Pakistani Women in Tech: Meet Engr. Dr. Shehla Saleem, Role Model, Wifi Engineer at Apple, California
Women Engineers Pakistan had the chance to speak to the amazing Engr. Dr. Shehla Saleem, a truly inspiring role model for Pakistani women in STEM fields, and in general as well. Shehla completed her engineering degree from Military College of Signals, NUST and followed her dream to complete a PhD from the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. And she didn't stop, reaching all the way to work at Apple, California where she works in Wifi Engineering!! A true role mode, Shehla rose against all challenges to become the face of talented Pakistani women everywhere in the world. One question many women face during the progress of their career and education is how would they ensure a "work-life balance"? Dr. Shehla is a shining example of having done a phenomenal job at just that, and we think you should read on and be just as inspired as we are!
"Being the youngest of four sisters and a brother, I grew up in a big, busy family. A lot of my motivation to do well came from seeing how hard my parents worked every single day to provide for us. Each time any of us did well at school or elsewhere, I could see a unique sense of joy and pride in my parents’ eyes and I would resolve to always make them feel that way.
I was always taught that we must try to be good at whatever comes our way. Our approach to problems in life can be influenced significantly by how we learn to handle stress, success as well as boredom and failure from a young age. I enjoyed most subjects at school but when I found something disinteresting, rather than complain, I’d try to identify exactly what I didn’t enjoy about it. Thinking this way helps you learn what excites you and what your strengths are, and gives you clarity and conviction when you’re in a position to actually choose your path.
I chose engineering because I found mathematical topics stimulating and challenging. However, at the time, engineering was still a very “male-dominated” path in Pakistan and people had doubts regarding the place of women in that field. Rather than be deterred by it, I took it as an opportunity to change a widely held perception and I feel humbled at having played my small part in doing just that. I graduated at the top of my undergraduate engineering class and was the first girl to do that. For some, it was hard to accept that a girl engineer was finishing ahead of all the males, but I am thankful for the many more supporting and encouraging voices. The struggle didn’t end with graduation though. I was once employed at a telecom company in Islamabad that did not have a women’s restroom in their whole office space. I am glad that I had the courage to bring it to their attention and have them create a safe
and healthy work environment where both men and women can thrive professionally.
I do not subscribe to the idea of having one or even a couple role models. I believe that everyone who crosses our path in life, offers a new lesson, a new perspective, and we are essentially a weighted combination of all of those lessons. I have many role models, some taught me kindness, some humility, others taught me resilience and bouncing back from failure. If I were to choose one character trait, that can make a superior contribution to success, I would call on “grit” and the idea of not giving up, but at the same time, knowing when to walk away.
I believe in the power of collaboration, sharing of ideas and building meaningful relationships. I try to take initiative and raise my voice wherever I find it can be useful. It helps being thorough, because it gives you the right amount of confidence that you can be assertive without being combative. I had two kids during my PhD and their father and I were equal partners in everything related to our children. I believe girls must be sure of their rights and abilities and be prepared to stand-up against the status-quo to make sure they are neither silenced nor denied their rights. I would end by saying that while I strongly believe that ambition to succeed professionally is a noble pursuit, we must also feed our ‘human’ side all along. Find a cause that matters to us and commit to it, stand-by for family and friends, and always be willing to lend a helping hand. In my work-life, I go through periods of high-stress but that human connection gives me the support I need to keep going and see things through. Life is all about finding joys in the middle of any amount of chaos."
Who inspired you to STEM forward?
Do you know any extraordinary Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine? Help us Nominate Role Models for the coming generation!
We had the privilege of speaking to Engr. Dr. Maria Riaz, a truly stellar engineer from Pakistan who has shattered glass ceilings and reached all the way to Google. Maria graduated from NUST (MCS Rawalpindi) as a software engineer, and later received a PhD from North Carolina State University. She is a true role model in both academic and career streams, and her story is sure to inspire many more superstar women in STEM fields from Pakistan. Following is Maria's story, and her very inspiring message to the women both already in the field and those aspiring to join in:
"I grew up in a closely knit family with two sisters and one brother. The strong bond that I have with my family is a blessing and provides me with a lot of positive reinforcement. I am thankful that growing up, I was never compared with others and was rather expected to do the best I can in a given situation. This has helped me feel empowered to learn and grow without any external constraints.
My favorite subjects in school were Mathematics and Physics. I was always encouraged to develop an understanding of the subject over rote memorization. Later in undergrad, I really enjoyed logical reasoning and programming related courses. All of these provided a strong foundation for analytical thinking and problem solving. The knowledge itself, but more so the underlying skills to understand the requirements and constraints of a given situation and figure things out, definitely helps in day to day situations.
Growing up in Pakistan, we are not exposed to a lot of the career options that are out there. I was motivated to be an engineer as I felt inclined towards subjects and concepts that are closely associated with engineering. This was not the most popular choice for girls and many individuals encouraged me to choose a different career path. Initially, the biggest barrier was that people were constantly questioning my choice and I had to justify why I would rather not be a doctor or something deemed more suitable for women. I think it is important to realize that engineering is not one profession, there are many options available and many type of career paths and job opportunities to meet different types of interests within engineering. There is room for everyone to explore their individual strengths and passion when choosing a STEM career.
I am thankful to have had strong role models in all walks of life, be at home, school or as part of other social / professional interactions. I feel inspired by individuals who are kind and compassionate as providing a little encouragement and reassurance can go a long way.
I think it is very important to have a support network as no one individual has all the answers. The most trusted way to create a support network is to be of support to others where and when you can. I would like to see newcomer girls, and all newcomers in general, to develop strategies that help them be resilient in the face of challenges and not be afraid to seek guidance and opportunities that can lead to personal growth and excellence."
Who inspired you to STEM forward?
Do you know any extraordinary Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine? Help us Nominate Role Models for the coming generation!
Nominated by: Dr. Kendra Sharp (Oregon State University USA)
What makes her a trail-blazer?
Ms. Batool is currently a teaching fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the Information Technology University (ITU) and is also the Director of the Innovation for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) at ITU. She was a technical and research lead of a DFID funded project "Har Zindagi, Every Life Matters" that aims to improve kids' immunization coverage and retention across Punjab. Early results of the study demonstrate the value of incentives for and tracking of vaccinators; the results also demonstrate how ICT can be utilized to push positive social change. Ms. Batool also worked as an organizer for an International Development Design Summit in Lahore in 2016 where she served as a design mentor and community liaison. This summit brought together approximately 30 participants and 10 organizers from all over the world to apply the design process to co-create prototype ICT solutions for problems the "ahead" team (including Amna) identified with lady health workers, school teachers, artisans, and other community partners.
Few Words from the Nominator:
I have known Amna for several years and am seeing her mature into both a leader and a respected researcher/mentor in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).
While I am a professor in the U.S., I have been involved with several projects in Pakistan, including the Design Summit in Lahore. It was a joy to work with Amna and I am so pleased to hear of her growing professional success. She is an excellent role model for women in computer science in Pakistan!
An event to celebrate and advance Women in Technology within Pakistan.
The second WEP Zonal conference shall be held on December 14th, 2017 at Lahore College for Women University. We are bringing female Role Models in STEM for you to learn from. There are sessions regarding the ingredients of a Winning Resume, the importance of following your passion, and opportunities for working from home.
Introducing our Speakers:
Miss Shaista Ali is a Forensic Chemistry wiz. She is a lecturer at GCU, Lahore and is also working towards a PhD. Shaista is definitely a Role Model!
Syed M. Salman Mehdi is a wizard with much magic. Get motivated, come join us on December 14th!
Engr. Anum Tariq will be talking about her experience with Women Engineers Pakistan, and how best to shape your career ladder towards progress. Engineers, look forward to this talk: Anum is a definite ROLE MODEL!
Engr. Usman Muhammad Ali will be speaking on "Work from Home: How is this Culture going to work for women in Pakistan?"
Our very own Engr. Jawad Ali will be co-presenting a workshop on "The Best CV Ever! + Some Interview Tips".
Get to meet our Founder!
Engr. Ramla Qureshi, Founder & CEO of WEP, will be giving Diversity Training: "How to work in a multi-cultural, multi-gendered, multi-everything work environment."
Hope to see you soon!
An event to recognize Women Engineers Pakistan supporters in the presence of successful role models.
The event will cover:
- Founder WEP meet and greet with team
- Key note speaker talks from industry and corporate (Speakers and topics will be release soon, keep following)
- Speed Networking
- Skill building sessions on:
Opportunities to apply
Meet Our Speakers:
Meet our Founder:
Our Pioneering member, Engr. Anum Tariq Khan spoke at the STEMinists of Pakistan: Overcoming Barriers | Lahore event organized by British Council Pakistan on October 28th, 2017.
The organizers ensured that the discussion would focus "..not only on challenges that women face while working in science and technology but will cover some tips on how they can become indispensable to the industry, make a mark in their workplaces and have the same progression as their male counterparts. For young girls and women interested in STEM fields, it can be difficult to find women who are established within these fields."
Anum spoke about the enablers and barriers for Pakistani women within #STEM fields. Anum's passion for the cause has shown through all three years of her work with Women Engineers Pakistan. For WEP's "Science for Progress" initiative, she has spoken to many young high school girls about the importance of education as a whole, and about STEM in detail. She has also spoken at national level to policy makers within the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and industry, regarding current issues that women face within engineering academia and industry. Anum has led many student-industry linkage events, and has conducted various field-trips for prospective female engineers to different STEM firms. She is also a part of IEEE Women in Engineering, and constantly works for promoting and empowering women.
Engr. Jawad is also a pioneering member of WEP. He has been one of our very strong male allies for the cause, and is constantly working with us to promote and encourage more women in STEM fields. Jawad has gone through all the processes involved in the WEP experience, has participated in multiple outreach sessions towards girls schools in underprivileged areas, conducted various empowerment seminars for grooming of university students, and is currently a mentor for the current campus ambassadors across the country.
Progressing Women in STEM
Here's to Girl Power!
Our ER manager, Engr. Yusra Shah represented #Pakistan and Women Engineers Pakistan at the Global Women In Leadership Economic Forum (WIL Forum) in Dubai. Yusra met with HRH Princess Tessy Antony of Luxembourg, who gave an amazing message; "Pakistan is incredibly resourceful country, and you have lots of opportunities, so don't give up! Even if from time to time it is hard, and you are being pushed down, just push back! You can do it, and I am with you!" #womenInSTEM #WomenInTech#WomenEngineersPakistan
Progressing women in STEM
Meet Engr. Beenish Bakhtawar, the newest edition to Women Engineers Pakistan; a great mentor and role model for young girls passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
Beenish graduated from National University of Sciences and Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering. Currently pursuing her Masters in Construction Engineering and Management, Beenish strongly feels the absence of women colleagues in Science and Tech. She knows that there is no shortage of talent in Pakistan, and is an avid believer in the enormous potential held by this country's youth. Participation in Women Engineers Pakistan for her is not just work, its a belief. In her words, "This is something I actually believe in. It bothers me so much when people seem confused or trapped in their careers. It has happened with me as well at some point. Secondly, the girls get so much discouragement when they want to pursue a career in engineering. We might just make some actual difference in KP (Khuber Pakhtunkhwa). It would be amazing! Although I have my research going on and making time for it will be difficult, but I am in 🙂 InshaAllah!"
In the future Beenish wants to continue her research focusing on the social and environmental costing of construction projects, device better ways and methods to measure impacts, and design sustainable systems, especially for infrastructure projects.
The US - Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy, in collaboration with Arizona State University, NUST, UET, Women Engineers Pakistan and Higher Education Commission Pakistan conducted a three day workshop on the topic of "Awareness and Strategy Building for Gender Equity in Engineering". This workshop was aimed towards the faculty and graduate students of engineering universities, and addressed a wide array of difficult topics, including "a session with secondary school career counselors, an HEC-led session on sexual harassment, an HEC-led session on general leadership skills, and several sessions on scholarly advancement." In addition to these, several different sessions were conducted where members of WEP expressed their work, expertise, and experiences in either a group panel or individually.
This workshop was a step forward towards documenting the current status of women within STEM fields in Pakistan. It helped create awareness of gender inequity in STEM, and drew attention to the probable solutions, policy changes, and strategies that could help mitigate this gender gap. Dr. Chad Haines from Arizona State University championed the workshop, leading multiple panels such as; "Defining the Parameters of Gender Issues in Pakistan", "Professional Development and Gender Equity", and "Identifying Obstacles to Gender Equity" etc.
WEP ER Manager, Ms. Yusra Shah introduced the audience to the progress made by Women Engineers Pakistan as an organization, and implored upon the vast amount of work that is still to be done in order to achieve gender parity within the STEM fields. The first session was a round-table discussion that broadly discussed the various different challenges faced by women in engineering. WEP Professional member Ms. Saliha Akram presented a perspective of women engineers in the field, and shed light to the career choices made by women, and challenges they face in pursuing their profession. Student members, and WEP Campus Ambassadors also conducted a panel discussion highlighting back on the challenges of women students studying engineering, and the apprehensions they already face for the practical world while still at school.
WEP Member Experience:
WEP member Rawash Asif expressed her experience as, "It has been a great experience attending the workshop, on ‘Gender Equity in Engineering’ organized by USAID, as one of the campus ambassadors of Women Engineers Pakistan where I had a chance to speak about the special challenges women face in studying and opting for engineering fields, at the national forum. I am enthused and honored to have shared my university experience with the people from different streams, different branches, different academic years and especially with the university administrators and professors who listened to the issues addressed by me. Overall, it was a very well organized and very successful workshop where I met with many faculty members and MS students and had a chance to interact with them. I truly thank WEP for supporting and believing in me."
WEP member Ayesha Mehboob said, "Attending the ‘Gender Equity’ workshop organized by USAID and ASU in collaboration with NUST and UET Peshawar was a great experience. It provided me a stage for sharing personal experience, concerns with the faculty members and administrators of various universities and to stand up for the issues and obstacles other girls are facing in STEM field. The Question and Answer session with such an intellectual and active audience helped me to make my points clear. I also got the chance to interact with the representatives of ASU, USAID, Professors and students from the different fields which helped me to expand my professional network. Speaking in front of so many people for the first time was a confidence booster for me.
Overall it was a great learning experience. I would like to thank USAID for their invitation and hospitality and WEP for trusting me with the huge responsibility to discuss the sensitive issue of the society and for the moral support."
WEP Pioneering member, Ms. Anum Tariq noted, "It has been a great experience attending the workshop on " Gender Equity in Engineering" organized by USAID, as one of the campus ambassador of Women Engineers Pakistan which was an attempt by me to put a limelight towards the issues i faced in my past and present so other girls in STEM, thanks to WEP for providing this platform to raise our voice in front of influenced people and policy makers. It was also very great experience to meet other campus Ambassadors, Faculty members and Masters Students."
Similarly, WEP Pioneering member Shayan Abdurrauf said, "It has been a great experience attending the workshop, on ‘Gender Equity in Engineering’ organized by USAID, as one of the campus ambassadors of Women Engineers Pakistan where I could take a stand for the women who face issues in their engineering degree and professional life, as i always wanted to highlight the challenges girls faced in my university especially due the male gender of their class and university in order to change the childish and cheap mindset of the male youths. Moreover, the workshop even benefited me by polishing my public speaking skills as it was my first experience of panel discussion and even provided me with good memories and contacts for my future."
WE ARE HIRING!!
Women Engineers Pakistan is looking for talented writers to contribute to our blog. We work to draw attention towards difficult topics; such as: Advocacy for women in STEM fields, Policies and Statutes to facilitate STEM talent within the country, Measures taken against workplace/sexual harassment, Resources available to encourage and retain women in STEM fields, etc. We also conduct interviews with women in tech. fields, run STEM Summer camps, etc., and would need bloggers to cover such events. Please do familiarize yourself with our blog at http://www.womenengineers.pk/blog
If you have a creative side, are willing to conduct deep and result-oriented research, and of course, are completely aware of the perils of plagiarism, please contact us at email@example.com by Friday, June 16th 2017
CIRCLE in collaboration with TechRock, and Lean In China bring She Loves Tech to Pakistan! If you have an idea with the potential to create vibes across the globe, this is your chance to shine! She Loves Tech is a global startup competition that presents opportunities to women entrepreneurs. Here's an extract from their website regarding the competition, eligibility, and the prizes for your hard work!!
"She Loves Tech is a global initiative showcasing the convergence of the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women. It consists of an annual global startup competition and international conference series.
1. All applications must be submitted online and in english.
2. The deadline for applications is June 23, 2017.
*Please note that a panel of industry specialists will be reviewing BPs and shortlisting finalists for the round. All finalists will be informed 7-10 days before the competition.
STAGE: Seeking Angel, Seed or Series A funding (Under US$3m funding raised)
(a) At least one female entrepreneur in founding team who is using technology to solve a problem
(b) any entrepreneur, male or female, who is using technology to impact women positively:
• Are a significant proportion of end-users female?
• Are products specifically designed with women users in mind?
• Does the product itself address a problem that disproportionately affects women?
The use of science and innovation to invent useful things or to solve problems. This extends beyond digital, information or internet-based technology and covers everything from hardware to the creation of new product and solutions to existing problems.
We are open to accepting startups from all industries, with a particular focus on startups in these verticals:
• Fin Tech (finance)
• Consumer Tech (e-commerce, big data)
• Med Tech (medicine)
• Edu Tech (education)
• Agri Tech (agriculture)
• Clean Energy
• Internet of Things
• B to B Solutions
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including market opportunity, scalability and growth potential, innovation and creativity, calibre of founder and team, and last but not least, women impact.
Prizes & Benefits
The top team from She Loves Tech Pakistan 2017 will receive:
• Spot to pitch on international stage at finals in Beijing, China (September 16, 2017)
• Week-long boot camp (September 11-15, 2017) in Beijing, China consisting of talks and panels relating to globalization, the Chinese market and the latest technology trends, visits to leading tech companies, networking opportunities, and personalized pitch preparation workshops (accommodation covered)
• Pass to the She Loves Tech 2017 Conference in Beijing, China (September 16, 2017)
• Access to Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference’s (OTEC) resources (including but not limited to visa, business establishment and investment matching support in Beijing, China)
• Opportunity to apply for the Phoenix Plan grant of 100,000 RMB in Beijing’s Chaoyang District
• Listed in 36Kr Investor Assistant, China’s leading startup database, which has access to 8000 investors
• Intensive global media exposure including features in 36Kr, All China Tech, E27, ELLE etc.
• Mentorship with Chinaccelerator
• Other mentorship, networking and investment Opportunities (Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund with a gender lens, SOSV, #1 in VC seed funding for female-founded startups (TechCrunch), and other affiliate funds of the She Loves Tech global initiative will also be actively looking to invest in women impact startups from the competition)
*More prizes coming soon
Learn more at www.shelovestech.org"
In this day and age of "alternative facts", here is a ground reality: Pakistani women are second to none. Then why is it that the ratio of women to men participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is one of the lowest in the world? Women Engineers Pakistan has been actively trying to come up with solutions for this worrisome gender gap for the past three years or so. One of the common answers to this problem is the lack of opportunity, or the lack of fiscal ability. Today we present to you a comprehensive list of scholarships (both domestic and international) for pursuing the educational career of your dreams.
Scholarships within Pakistan
1. HEC Need-Based Scholarships
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has announced over 10,000 scholarships for students with financial constraints. This scholarship is available all over Pakistan, and can be applied for over 61 public sector universities. See more at: http://hec.gov.pk/english/scholarshipsgrants/NBS/Pages/default.aspx#sthash.0DLlQK9p.dpuf
2. Higher Education Opportunities for the students of Balochistan & FATA
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must possess Local/Domicile Certificate from Balochistan Province/FATA. A minimum 12 years education with 60% marks in FA/F.Sc or equivalent is required. This scholarship program covers the average Tuition Fee and other charges up to Rs.60,000 per semester. It also provides a living allowance of Rs. 6,000/month with Rs. 500 annual increments. Book allowance and initial settlement allowance is also provided. See more at: http://hec.gov.pk/english/scholarshipsgrants/BAL-FATA/Pages/Eligibility-Criteria.aspx#sthash.RSFUj9eZ.dpuf
3. Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas
Newly admitted student in Public Sector University in Spring/Fall Session are required to apply through the HEC online web portal system i.e. http://pmfrs.hec.gov.pk/ See more at: http://hec.gov.pk/english/scholarshipsgrants/tfp/Pages/How-To-Apply.aspx#sthash.krdOuFLr.dpuf
4. NUST Need-Based Scholarships
NUST provides need-based scholarships to selected Under Graduate and Post Graduate students. This is based strictly on the basis of their financial need. Only students securing admission on open merit are eligible for the award.
5. LUMS National Outreach Programme
Applicants are required to apply to the LUMS NOP during the first year of Intermediate or A-Levels. Application form can be downloaded from the following link: https://nop.lums.edu.pk/downloads-nop
6. Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Program
As per their official website, "Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented)."
7. Habib Univeristy Scholarship Programs
Habib University offers a total of 8 scholarships, which are "awarded to the students who demonstrate good academic merit. These scholarships cover 35% to 50% of tuition and fee of the recipients."
1. Bestway Foundation Scholarships for Students from Pakistan
Applicable courses include Master's courses in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM fields). In order to be considered eligible, you must already meet the minimum English Language entry requirements. See more at: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/fees-and-financial-support/university-scholarships-and-support/
2. Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship program. This scholarship offers a building ground for the leaders of tomorrow who come from all over the world, developing them both, professionally and academically by helping them to network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
3. Commonwealth Scholarships
Back in 2015, we published a procedure to apply for a Commonwealth scholarship to the UK. The deadline to submit the application is by end November/early December of the same year. One should understand that the screening process done by CSCUK on the basis of this online application is tough so one should properly research when writing the details. The results of the award are given out in April. The detailed procedure can be read here.
4. Fulbright Scholar Program
As per the United States Education Foundation in Pakistan, "The Fulbright Masters and PhD Program funds graduate study in the United States for a Master's or Ph.D. degree. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), these grants cover tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. USEFP also assists with the visa process."
5. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship
The AAUW's educational funding for women remains an important element to closing the funding gap for women in higher education. These scholarships are mostly aimed at education carried out within the United States.
6. OFID Scholarship
7. KAIST University Scholarships
8. Rhodes Scholarship
9. The Annemarie Schimmel Scholarship
10. And many others!
Our blogger, Sara Mashhadi compiled a list of scholarships some time ago. You can check this list out here.
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory of EPFL
For a research project on the seismic response of stone masonry buildings, the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory of EPFL ( http://eesd.epfl.ch/ ) invites applications for a PhD Position in Structural Engineering. For the seismic analysis of masonry buildings, accurate predictions of the in-plane displacement capacity of unreinforced masonry walls are required. The objective of the project is to develop mechanical models for the deformation capacity of stone masonry walls. The project will comprise large-scale experimental tests as well as the development of analytical models
*You have a Master's Degree in civil or structural engineering
*A strong background in mechanics is required
*Knowledge in earthquake engineering and structural masonry is of advantage but not mandatory
*You are proficient in spoken and written English
What they offer:
A challenging position at EPFL with outstanding infrastructure and an international working environment. The position is funded. For further information see phd.epfl.ch/edce .
If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter, CV and all university records as a single pdf-file to Katrin Beyer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should also apply in parallel to the doctoral program in Civil and Environmental Engineering ( http://phd.epfl.ch/edce ) or Mechanics (http://phd.epfl.ch/edme ).
The PhD Position in Structural Engineering is open until filled.
EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.
UNDP Pakistan is looking for eligible female candidates to fill one of it's roles for the UNDP FATA Recovery Project. See attached. Interested candidates, please send in your resumes to email@example.com
This work requires extensive experience of field monitoring of infrastructure schemes across KP and FATA which will involve working closely with Government counterparts, contractors and Pakistani security agencies.
Note from Recruiter:
UNDP Pakistan has received CVs of very good male candidates. However, in order to outreach further, we do need very good female candidates interested to work in KPK (Peshawar, Bannu and DI Khan).
It is that time of the year again, the circle of life as it were. High school has ended; and students have already sent their university applications, and are now eagerly waiting for their Hogwarts letters to arrive. We all are victims from suffering the many dilemmas before applying to university; Such as where should we apply? What universities are better for applying in the degree we want to major in? What universities are closer or further to home? Which universities offer hands-on top-of-the-notch learning experience? This question, that question.. That is why, to make this process easier for you, I have come up with a list of Top 10 engineering universities in Pakistan, that prospective makers and builders of tomorrow, the engineering students of today, can apply to.
Top 10 Engineering Universities in Pakistan: (in no particular order)
Please note that we are only enlisting the top 10 engineering universities in Pakistan, and by no means are rating them. For a list of international ratings for engineering schools and universities in the country, please visit HEC Ranking Lists webpage here.
Number 1: Pakistan Institution of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
Established in 1990, this university is located in Islamabad - the capital of Pakistan. The university offers a good learning environment as the campus is divided into two faculties: one is for Engineering and the other is for Applied Sciences. To further add to the merits of this university, it is ranked by the HEC and the PEC, as one of the best universities for engineering in Pakistan. Nestled in the serene setting of a beautiful countryside, it is recognized as a preeminent federal public university devoted to higher education in specific disciplines of engineering, natural sciences and formal sciences. The engineering faculty is highly qualified, with 135 world-class, highly qualified full-time faculty members in the diverse fields of physical sciences, engineering and medicine. PIEAS makes a wonderful topper for our list of Top 10 Engineering universities in Pakistan.
Number 2: National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Established in 1991. This university is located in Islamabad that is the capital of Pakistan. It was created for the particular promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the fields of science and technology. By providing a stable and disciplined academic environment together with need-based research, pertinent to industrial requirements.
The University was granted its Charter in 1993. Over the years, the university has expanded in scope, services and stature and has emerged as a leading comprehensive University in the public sector. Since 2015 NUST is ranked as the 1st highest university for engineering in Pakistan.
Today the university is a multi- campus institution. As it is a new-age university, defining new frontiers in teaching and research. The programs are distinctive for their high-quality research orientation. Notwithstanding the significance of undergraduate courses, there is ever-growing emphasis on postgraduate studies and research output.
Creativity and innovation are embedded as core values in all scholastic activities. The conducive academic environment at the campuses facilitates educational pursuits.
moreover, NUST has developed linkages with international universities of repute to ensure two-way flow of knowledge and to be in step with modern trends. Split programs and visits of eminent professors from reputed foreign universities is a regular feature of the academic activity. These eminent scholars deliver lectures on the latest developments in their respective fields and also help update and review the academic programs.
Number 3: Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institution of Engineering Science and Technology (GIKI)
This university is located in Pakistan’s North- West Frontier Province. It is Pakistan’s 3rd highest rated engineering university. If that is not reason enough, the university offers a wide range of courses and as the campus is located away from city life it offers a peaceful environment for study.
The Institute aspires for the leadership role in pursuit of excellence in engineering, sciences and technology. The Institute provides excellent teaching and research environment to produce graduates who distinguish themselves by their professional competence, research, entrepreneurship, humanistic outlook, ethical rectitude. the university adopts a pragmatic approach to problem solving, managerial skills and ability to respond to the challenge of socio-economic development to serve as the vanguard of techno-industrial transformation of the society.
Therefore, for those under graduates to be who want both a merger of theoretical and practical implementation of knowledge. GIKI is the place to go.
Number 4: University of Engineering and Technology (UET)
This university is located in Lahore. Offering its students a lively and always happening city environment. Today the university is spread over 4 campuses, which just goes to show its outreach and regional curriculum agenda.
The University is known for playing a leading role as a University of Engineering and Technology. The teaching style, research, innovation and commercialization that is internationally relevant with this University is great. Therefore, if you are looking for an economically feasible, higher education then UET is the place for you.
Number 5: University of Engineering and Technology (UET, Taxila)
This university is one of the top engineering universities in Pakistan. It is located in the historic and culturally rich city of Taxila. it is a campus extension of the University of Engineering and technology in Lahore.
The city of Taxila is 35 km from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on the main Rawalpindi-Peshawar highway. The University buses commute daily between the campus and the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Wah Cantt. The campus covers an area of 163 acres. All the teaching departments, residential colony for teachers/ employees, student hostels, guesthouse, post office and bank are housed on campus.
Thus, for anyone who wants to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life but still have the option for the city weekend. Then this is the university if for you.
Number 6: Institution of Space and Technology
Located in Islamabad, established in 2002, it is known as the center of excellence. Their aim is provide the state-of-the-art training facilities that will enable students to acquire hands-on experience, an acute requirement in the professional world.
What makes this university unique is that it provides specialized education in space and related science to bring our nation at par with the international community. Thus, the Institute of Space Technology is a great option for those students that are certain they want a career in aerospace dynamics field of study.
Number 7: Air University
Located in Islamabad AIR University is a federally chartered university. Its headquarters in Islamabad are surrounding the Margalla hills. A central place for engineering student’s right in the heart of Islamabad’s main street.
The mission of Air University is to achieve excellence in teaching and research for producing graduates with sound professional knowledge, integrity of character, a keen sense of social responsibility and a passion for lifelong learning.
The University shall stand committed to creating an environment conducive for attracting the best students, faculty and supporting staff for contributing to the development of a prosperous, peaceful and enlightened society.
The university is achieving it's mission statement gradually and for engineering students that want to continue there stay in Islamabad. This is the university for you.
Located in Karachi, The NEDUET is the oldest university for teaching and turning out graduate engineers.
The best quality about the NEDUET is that it offers engineering students a variety of disciplines to specialize in. To be exact the university offers, 25 disciplines of engineering. So, for students that have difficulty in deciding on a engineering field that they want to specialize in, this university is for them. As it offers the freedom of choice in sub- disciplining engineering.
Established in 1990 the University of KPK offers a wide range of engineering disciplines. The university itself is historically very architectural, and has produced many notable engineers within the country. Though there has been a notably low male:female student ratio, the faculty and available courses call for more participation for women in STEM.
Number 10: Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET)
The MUET is located in the region of Jamshoro, Sindh. Jamshoro is near the indus river a beautiful touristic site for students to explore over the weekends.
The university has established a conducive environment for top of the class professional education and research. As they aim to produce quality professionals who uphold and advance for the integrity, honor, and dignity of their profession, while taking active part in the development of the society. – A well-rounded engineering student is their aim.
Thus, it can be stated that there are several universities students wishing to pursue an engineering career can apply to in Pakistan. I wish you all, the best of luck and an amazing University experience.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
Education is the birth right of every child. It is seen as a birth right, a human right because of the catastrophic implications that exist when a child is denied this right. Opportunities are limited, growth is hindered, mental and social well- being of a child is put at risk and the whole manner in which their personality could have been shaped, changes its course. And mostly in most cases not for the better.
Therefore, after realizing the sole importance of education itself our readers are bound to ponder over why; education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics important for our kids as well?
The answer, dear readers, is not simple but a complex one. And I shall do my best to convince you the hype around “S.T.E.M education” for children is important and valid in today’s day and age.
In 2010, the United States President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated,
“We must ensure a STEM-capable citizenry. All U.S. citizens should have an understanding of scientific and technological knowledge, engineering principles, and quantitative methods sufficient to succeed in public life and in their careers, and to make informed decisions about issues facing our Nation and our planet.”
This statement illustrates just one key point as to why S.T.E.M education is crucial for our children from an early age. It is important because many of the issues that the world is facing today, whether it be global warming, famine, malnutrition, natural disasters all are in some way, shape or form linked to the field of S.T.E.M.
Either the answer to the problem can be found in many S.T.E.M related solutions or the core problem can be found in S.T.E.M related technicalities and issues. Therefore, in order for the children of Pakistan to have even a fighting chance in impacting and changing and helping the world becoming a better place. STEM education is pivotal to the process.
If Pakistani parents think that focusing and giving importance to S.T.E.M education is just a means by school systems to increase the fees of students while the child gains the same amount of knowledge as they did before. This is also entirely a wrong concept of thought.
Yes, perhaps S.T.E.M education shall cost a little more on the pockets of parents but that is only because the right sort of equipment and classroom equipment and environment needs to be altered, In order to create a STEM friendly learning environment. After all, what is taking place is a revolutionary process within the education system of Pakistan. Moreover, to add further weight to the argument on June 17th, 2010 the USA White House, invited middle school and high school teachers that are working to try innovative new models and include more STEM education in their classrooms. And older elementary school students participated in numerous science fairs and maker fair’s at the White House. This illustrates the point that it is not just Pakistan that these positives changes, hopefully are going to be implemented. But in developed states such as that of the Unites States programs such as these have been already functioning, over the last 6 years or so.
Erin Macpherson, in her article on Early STEM education for children pointed out a fantastic reason as to why children need to be educated from an early age in STEM. Not just in Pakistan but across the world. "It’s so important to encourage STEM learning early in schooling is that the process of inquiry that is integral to STEM is the way young children naturally learn." Young children explore, ask questions, and discuss their findings. In her article she describes first grade learners gathered around a sand table: "Students become engrossed with the sand, some marbles, and rulers, and soon, with the help of a few guiding questions, they are learning principles of physical science."
This just goes to show children have a natural yearning to discover and explore the world around them. S.T.E.M education is simply providing children the platform to do so. Science4us is another means by which fun and STEM education can be achieved.
If these are not reasons enough for you to tell your kids about STEM then know, that the long term material benefits of educating your child on STEM are a plenty. According to the US Department of Commerce research, workers in STEM fields earn 26% more than their counterparts and the job growth rate for STEM-related jobs are almost double that of non-stem occupations.
This basically means, by giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. Which is especially crucial for us Pakistanis as the job market keeps getting ,tougher and more competitive as the years go by.
Lastly, Pakistani Parental readers it is not as complicated as a procedure to educate your child in STEM and create awareness among your children of STEM education.
Doctor Green boils it down to the four essential tasks that teachers and or parents can do in order to lead their students to successful STEM education
Step 1: Change your lens
"Elementary teachers need the opportunity and the confidence to be engineers alongside their students," says Dr. Green. This can be as simple as changing the kinds of questions we ask our students. “By adding a few words to your classroom questioning vocabulary—words like design, experiment and model—a whole world of STEM learning can be opened up for students."
It's all about tweaking the lessons, activities, homework and language just enough to create an environment where STEM is a natural but effective part of the curriculum.
Step 2: Create a Village of STEM educators
As a teacher, you’re always busy innovating, finding new ways and cobbling together resources to help your students learn. But teachers shouldn’t have to carry the entire responsibility for STEM education; we need partners. And that partner can be the government as well as parents of Pakistani students. For example; recently, President Obama's administration launched the Educate to Innovate initiative.
The initiative asks communities, companies, parents and teachers to partner with schools to encourage STEM education. “Community partnerships—both with education businesses and higher education institutions,” agrees Dr. Green, “are a key factor in the success of STEM programs.”
Step 3: Integrate STEM across the curriculum
In Pakistan this seems like a complex task as there are different educations systems that exist.
Step 4: Give Pakistani children more access to technology
The "T" in STEM stands for technology, but exposure to educational technology is not enough for true STEM learning. Exposing kids to tools like computers, iPads, e-readers and apps early on is important, but it's only through guided learning that these tools become an important part of STEM education, argues Green.
“We need to take a whole-child approach to teaching children about technology,” explains Green. “Teachers can help kids make connections across various technologies to real-world concepts simply by strategic questioning and guided learning, especially if they have had access to research-based STEM education and teacher training.”
Thus, by telling your children of the importance of STEM by making them aware of its possibilities, parents are nurturing their kids to become global leaders.
I would like to end on a note by President Obama on STEM education.
“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."
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Many of our readers have trouble finding a job relating to the field of engineering because they have trouble finding companies that cater to their engineering qualifications and requirements.
It is for these precise reasons that I have created two lists of companies for my readers; The first mentions top 5 engineering companies of Pakistan.
Top Five Engineering Companies in Pakistan
As most of us are unlikely to land an engineering job in a high - tech company. Here is a list of other credible engineering companies alongside their contact information ( in the attached hyperlink). The companies are focus - centered around three cities:
That was your list for engineering companies within Pakistan. Make sure you CV is updated before emailing or contacting said companies.
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Architects & Construction
Service Contract (SC) ( First Shift (Day) )
Masters in Civil Engineering or a related field, accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council.
5 Years(5 years of experience in design, management, monitoring and oversight of small and medium scale infrastructure projects)
Aug 5, 2016
Jul 22, 2016
The FATA Recovery Project is designed to support the implementation of the FATA Return and Rehabilitation strategy - FATA Secretariat, approved and launched by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. The objective of the project is support the FATA secretariat in the recovery and rehabilitation of the returning Temporarily Dislocation Population (TDPs) through five pillars:
i) Rehabilitation of physical infrastructure
ii) Strengthening law and order
iii) Expanding government service delivery
iv) Reactivating and strengthening the economy and
v) Strengthening social cohesion and peace building. Under this project, UNDP will seek to increase public confidence in local civilian state institutions in FATA by providing rehabilitation support in target return areas according to needs, promoting community participation (particularly by women and youth) in decision making and implementation of rehabilitation activities such as community infrastructure and livelihoods activities. On the other hand, UNDP will work with the FATA Secretariat to improve the governance of the recovery process and provision of basic services to the returning population including the rehabilitation and reactivation of public infrastructure such as water systems, health units and primary schools. In terms of economic recovery, UNDP Pakistan will seek to provide training, orientation and placements to returning youth while supporting the reestablishment of the local economy through support to small and medium enterprises.Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Specialist of the FATA Recovery Project, the Infrastructure Manager will be responsible for the design, oversight and supervision of rehabilitation and reconstruction works of government and community infrastructure schemes (schools, health centres, link roads, irrigation channels, etc). The infrastructure manager will act as a liaison with the national and local authorities and the implementing partners which includes government agencies, community organizations and NGO partners’/construction firms. The incumbent will work in close coordination with other UNDP project teams, other UN agencies, government officials, technical advisors/experts, donors and civil society.
The FATA Recovery project intends to engage the services of an Infrastructure Manager, who will work under the direct supervision of Chief Technical Specialist, for managing construction and rehabilitation of irrigation channels, protection works, link roads, water supply schemes, schools, health centers. The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
1) Develop, resource and implement strategies to rehabilitate infrastructure schemes in FATA through government line departments, contractors and community organizations;
2) Establish and maintain a contract management system to track milestones, deliverables and payments to various responsible parties involved in infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction;
3) Establish and manage a robust system of monitoring and quality assurance of infrastructure rehabilitation schemes;
4) Effectively manage partnerships and coordination with and reporting to government, development partners, UN agencies and NGOs.
1. Develop, resource and implement strategies to rehabilitate infrastructure schemes in FATA through government line departments, contractors and community organisations
Develop a comprehensive strategy with implementation options, business processes and roadmaps to ensure timely, effective and high quality rehabilitation of infrastructure schemes
Develop a high level of understanding of UNDP rules and regulations related to infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction works
Establish and implement consistent standards according to the applicable rules and regulations for the identification, prioritization, appraisal, execution and quality assessment of schemes
Ensure that key criteria such as technical feasibility, social and environmental safeguards, cost-effectiveness and sustainability are built into the infrastructure rehabilitation schemes and are adequately documented
Manage and participate in technical and financial evaluation of procurement contracts, NGOs, and other partners involved in construction works
Review and ensure high quality technical drawings, cost estimates, BOQs, and other related documents are prepared for all infrastructure schemes
Establish a well-organized system for modifications to original design
Develop mitigation and contingency plans for infrastructure schemes in consultation with government authorities and implementing partners
Prepare construction schedule using CPM analysis and schedules for monthly or milestone based disbursements for infrastructure rehabilitation
2. Establish and maintain a contract management system to track milestones, deliverables and payments to various responsible parties involved in infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction
Ensure timely planning, implementation and follow-up on all technical engineering, construction and financial matters related to the infrastructure
Establish a contract management system for timely and effective tracking of milestones and payments to contractors and implementing partners
Develop operational manuals, business processes and technical guidelines for implementing partners and contractors involved in infrastructure works
Ensure that procurement strategies comply with UNDP policies and procedures and ensure that material is procured in timely manner and at competitive prices to ensure value for money
Supervise release of payments to third party contractors, community organization and government authorities subject to validation of progress achieved as envisioned in the specific work plans.
Ensure both qualitative and quantitative standards are adhered to during the construction phase through technical monitoring and verification process. This includes compliance with the approved technical drawings and designs as well as ensuring that inappropriate, forbidden or fake materials are not used
3. Establish and manage a robust system of monitoring and quality assurance of infrastructure rehabilitation schemes;
Ensure quality implementation and monitoring of technical engineering and construction matters in accordance with the terms of contractors’ bills of quantities, technical specifications and project documents.
Conduct periodic field visits to provide technical inputs to selected third party contractors and implementing NGO & Government partners to ensure quality and timely delivery according to approved specifications and work plan
Put in place a comprehensive monitoring and technical quality assurance system for infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction works
Provide periodic guidance to Implementing Partners to ensure proper technical ongoing monitoring of infrastructure schemes and build their capacity to better monitor the field construction activities.
Establish coordination channel with the Finance section for timely disbursement of funds to the construction firms as per terms of contracts and validation of agreed milestones.
4. Effectively manage partnerships and coordination with and reporting to government, development partners, UN agencies and NGOs.
Develop strategic partnerships with government counterparts, development partners, UN agencies and local NGO partners for coordinated implementation
Ensure close coordination with relevant government line departments at the executive and field levels to ensure their technical, logistic and administrative support towards infrastructure works
Hold periodic meetings with partners to resolve implementation challenges, share lessons learnt, and adapt these into mitigation and contingency plans
Prepare documentation and progress reports in accordance with the approved work plans, strategies and progress dashboards
Any other relevant task assigned by the supervisor and senior management
“UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply’’
Impact of Results
The position will have an impact on the success of the FATA Recovery Programme’s infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction component. The key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets. Effective execution of the propgramme will reduce poverty, improve lives and access to services for the citizens of FATA particularly the TDP families affected by militancy and displacement.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Display strong leadership and supervisory skills
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Will have the overall responsibility of the deliverables under the infrastructure rehabilitation component of the project and should therefore have strong team management and communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills to coordinate with the staff and construction team
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
Places team agenda before personal agenda;
Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision.
Ability to amicably resolve any disputes during the construction and provide decisions whenever required
Application of best practices;
Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to use sound judgment to ensure the effective and timely completion of complex tasks;
Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters).
Communication and Computer Skills
Communication and training (spoken and written) skills
Good computer skills
Planning and Organizing
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
Identifies priority activities and assignments;
Adjusts priorities as required;
Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
Uses time efficiently.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
Actively works towards continuing personal learning
Required Skills and Experience
Qualification & Experience
The candidate should possess a Masters in Civil Engineering or a related field, accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council.
She/he should have minimum 5 years of experience in design, management, monitoring and oversight of small and medium scale infrastructure projects. Prior experience should include rehabilitation, designing and construction of government and community infrastructure schemes such as irrigation channels, protection works, link roads, water supply schemes, schools, health centers, etc. Experience of working within the UN system, preferably in an operational UN Agency will be an added advantage.
HEC Attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP Pakistan. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to (i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or (ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply’’ (local and internal VA)
Under the umbrella of UNDP Pakistan jobs, a post for Project Engineer is vacant.
"Under the overall guidance of the Chief Technical Specialist & direct supervision of Infrastructure Coordinator of the FATA Recovery Programme, the Project Engineer will be responsible to provide technical guidance on implementation of infrastructure components of the programme, and supervise technical activities focusing on quality assurance for the full cycle of infrastructure programming from formulation to implementation of project activities."
Project Engineer Required - UNDP Pakistan Jobs
Location of Job is Peshawar.
Fluency in the English and Urdu required. Knowledge of Pashto would be an asset.
Salary: PKR 181,400.- per month.
Summary of Key Functions for "Project Engineer - UNDP Pakistan Jobs":
Provide technical guidance on implementation of infrastructure components of the programme, and supervise technical activities focusing on quality assurance for the full cycle of infrastructure programming from formulation to implementation across all districts.
Provide technical guidance for and ensure effective implementation of strategies, standards and processes relating to infrastructure components across all districts.
Coordinate and Liaise with consultant companies, contractors, technical departments related to infrastructure projects and ensure quality assurance of the work undertaken by consultant companies, contractors and IP’s
Overall monitoring of technical quality and standards in respect of infrastructure components.
Provide technical guidance on implementation of infrastructure components of the programme, and supervise technical activities focusing on quality assurance for the full cycle of infrastructure programming from formulation to implementation across all districts, focusing on achievement of the following:
Provide strategic guidance to field teams in appraising the physical, social and economic feasibility of proposed infrastructure sub-projects at the identification stage.
Review and provide feedback, where necessary, on infrastructure sub-project proposals, work plans, budgets, implementation and monitoring arrangements, etc., and approve the technical aspects of infrastructure sub-project proposals prior to submission for final approval by Programme Manager.
Review proposed mitigation measures to meet possible risks, bottlenecks and constraints during the implementation of infrastructure sub-projects, and provide feedback, where necessary.
Provide advisory services for implementation of infrastructure components of projects at the PIU and Field level, ensuring that infrastructure activities in targeted areas are implemented consistently and that field technical teams and implementing partners work effectively with established procedures on tendering, construction/rehabilitation and monitoring.
Provide early warning of infrastructure-related problems identified at the district and sub-project level, with suggestions for corrective measures to the field project Engineers.
Provide thoroughly researched infrastructure-related information for identification of areas of support and interventions, preparation of project proposals, progress reports, fact sheets, completion reports, etc
STEM has numerous graduates in Pakistan and is also one of the leading career choices that individuals make. However, since the pool of talent is ever-increasing, the government has been unable to create equal amount of opportunities to cater this resource which ultimately results in ‘brain-drain’ of talent. Engineers, scientists, mathematicians, technologists, etc. move out of Pakistan to avail lucrative opportunities abroad which gives them a fair return for their amount of hard work. This probably is the most urgent problem which requires effective policy design for STEM graduates. The current government of the country has initiated collaborative projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will make good use of our home-grown talent and there are various other opportunities like paid-internship programmes, government support for the private sector to create jobs and many more. The problem however, is these opportunities are not enough and don’t either give a fair return for the efforts of the graduates.
Another major problem is advocacy for such policies. Policy formulation and implementation, both require ardent endorsers who can gather enough support for the policy to be turned into a Bill and ultimately into an Act of law. Pakistan is a country which spends less than 4 percent of its GDP on education which includes education related to science and technology, therefore, the root of the problem is evident right from this point. This shows that the policy makers don’t have this issue on their cards and advocacy groups are unable to create a buzz about the need for policy.
STEM graduates are the need of the time. With a fast-pacing world where technological advancement gives an edge to economies and scientific research and development is an indicator of progress, Pakistan must develop and retain its resources. Although the private sector has immense opportunities for STEM graduates and there are numerous tech start-ups which are gaining attention but the government’s support is mandatory. Favourable tax policies, capital-financing schemes, employment opportunities in public corporations or government projects without quotas, etc. can bring considerable change. Apart from employment opportunities, STEM graduates need to be secured at the university-level as well. Government universities have certain provincial or gender-specific quotas defined along with competitive entrance examinations which act as a barrier for many potential “STEM-ers” to roll in. Various policies for STEM graduates, in terms of their education, employment and legislation need to be formulated, implemented and then evaluated so that it can be checked whether the policy action taken, achieved the objectives laid down in the policy statement
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