c. Skills to sustain international research networks.
3. The total number of participants who participated in the workshops exceeded 150 faculty members, researchers and students. The Head of Programs, British Council, Nishat Riaz was the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony of the first workshop.
Dr. Syed Waheed ul Haq, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUST College of E&ME was the workshop coordinator and resource person, while Dr. Najeeba Arif, Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu, IIU, and Dr. Sarmad Sadik, Assistant Professor, SEECS, NUST were the resource persons. Dr. Shoab, Associate Professor, NUST College of E&ME was the guest speaker.
Dr. Najeeba Arif, is the Assistant Professor in Department of Urdu, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and the Co-Editor of the Biannual Research Journal of the Department. She has more than 20 years’ experience of teaching at higher level. She is well versed in research and developing projects. She has authored three books, contributed 04 chapters to the books and wrote 30 research papers, published in various renowned journals. She has widely travelled and attended several International Conferences, seminars and workshops within and out of the country.
Dr Sarmad Sadik has completed his PhD from the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS) in National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad in the year 2010. His areas of interest include software agents, formal methods, ontology based policies and semantic web. He has participated in R&D Labs and research conferences in various countries including Netherlands, Japan, China, Australia, UAE and UK.
Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan’s areas of specialization are Digital Signal Processing, Digital Design and Communication System. He has authored or co-authored more 65 publications in journals and conferences. He has Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA. He is one of the five recipients of National Education Award 2001 in the category of "Outstanding Services to Science and Technology".
This was an Interactive workshop based on communication, sharing and learning together and was aimed at familiarizing the participants with the processes and requirements of writing successful research projects and thinking about the challenges and risks of working in multicultural environments.
All the resource persons, including Dr. Syed Waheed UL Haq discussed various aspects of writing and winning successful research proposals and developing and maintain international research networks. They addressed the issues of intercultural communication for the purpose of collaboration, project management and sustainability, making an impact on the institutions and the country, strategic skills - assertiveness, influencing, negotiating and embedding partnership impacts across the institutions and developing and maintaining wider international networks