Dr. Rakesh Namdeti, UTAS-SCT Chemical Engineering Lecturer, attended and presented a study paper during the first international virtual conference on “Smart Innovation in Science and Engineering” (SISE), of which he won the Best Paper Presenter.
Dr. Namdeti, along with Engr. Arlene Joaquin, authored the research paper "Biosorption of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution Using Banana Leaves Powder: Optimization Using Response Surface Methodology (RSM)." The paper won the award for its importance to Dhofari environment, owing to the fact that bananas are widely grown in Salalah.
The said conference, which was mainly for faculty and research scholars, focused on recent advances in various engineering fields: Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Mechatronics, Civil, and Architectural Engineering. A total of 41 technical papers along those fields were submitted from different countries. Technical committees from each region selected the “Best Paper Presenter” based on originality, information organization, presentation, knowledge of materials, and relevance to the conference theme.
The SISE virtual conference was organized by the College of Engineering, Dhofar University, Salalah, on April 7-8, 2021.
In its continuing effort to equip relevant tools and knowledge in building research capacity mechanisms, the Research and Consultancy (R&C) committee of the Business Studies Department (BSD), UTAS- Salalah, organized a webinar and open forum on “Successful TRC Submissions” last April 6, 2021, via MS Teams.
The resource speaker of the webinar was Dr. Aziza Al Qamashoui, faculty at UTAS - Al Mussana. Currently, she is the University’s Deputy Research Committee Chair and the Head of Technology Transfer Office. She discussed the guidelines on the different types of research grants and the necessary steps on how to upload a research proposal in TRC-RIMS (The Research Council-Research Information Management Systems).
During the open forum, faculty members manifested their eagerness and interest to learn more about TRC, and all their queries and concerns were clearly explained by Dr. Aziza.
Staff members across all departments of UTAS-Salalah attended the said webinar, including the Head of BSD Dr. Abdullah Al Ghazali, who supports in enabling a research culture in this University.
According to the R & C committee of BSD, future webinars and collaborations related to research are in the pipeline to support the University’s mission to provide a high quality learning, training, and research environment.
Civil Engineering students and staff of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah attended a webinar on the different ways of mitigating the environmental impact of construction through sustainable design and construction via MS Teams.
The speaker, ENGR. GIL CRUZ, from Bataan Peninsula State University-Philippines, emphasized the role of civil engineers in construction using sustainable materials and sustainable methods of construction for environmental sustainability. In addition, the participants gained a deeper understanding about global warming, climate change, and renewable sources of energy.
The webinar was initiated by the CERE 2201 - Renewable Energy in Construction classes under Engr. Anna May Tayo, in coordination with the Engineering Student Development Committee under the leadership of Ar. Arwa Al Ghassani.
The Student Development (SD) committee, chaired by Archt. Arwa Al Ghassani, conducted a webinar for students on their roles and challenges in the field of Civil Engineering via MS Teams.
The speaker was Engr. Salim Al Harrasi, hailed as a seasoned engineer for having been in- charge of numerous projects in various sectors across the Sultanate of Oman. He discussed important points on how to be a successful engineer, essential leadership skills that will lead a project engineer to success, ways to overcome challenges in the workplace, and tips to plan a career for better future.
According to the student participants, the webinar was enriching and interesting and they liked that the speaker was an Omani who greatly challenged them to aim for success.
Aimed at updating IT staff on Oracle technologies, an online training on Rapid Application Development Using Oracle Apex 20.2c was organized by the Database Specialization (DB) Section, headed by Mr. G. Baskar, on the 23rd of March, 2021.
Mr. Hansel Delos Santos, a senior database lecturer and an Oracle APEX certified professional, shared his knowledge on the features and capabilities of this software. He demonstrated a simple functional system using the Oracle Apex 20.2c, which made the participants realize on how easy and fast it is to develop applications using this technology.
The participants likewise learned that it is possible to develop their own application when they are equipped with the basic understanding on database systems, entity relationships, structured query languages, and most especially using an Oracle account and workspace. The said platform is being used by the DB Specialization BTech Course Project students.
The program facilitators were Dr. Chandrapal, Mr. Suresh Kumar, and Mr. Azeem Qureshi. A total of 45 participants from the IT Department of UTAS-Salalah and other staff from different departments and colleges gave positive feedback and received their e-certificates after the training.
Meanwhile, the online training was conducted as a part of the Professional Development Programs for the IT staff in coordination with the IT-HR Committee.
The Student Development (SD) committee and On-the-Job Training program of the Business Studies Department organized a webinar on “Prohibited Matters in Business in Islam and Ethical Practices in Organizations” via MS teams on March 16, 2021 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. to equip students with insights on different ethical practices in the business environment.
The resource speaker was Mr. Mughees Shaukhat, Islamic financial strategist, policy advisor, Fintech Specialist, and Chairman of Fingel Global Inc., Canada. He highlighted the means to earn legitimate income and how to manage the natural risks during the process of doing business.
In addition, the speaker emphasized that the rule of law, well- defined property rights and a high degree of trust, efficient contract enforcement, and good governance are the main principles that govern economic behavior of an individual and society. He concluded his lecture by explaining the difference between Riba and Ribh, transformational leadership and the challenges that need confrontation, ethical practices, and organizational behavior.
The session was attended by students taking up Business Ethics as a common course, Staff, and SD committee members.
The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a Faculty Development Programme on the topic “Implementing Research-Teaching Nexus in the Curriculum of Higher Education'' last March 18, 2021.
The programme was conducted with the support of the On-the-Job Training program and the Industrial Link Committee. Dr. Anand was the facilitator for the programme. He is the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Department, College of Banking and Financial Studies in Muscat.
During the session, the facilitator presented comprehensive data on connecting research with teaching. The session discussed essential aspects with of knowledge and subsequently the transfer of knowledge with students, transferring them as per the expectations of corporations. He elucidated on aspects considered for linking research with academics. He asserted that research oriented universities and institutions integrate research into teaching/learning while promoting research culture within the campus. This holistic approach helps students in acquiring employability skills.
Various models explaining the need to connect research and teaching were likewise discussed during the session. All models reviewed during the session primarily focused on providing applied knowledge by the academicians to the students through research by emphasizing prerequisites industries need from prospective employees applied knowledge, not mere conceptual understanding.
The programme was participative and lively as evidenced with the attendees’ thorough contributed thoughts and ideas during the questioning session. While attending the programme, the participants disclosed that they grasped the significance of integrating research into teaching-learning activities.
To provide senior project students with relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements, the Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Business Studies Department organized a session on “Report Writing via MS Teams on March 16, 2021, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. Abdulnazar N, the resource speaker and a lecturer of the said department, highlighted the general contents of a research report that includes the Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Findings and Discussions, and the Conclusions and Recommendations. He explained to the students the basic rules and procedures on how to write clearly and effectively the contents of the report.
The session was well-attended by all project students along with their supervisors, and the members of the R&C Committee.
The Information Systems Specialization of the IT Department fluently initiated and organized the 4th day of the “IT Festival 2021” on March 10, 2021, from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. The IS Virtual Career Day was filled with remarkable words, brimming knowledge, and practical guides from the superb motivational speakers who are experts in HR, personality, and professional development. The IS student representative confidently presented the Specialization Induction. The Talent Hunt, Logo, and Web Designing competitions were conducted to unleash the technical skills of the students. The presence of Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs of the UTAS-Salalah, and his welcome remarks added more meaning and color to the event.
The Student Progress Committee of the Business Studies Department has organized “Induction Programme for New Intake Students of BSD”. The online session on MS Teams was held from 02nd March, 2021 to 8th March, 2021 during the ‘Introduction to Business’ Classes. The Resource Speaker was Mr. Hatem Suwailam, HOS, HRM Section, Business Studies Department, UTAS-Salalah.
During the session, the facilitator explained the following: Programs and specialization offered by the Business Studies Department, Eligibility criteria to move to a higher level, Familiarize the students regarding Degree audit, Details of Assessment Methods followed by the University, Grading system and GPA calculation, Rules related to Academic Probation and also given clear information on different ways to clear probationary status, General rules and guidelines, Rules related to Examination, Usage of University website and also information on Business club.
The session was very helpful, interactive and informative for the participants to clarify their doubts regarding the basic academic requirements.
The “IT Festival 2021” of the IT Department marked its 3rd day with spectacular success through the dynamism of the members of the Database Systems Specialization on March 9, 2021, from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Fabulous activities lined up were well fully participated by the students as coordinators and participants of the event. Competitions on Database Design, Mini Software Development, and SQL BuZz (Quiz Bee) transpired along with the specialization induction and inspiring talks delivered by selected students and graduates of the said specialization.
The Networking and Information Security section of the IT Department has successfully conducted different competitions in networking, IoT problem scenarios, and interactive quiz bringing a competitive spirit among the students during the third day of the IT Festival held on March 9, 2021, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Further, the students were enthusiastically driven by the inspiring and exceptional words of the selected Alumni as guest speakers from the Networking and Internet Security specializations on the latest technology and their success stories. Best projects were presented also by selected students. Their sharing commendably moved the students to pursue their best and strike all opportunities while still studying as these would be their tools for their future success.
The second day of the IT festival of the IT department held on March 8, 2021, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. was filled with activities that focused on showcasing the knowledge and skills of the IT students through programming, web design, and online quiz competitions. The IT specialization induction also made the program more interesting and meaningful. The event was successfully organized by the IT section.
Organized by the SDC and IT Club, the IT festival of the IT Department was successfully inaugurated. It was graced by representatives from the industry, university staff, and IT alumni who gave keynote speeches and inspiring talks to staff and students who showed full support on the event.