KARACHI: Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology’s (SSUET) Quality Enhancement Cell organized a demanding lecture on the theme of “Teaching as a Profession” at its campus. Professor Emeritus Dr Ikram Khawaja was the guest speaker.
Expressing his views in a welcome speech, SSUET Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said: “No one can deny the significance of teaching methodology in the present era of globalization and SSUET is developing its Quality Enhancement Cell merging it with faculty developing programme to ensure quality and standard of education according to the global demand in modern perspective.”
Speaking on the occasion, Anwar said: “Creative skill is the nucleus of teaching methodology and teachers are the ones who may introduce new trends and concepts to the students and prepare a highly educated creative mindset. Teachers guide students in their social relationship and help them develop values. Quality Enhancement Cell under the chairmanship of Prof Dr Arshad Karim Syed is embarking on a new journey of progress and hopefully he will strengthen the faculty and be able to connect them to modern trends.
Introducing the guest, he said: “Professor Emeritus Dr Ikram Khawaja is the first Pakistani who has been associated with a state university of American, Youngstown State University, Ohio USA, for 46 years. He proved his extra ordinary academic and administrative skills as President, Vice Chancellor, Provost, Dean and professor. This was the reason why he was hired three times by Youngstown State University after his retirement. He founded Islamic Chair at the university. He did Masters from Southern Illinois University and PhD from Indiana University, USA.”
Guest speaker Prof Dr Ikram Khawaja said: “Students are the main commodity in teaching. Good relationship between faculty and students is a vital point to the success of both teacher and students because it creates an environment conducive to learning. We feel proud to say that despite all hurdles in Pakistan we are making products that shine in the world.”
“I chose teaching as a profession because it gives me inner satisfaction and no amount of money can buy it. I always advise people not to get into this profession with lack of interest. Real joy in this profession is your relationship with students. It gives you immense pleasure when you see the success of your students in respective fields who were associated with you. That’s a great reward for a teacher,” he said. Prof Dr Ikram Khawaja said: “Don’t make students just a recipient of information. It’s a meaningless exercise. Association of students with faculty should be productive, thought oriented and problem solving which is important in the art of teaching. It may develop character, total personality and set of values.”
Earlier, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Jawaid H Rizvi presented the progress report of SSUET and said that an effective teaching style engages students in the learning process and helps them develop critical thinking skills. Prof Dr Arshad Karim, Director QEC said that Quality Enhancement Cell is proud to begin its new journey focusing on global education system. In the end, Dean of Engineering, Prof Dr S M Makhdumi presented the vote of thanks.