On the Job Training induction was conducted at the Information Technology Department on 28/09/2017 from 12:30 PM onwards at IT – 7L for the I.T students who are taking OJT this semester I, Ay 2017-18. Mr. Mahad Hardan, Head of OJT Department welcomed the students and addressed the importance of On the Job Training. He also explained how this training would benefit them in their future career. Mr. K. Subramanian, On the Job Training Coordinator for Information Technology department explained about the OJT handbook and its importance in the training. Mr. Mahad thanked all students who participated in the training.
Students of Information Technology Department had a Visit to Dhofar Beverages on 05/10/2017 which was arranged through the On the Job Training Department and Industrial Link Committee. Mr. Adnan Shanfari, IT Manager of Dhofar Beverages, welcomed the students and explained the ERP Implementation to them. Mr. Rezwan explained about the process of the water plant and how IT is used at various places to check, monitor and update the inventory and other details. Visit to the production plant was also arranged where the students saw the system in implementation. The students found the visit very useful.
The Business Studies Department organized awareness programs on ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘Risk Management’ activities for its staff on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12.00 pm in Room BUSS-14C as a part of Policy awareness programs. These programs were organized by Dr. T. Srinivas Prasad, Dept. QA Coordinator with the cooperation of Department Health and Safety Committee and Department Risk Management Coordinator. Mr. Arnelito Junio, Department Risk Management Coordinator and Mr. Armando Bernando, Member of Department Health and safety Committee were the presenters of these awareness programs.
Mr. Arnelito Junio, in his presentation on Risk Management, spoke about various issues relating to Risk management such as Risk identification, Risk analysis, Risk Evaluation, Risk Treatment and Risk Monitoring. He also explained about the preparation and maintenance of Risk Register and the procedure for identification of various risks by taking some examples of the risks that were identified by the Department during the last academic year and the possible solutions to mitigate those identified risks. Further, he requested the staff to extend their cooperation in identification of risks for the current academic year along with their possible solutions by filling up a format which will be sent to the staff very shortly. The participants were actively involved in the discussion and gave their inputs. It was followed by a presentation of Mr. Armando Bernando, who enlightened the audience on the policies and practices regarding health and safety.
Mr. Armando’s presentation was focused on Health and safety Rules and safety work practices related to Standard Operating Procedures of our college. He discussed various Safety issues like different types of fires and burns, bleeding, electrical hazards, first aid basics and evacuation procedures in the event of fire. He exhibited some of the hazardous areas identified and reported to the concerned authorities during the last academic year and also explained the method of using of Fire Extinguisher by giving a demonstration. The programs were very interactive and a good number of staff members attended these programs. Feedback was collected from the participants at the end of these programs.
Student Development Committee (SDC) of Information Technology department organized the first “IT Student Club” meeting for the Academic Year 2017-18 on Tuesday,12th October, at 12 noon in the IT Building (IT-11C). The meeting was inaugurated by Er. Nesaian Reginal Wilfred, Chairman of SDC, who greeted the “IT Student Club” members and explained the objectives and need of the “IT Student Club”. SDC members Dr. Fatima Abdullah Said Al-Shanfari and Ms. Marian A. Malig-on motivated the students to involve in the club for personality development and professional growth of IT students. Furthermore, student members discussed plans to host various student development seminars, workshops and programs for this Academic Year. Discussions to initiate “IT Help Center” for developing the skills of slow learners also took place. The office bearers of “IT Student Club” were selected as given below.
President – Mr. Yousuf Anwar Sulaiman Al Sandi
Secretary – Ms. Manal Ali Momen Al Mashali
Media Committee Convener – Mr. Talal Salim Mabrook Al Baraka
Public Relations (Male) – Mr. Darib Surur Al Asakari
Public Relations (Female) – Ms. Manal Mohammed Kashoob
Mr. Viji Paul, HOD,IT department, who is also the core advisor of “IT Student Club”, participated in the meeting and encouraged the students to initiate events in the department. He greeted the “IT Student Club” leaders and selected office bearers and assured to extend his full support for the “IT Student Club” initiatives. A good number of IT students participated in this meeting.
Database Section, Department of Information Technology, conducted a workshop on ‘Skill Enhancement for Project Students’ on Tuesday, 26th September, 2017 . This workshop aimed at imparting and re-enforcing the skills like Project Proposal, Project Management, Data Base Design and Modeling. It has been of immense benefit to students currently pursuing their Course Project. The workshop was conducted under the leadership of Mr. Baskar, HOS, Database Section, by Mr. Azeem, Mr. Kashif, Mr. Ateeq and Dr. Chandra Paul.
The English Language Center conducted an In-house Induction Program in SAC for its new intake students on 27th of September 2017. This program was presented by Mrs. Nawal Al Jameel, Coordinator of level 1, and Mr. Ali Hubais, Lecturer in ELC. A Power Point Presentation was included and illustrated the college rules, ELC vision, mission, values and administration, new assessment, skills and Curricula. Mrs. Nawal Al Jameel explained them clearly.
The students were also informed about the ELC services such as the Self Access Center, Learning Support Center, Math Help Center and the English Forum. Later on, Mr. Ali Hubais took a part in the induction sessions and gave a presentation on “Things I wish I had known before entering college". It was an attempt to clarify the mysterious thoughts with the new intake students by answering ten common questions can be asked by them. At the end, the new intake students were given the time to ask questions and the presenters were very willing to answer. Finally, they were given some clues to improve their English Language. In addition, a questionnaire will be provided Online for the students to complete during their Lab classes to get their feedback on the induction sessions.
In its continuing pursuit of ensuring continuous assistance and support to the achievement of academic excellence in the Colleges of Technology, the Board of Trustees of the Ministry of Manpower headed by Her Excellency, the Undersecretary, together with the Heads of the different Private Sectors, visited Salalah College of Technology on Monday, September 18, 2017.
The visit included a general review of the academic programs and curricula of the College, including an actual inspection and assessment of the different College facilities. It also provided the visitors a snapshot of the student projects of the different academic departments. The successful visit concluded with relevant suggestions and recommendations for SCT’s overall improvement.
Having rendered two decades of selfless and dedicated service to the English Language Center, two most senior ELC staff of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) were awarded with plaques of recognition by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of ELC on 12th July 2017.
Mr. Falah Mustafa Abdullah Al-Qudah and Mr. Samir Salem Mustafa Al-Khatib, English lecturers under the Ministry of Manpower, retired from service at the end of Academic Year 2016-2017.
Both lecturers who hail from Jordan had shown excellence in their hard work towards the delivery of quality education to the students. The Center also commended them for translations of college circulars, memorandums, and other pertinent documents from Arabic to English.
Mr. Al-Mashiki expressed his heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to the retirees in their future endeavours.
IT Department and its Publication Committee is glad to release IT Newsletter of this academic year named “IT LINK 2016-2017” (Volume: 6). This Newsletter holds 54 academic news of 31 pages which describes the activities of the department. The Newsletter was formally released by Mr. Viji Paul, HOD of IT Department during 6th July 2017, in a departmental teachers gathering held at Muscat International Hotel, Salalah. The first copy was received by Mr. Mohammed Shraideh, Lecturer of IT. Now the updated online version is available in the college website under IT->Publications http://www.sct.edu.om/web/index.php/publications Earlier volumes are also available in the same link. The coordinator of IT Publication Committee Mr. Nesaian Reginal Wilfred has done the editing task. IT Student Mr. Monther Masan have designed the cover page of the newsletter. The soft copy of the exisitng volumes of the newsletter and current volume of the newsletter are available online in SCT college website under IT department-Publications page. The Publication committee shows hearty gratitude to HOD Mr. Viji Paul and HOS’s of the department Dr. Abhishek Dubey, Dr. Mallika Natarajan, Mr. Zahid Mehmood, Mr. Baskar and Mr. Jonathan Tambaoan, for their motivation and support in preparing this newsletter. IT department and its publication committee sincerely thank the Dean and Assitiant Deans for the inspirations.
The Business Studies Department, thru the collaborative efforts of Curriculum Review and Development Committee chaired by Dr. Myrna M. Barnachea, Dept. QA Coordinator-Dr. Srinivas Prasad, College Industrial Link Committee Representative-Mr. Hatem Suwailam, and Dept. OJT Coordinator-Dr. Amit Sharma, organized a Curriculum Review meeting-cum-interactive session with invited industry experts on 30th May, 2017 at Career Guidance Center of the College attended by the Dept. Council and academic Staff. This session is aimed to bridge the gap between academics and industry and equip our graduates with various skills required to meet the needs and demands of the industry by revising our curriculum based on the industry feedback.
At the outset, Dr. Alya Al Nasseri, Head of Business Studies Department, welcomed the distinguished industry experts and the staff for the interactive session and emphasized the importance of industry feedback in curriculum review process as it enables the Department to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of programs as per the industry requirements/standards. Further, she expressed that this session would help the Department to obtain first-hand information on Industry expectations from the graduates relating to various career opportunities and identify the skills that the graduates need to improve. Thereafter, presentations on College Graduate Attributes, Specialization programs and Industry Feedback questionnaires were made by Dept. QA Coordinator, Head of Sections and CRDC Chairperson respectively.
Five (5) industry experts from different companies attended this Curriculum Review meeting and shared their insights and expectations from the fresh graduates in terms of skills and attributes; then actively participated in the discussion of the interactive session. Here’s to highlight few excerpts of their insights and expectations:
“How do you measure the success of students in terms of graduate attribute attainment? Employability of graduates is an indicator of success. If more graduates remain unemployed, it indicates that some improvement in the quality of graduates is required. Computer skills are vital now. Academic institutions should take care of imparting these skills.” - Mr Mohammed Al Mashini, General Manager-Corporate Affrairs of Salalah Port.
“During the last 20 years of my recruiting experience in Oman, I have witnessed more improvement in the skills of Omani youngsters. Thanks to the contribution of educational institutions. But, the expectations of youngsters are very high. They should be balanced and learn to appreciate working in teams. Teachers should play a role in enhancing this attribute of students. Personality development is more important for the success of students. There is a gap in performance appraisal of the students. It must be enhanced to international standards.” - Mr. Ashwani Jhamb, Board Secretary of Salalah Port.
“How do you measure whether the entire curriculum is covered? Knowledge is transferred to the students and they demonstrate their skills in their job in industry. 85% of job promotions are based on employees’ attitude and only 15% are based on facts, figures and employees’ intelligence. Educational institution has to work on changing the students’ attitude and build them to take responsibility and be committed. We should enhance their communication skills, level of commitment, leadership ability and willingness to take responsibility. With right attitude, the graduates will be hot cakes not only in Dhofar Region but also in entire Oman and even outside Oman.” – Mr. Cyril Samuel, Principal Consultant, Al Mustaqil Management Consultancy.
“Every field will be automated in future. We are looking for students who understand and work in such automated system. Information technology makes jobs very easy. Hence, focus is required on improving IT skills and Communication skills.” - Mr. Shirish Jawalkar, HR Officer of Dhofar Cattle Feed.
“There is a gap in the expectation of the graduates and the reality in terms of job compensation and benefits. Most of the time 90% of knowledge gained in academic institutions is not used in the work place. Hence, academic institutions should give due importance for imparting soft skills, negotiation skills and time management skills to the students. Further, the art of understanding reports, like financial statements, is more important in the current situation than the science of preparing them.” – Mr. Sanjeev Singh, Head of Salalah Unit Wholesale Banking, Bank Dhofar.
At the end of the session, Dr. Alya Al Nasseri, HoD-Business, presented vote of thanks and especially thanked the guests from industry for devoting their precious time and sharing their thoughts, feedback and expectations from the fresh graduates. And the program was concluded by honoring the guests with plaque of appreciation by Dr. Alya.
IT Department students from Networking Specialization successfully completed Round 2 of CISCO Net Riders Skills Competition. Four Students from Salalah College of Technology attended the 2nd round of the Cisco NetRiders Student Skills Competition in the Dhofar Region held last 15th of June 2017 in Hardware Laboratory of IT Building - Salalah College of Technology. The students were participated in CCNA National Level Round 2. This Middle East countries level competition was successfully completed under the guidance of Mr. Viji Paul, Head of Information Technology Department and with the supervision of the SCT - Cisco Academy Instructors. Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Event Coordinator of NIES Section has executed the necessary arrangements for this contest.
احتفلت الكلية التقنية بصلالة بتكريم المجيدين أكاديميا وبالمتميزين في مجالي الأنشطة المنهجية واللامنهجية للعام الدراسي 2016/2017 حيث تم تكريم ( ٢٠٧ ) طالبا وطالبة في مجال التميز الأكاديمي وعدد ( ١٣٩ ) طالبا وطالبة في مجال التميز في الأنشطة المنهجية واللامنهجية وذلك تحت رعاية الدكتور حمدان بن محمد المنذري عميد الكلية التقنية بصلالة وبحضور أعضاء الهيئتين الإدارية والأكاديمية وطلاب الكلية.
وفي هذا الإطار يقول الدكتور حمدان بن محمد المنذري عميد الكلية التقنية بصلالة: إن الكلية التقنية بصلالة تحرص على مبدأ التحفيز والتشجيع للطلبة والطالبات مشيرا إلى أن التحصيل العلمي يأتي ضمن أولوياتها لدفع الطلاب نحو المثابرة والاجتهاد في التحصيل الدراسي.
من جانبها قالت الدكتورة أمل بنت أحمد أجهام الشحري مساعدة العميد لشؤون الطلاب : إن الأنشطة اللامنهجية بالكلية جزء لا يتجزأ من العملية الأكاديمية وهي وسيلة ناجعة ومتفقة مع النظام التعليمي الحديث المتمثل في التعليم من خلال ممارسة الطلبة للأنشطة اللامنهجية والتي تتجسد في تنفيذ برامج ومناشط مختلفة تتناسب مع ميولهم وقدراتهم.
وأضافة كذلك : احتفالنا بالمجيدين والمجيدات إيمانا من الكلية التقنية بصلالة بمبدأ التحفيز والتشجيع لمزيد من البذل والعطاء من أجل غد مشرق لأبناء عمان الأوفياء في مختلف ميادين البناء.. ويسرنا في هذا اليوم البهيج أن نتقدم بالشكر لشركة ريسوت للأسمنت على رعايتها ودعمها المتواصل لأنشطة وفعاليات الكلية، فشكرا من الأعماق لهذا الدعم السخي والمتواصل من قبل شركة ريسوت للأسمنت
According to John C. Maxwell “A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”. The Student IT Leaders of the Student IT Club of the IT Department exemplified this when they successfully organized and conducted two competitions for students namely: “POSTER DESIGNING COMPETITION” and “SQL SKILLS COMPETITION” last June 6, 2017 held at IT Building of Salalah College of Technology.
The “Poster Design Competition” was organized under the leadership of IT Leader Yousuf bin Anwar Sulaiman Al Sandi where students competed on creativity and originality in designing on-the-spot an invitational poster with the theme “World Telecommunication and Information Day”. The competition was participated by a total of 25 students coming from the different levels of Information Technology and Engineering Department. The two-hour competition exhibited the design skills of the students using Photoshop and Illustrator. With their competitive skills the judges faced a very challenging task in determining the winners.
The winners of the competition are as follows:
Another competition conducted was the “SQL Skills Competition” initiated and organized by one of the IT Leaders, Monther Bakhit Ham Masan and was participated by 14 students from Information Technology and Information Systems from Advance Diploma and Bachelor Level. The students were grouped into a team of two members and lasted two hours where the teams competed in creating and executing professional and industry standard SQL statements using Oracle.
The winners of the competition are as follows:
1st place: Mohammed Abdullah Salem Al.Marhoon and Mohammed Ali Salim Al-Ibrahim
2nd place: Bader Ahmed Said Al-Shanfari and Mazin Said Khadeem Bait Obidon
3rd place: Ahmed Salim Ahmed Al-Ghassani and Said Mohamed Hussain Al Amoudi
The winners and participants were honoured and awarded by the Dean of the College-Dr. Hamdan Al Manzari , and were assisted by the Head of Student Affairs Department-Dr. Amal Al Shahri , Assistant Dean for Financial Affairs-Mr. Ammar Al Shanfari and Head of IT Department-Mr. Viji Paul.
The competitions will not be successful without the cooperation of the other IT Leaders, Ghalyah Qahtan Said Khuwar and RAWABI SUHAIL AZEM AL AMRIA as well the motivation and guidance of Mrs. Jasmin Tumulak Estudillo, Student Development Committee Chairperson of IT Department and committee member, Mrs. Marian Malig-on.