Smart devices put on
display at GCU
engineering students from different universities including Information
Technology University Lahore (ITU) put on display their self-made smart
devices, robots and innovative technologies at the Annual Projects
Exhibition (APEX 2017), organized by the Electrical Engineering Department
of Government College University Lahore.
About 21 smart devices were put on display which included a
military spying robot, power distribution system for satellite, automatic
solar irrigation system, autonomous self-balancing robot, visible light
communication system, wireless water quality monitoring system and object
positioning robotic arm with auto path-finding vehicle system.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir
Shah said these students representing different universities had worked hard
on over the past semester or two on these projects ranged from power
electronics to surveillance and embedded systems. He said that different
companies and funding agencies were also invited to APEX 2017 to witness and
fund theses student projects. The Vice Chancellor also guided the students
about the further research on their projects.
GCU Electrical Engineering Department Chairperson Dr Junaid
Zafar said knowledge was nothing without its practical implementation, and
new knowledge was created through the process of disseminating and applying
existing knowledge. He said GCU APEX did not only provide opportunities the
outgoing students to demonstrate their knowledge and technical skills to the
companies but also educate and motivate the other students to come up with
more innovative ideas and technologies. He said that around five private
universities were also participating in the APEX 2017.
GCU Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Raiz
Ahmed said that the market has become highly competitive for the engineers,
and so have to be highly innovative and technically sound to survive. He
said thousands of engineers were jobless in the country, so they were needed
to be motivated and guided towards entrepreneurship.
Later, the object positioning robotic arm developed by the
team of GCU students secured the first position and cash award at the APEX
2017. Briefing the audience, the GCU students Rana Zeeshan Ahmed and Azeem
Rasheed said that system included a servo-controlled robotic arm that
carries and places objects at the positions on the vehicles. They said that
it could be used in packaging industry, and also in operation theaters to
carry surgical equipment and act as a helper.
The military spying robot having different detection sensors
secured the second position. It was developed by the students of a private
university. The wireless control unit of induction motor was adjudicated
Conference on future prospects of clean energy in Pakistan
at a conference at the Government College University Lahore on “future
prospects of clean energy in Pakistan” laid a stress on research on
producing clean energy from indigenous resources. The one-day conference was
organised by the university Electrical Engineering Department where eminent
industrialists and energy experts presented different views about the
challenges faced by Pakistan and other under-developing countries in going
green for their energy requirements.
In his opening remarks, Engr Almas Haider, the former member
Engineering Development Board and NTDC, said energy security should be
Pakistan’s priority instead of just clean energy. “We should prefer
generating energy from our available resources whether its coal, wind or
solar instead of relying on imports,” he said.
Engr Haider, who developed the ‘Engineering Vision 2012 for
Pakistan’, said that Pakistan had been importing about $14b oil and gas
every year which was the root cause all foreign loan. He said that in case
of war Pakistan could face severe energy crisis. He said the previous
governments in Pakistan had only added oil power generation projects, and
even power generation plants had been installed away from the power
consumption centers without any planning. However, he said that, slowly
things are improving now and future would be certainly better. He said that
Pakistan had huge potential for coal power production, and now technology
for producing power from all kinds of coal was available. He said that world
over countries had been producing power from even least efficient coals.
However, Pakistan Engineering Council Chairman Engr. Jawed
Salim Qureshi believed that Pakistan was moving in opposite direction from
the world in energy sector, where smart grids were getting popular with
energy source on the rooftop of very house or building causing no
line-losses of billions of rupees and transportation cost. “Use the energy
you want, and send the excess to the national grid via smart meters. This is
what the world is planning or doing,” he said. Engr. Qureshi also said that
the sustainable energy solution for Pakistan was only in solar, wind and
hydropower mix. “We don’t need energy from any other source in the long
term,” he said, laying a stress on the government to build national
consensus on all dams including Kalabagh.
The PEC Chairman said that engineers were the only community
in Pakistan which didn’t yet get service structure. He said that there were
50,000 jobless engineers in Pakistan, and demanded the government to
announce national internship program for the engineers. He said that PEC had
made it mandatory for all CPEC projects to appoint seventy percent of the
engineers from Pakistan. “And, I assure we will get this clause
implemented,” he said.
Talking about accreditation process for universities’
engineering programs, the PEC chairman said that “it is very unfortunate for
Pakistan that education has developed as one of the most profitable
businesses here, and there are very few private institutions which are
working truly for the promotion of education.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU had been
seriously deliberating on going solar, and would soon initiate a pilot
project in this regard. He said that GCU electrical engineering program was
relatively new, but their first few batches of graduates had done very well
in the market.
Dr Nouman Zafar, Associate Professor of LUMS, said the energy
production was not the only challenge for Pakistan where there had been a
century old manmade evolving power distribution system. He also laid a
stress on using advanced technologies for real time load management and
controlling power theft. He said that solar smart grids could only become
successful in Pakistan if a group of consumers are integrated into a micro
smart grid at the community level which would reduce per consumer cost as
GCU Electrical Engineering Chairman Dr Juniad Zafar said the
electrical power distribution network in Pakistan was a complex system with
many geographical regions suffering from blackout, limited and intermittent
supply. He said that investment in mega-scale solar energy generation
projects could help mitigate these supply related problems and
counterbalance the country’s growing dependence on imported oil. GCU Dean
Faculty of Engineering Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad, Dr Syed Aun Abbas, Engr. Suleman
Najeeb, Engr. Shahid Hussain and Dr Hassa J. Zaidi also addressed the
seminar on the topics of rural grid evolution, challenges for hydropower
generation and wind as renewable energy source.