The NED University of Engineering and Technology

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The Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw University of Engineering and Technology (NED University) is a public university in Karachi, Pakistan. It was founded in 1922 as an engineering college, making it the oldest school in Pakistan for educating graduate engineers. In 1924, the Prince of Wales Engineering College was renamed to Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw University in the name of famous Parsi Businessman and owner of many factories at that time by his sons.
 

Faculties and departments

The university offers graduate and post-graduate degrees in engineering disciplines. It has seven main faculties:
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical and Material Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty of Information Sciences and Humanities
  • Bio-Medical Engineering Department

History

 
The NED University of Engineering & Technology, was established in March 1977 under an act of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh after upgrading of the former NED Government Engineering College, which was set up in 1922. The NED University is thus one of the oldest institution in Pakistan for teaching and producing Engineering graduates. Prior to this, the D.J.Sindh College , used to run classes to train subordinates for the Sindh P.W.D., the Municipalities and Local Boards.On August 29, 1921 College Principal C.S Shahani made a concerted effort to get Engineering Degree classes started to meet demands of Civil Engineers on the project for completion of the Sukkur Barrage. Application to this effect was made to the University of Bombay through the Commissioner of Sindh, who was ex-officio president of Sindh Collegiate Association (a registered society of subscribers for providing higher education in Sindh). The Bombay University however rejected the application on the grounds of insufficient finance and insisted on entirely separate buildings, laboratories for the engineering college as a separate institution.
After collection of donations from the Puribai and Becharbai Trust, Vishandas Fatehchand Brothers and one huge donation (for that time) of Rs.150,000 from Mr. Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw, the new college buildings and laboratories were constructed on separate land. The new college was originally the Prince of Wales Engineering College but later renamed in memory of Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw. The NED College was provisionally granted affiliation on 23-05-1923 by the University of Bombay for the first and second year courses in Civil Engineering and 78 students were provisionally admitted into first year classes in 1922. Permanent affiliation followed in February 1927.The first-full time Principal of NED Engineering College was Mr. G.N.Gokhale who joined on 1st July 1923. Prior to this, Rai Sahib Bhupatrai had acted as Honorary Principal. The first professor (and Vice Principal) was Mr. S.B. Jannarkar who, along with Mr. Gokhale, did all the spadework in organizing and equipping the various departments and ordering the equipment for the Power House, Boiler Room, Hydraulics Laboratory, Engine Room and Machine Shops.The original NED Engineering College was housed in four blocks of buildings and two sheds. The main block was named as Seth Fatehchand Dewandas Khilnani Hall. The block housing the Power House, Electrical and Hydraulics Laboratories, and Workshops was named after Bai Puribai and Bacharbai.
Further additions were made to this block to provide accommodation for the Machine Shop on the ground floor and a (Mechanical) Drawing Hall on the first floor. The fourth block, completed in 1945, contained a Classroom and Clerk’s Office on the ground floor and another (Civil) Drawing Hall on the first floor. Two sheds were also built, one to house the Carpentry and Smithy Shops, and the other, alongside the Electrical Laboratory and Engine Room, to train technicians. The total cost of the buildings was just over Rs. 265,000 and the cost of equipment (including machinery, electrical instruments; models, steam, gas and oil engines; surveying and leveling instruments), books and furniture was just under Rs. 400,000. The college remained affiliated to the University of Bombay from its inception in 1922 to 1947, after which it was taken over by the Government of Sindh; renamed as NED Government Engineering College and affiliated to the University of Sindh.
After establishment of the University of Karachi in 1951, the affiliation of the College was transferred to this University. In 1964 a comprehensive plan was prepared to shift the college from its location in the congested downtown area (where no expansion was possible) to a new site adjoining the University of Karachi. The project was carried out with the assistance of the World Bank which provided Rs.118 millions in two phases and the College was shifted to its new 40 hectare Main Campus in 1975. On the 1st of March, 1977 the NED Government Engineering College became the NED University of Engineering and Technology. From an enrolment of 50 students in 1923, the student population, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, has now gone up to nearly 7000. The faculty of Bio-Medical Engineering is located at NED LEJ Campus for which the land and building - estimated value Rs. 350 million - was donated by (Late) Latif Ebrahim Jamal, a well known philanthropist. The first Vice Chancellor of the University was Mr. A. M. Akhoond who was succeeded in sequential order by Prof. Dr. A. T. Khan, Prof. Dr. Jameel Ahmed Khan, Prof. Dr. M. Munir Hasan and Prof. Dr. A. Q. Qazi. Engr. Abul Kalam, is the present Vice Chancellor, whose tenure as VC began in year 1996.
The University has seen an unprecedented growth in all areas - buildings, laboratories, etc. The number of undergraduate disciplines have gone from 4 to 22

Facilities

 
The main campus at present has adequate teaching and laboratory facilities for undergraduate programs leading to the degree of the Bachelor of Engineering in various disciplines viz. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer & Information Systems and Textile Engineering under the Faculty of Engineering. It also offers Master of Science Degree in Computer Science to graduates in Engineering as well as in the relevant sciences.
The Central Library with over 95,000 books, one auditorium of 600 seating capacity , one Hostel for 200 students, Medical Centre, Mosque, Student Cafeterias, Gymnasium and some outdoor sports facilities are some of the facilities available in the new campus.
The NED University has also its own internet facility along with its own internal Network so that all students can access it from their own departments. The University intends holding online Courses in collaboration with other Universities both local and foreign. These courses could be on subjects in which required expertise is not available . Interactive desktop video conferencing for discussions on research topics can also be one of the possible future developments.
By developing Systems integrating all essential functions of an information network, NEDNIC (NED Network Information System) can be the catalyst for the next generation infrastructure for Engineering, Communications, Science and Research which could have far-reaching effects on the lifestyle and livelihoods of students, faculty, and staff of this institution

NED Academy

 
To provide cheap educational and professional in training to existing professionals, NED University established NED Academy.[1] The academy has two sections:
  • Centre for Continuing Engineering Education (CCEE),
  • Centre for Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Programmes (CMPP).

CCEE

CCEE offers courses for Engineering, Information Technology, Management and Conversion Programs. Short and long duration courses are offered in these subjects.

Industrial liaison

The Directorate of Industrial Liaison works to securing internship and job opportunities for NED students and graduates. Almost all students get the opportunity of doing an industrial internship in their summer and winter breaks during their third year of undergraduate studies.

Research

Although the main focus of the university had been on its teaching programs, the university has started M.Eng. by Research and PhD programs. The university publishes a research journal – NED University Journal of Research.[2]

Scholarships

The university offers Need cum Merit scholarships, and distinguished student scholarships for students securing top three positions in class.[3] Most of these are provided by private foundations, NGOs, and Alumni.

Admission criteria

Like other professional institutes, NED administers an entrance test of 100 multiple choice questions in four sections. The passing cutoff is 50%, however the marks obtained in the test have no effect on the field of engineering the student is admitted to study. One major issue is the test for color blinded people. Disciplines like electrical engineer or electronics engineering are not offered to them. However they can choose other fields that are available to colorblind people e.g. Civil Engineering.

Affiliated Colleges

Institute of Industrial Electronics Engg. (IIEE) Government College of Technology(GCT) (PAF-IAT)PAF Base, Korangi Creek, Karachi PCSIR Pak swiss Training Centre Karachi Tools, Dies & Moulds Centre

Notable alumni

Events

The University also hosts events such as Musical events, Sports Events and IT events. Its famous IT event of Pakistan is ITEC (Information Technology Exhibition & Competition), it is an annual mega IT event organised by the students of university's Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. It is an all Pakistan competition with the participation of almost all the major universities, sending their skilled students with IT niche.[7]
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