A pool of staff members from Higher College of Technology (HCT) headed by Dr. Huda Salim Al Shuaily, Head of IT Department, visited the Salalah College of Technology (SCT) on December 12, 2019. The purpose of the visit mainly is to monitor all the B. Tech level specializations offered in the IT Department and to make an analysis of the proposals to offer new specializations namely: Information Security (ISec) Specialization in B. Tech level and Software Engineering (SE) Specialization in Advance Diploma level.
The IT Department warmly welcomed the HCT team in the IT building led by Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, Head of IT Department with the presence of the respective Head of Sections (HOSs)and Specializations, Mr. G. Baskar, HOS-Database, Mr. Jonathan Peter Glycer Tambaoan, HOS-NIES, Dr. Abhishek Dubey, HOS-Information Systems, and Mr. Zahid Mehmood, HOS-Information Technology. After the formal introduction, the team went to some of the final examination rooms to get feedback from the students.
Afterwards, all proceeded to the BSIT building. A brief deliberation transpired at the staff common room regarding the B. Tech level specializations and the existing resources of the department. Then, the core of the visit immediately followed. The team divided themselves into four groups with the corresponding HOS assigned to assist for the actual and comprehensive inspection for each specialization. The group composition is as follows:
Group 2: Mr. G. Baskar
Group 3: Dr. Abhishek Dubey
Group 4: Mr. Zahid Mehmood
During the inspection, the team member for each group thoroughly reviewed the course delivery and assessment plans of all B. Tech level courses through explicit dialogue with the respective HOS. Moreover, the course coordinator for each course was interviewed to provide further relevant details on the courses.
Overall, the visit resulted in productive information sharing between HCT and SCT to have a common course delivery and assessment in all specializations of the IT Department. Moreover, it was a great venue to improve and update the current practices on both sides to better achieve the course outcomes.
The IT Department is hopeful that a visit report will be sent by the team with the strong optimism on the approval to offer both Information Security (ISec) Specialization in B. Tech level and Software Engineering (SE) Specialization in Advance Diploma level since the department has met the minimum requirements on student strengths and resources availability in particular.
The IT Department expresses its gratitude to the HCT team for the fruitful experience and constructive feedback. Moreover, the department would like to acknowledge the college management for their constant support and arrangement for the team’s visit, and the ETC for the technical support. Above all, heartfelt thanks to all the HOSs and section staff members for their hard work, unwavering support and cooperation.
Students from IT and Database sections of Information Technology (IT) Department had a visit at Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) on 11th November 2019 from 10:00-1:30 p.m. It was organized by the On Job Training (OJT) and Industrial Link Committee chaired by Dr. Ujjwal Agarwal, OJT members: Mr. Wasim Haidar and Mr. Mohammed Atheeq with the support of Mr. Zahid Mahmood, Head of IT section and Mr. G. Baskar, Head of Database section.
Students were very grateful of the experience joined by the two lecturers of the department, Mr. Hansel Delos and Mr. Muni Balaji. During the said visit, Mr. Mohammed Suhail Musallem Gedad, Head of Maintenance Section of Meteorological Devices, PACA welcomed the students. He explained the different processes and working procedures of metrological department in PACA. After, Mr. Abdullah Said Salim Alansi, explained briefly the real execution of Database and Networking structures and also showed the Server room of the IT department. The students then went inside the Metrological Department and Airport tower to see the actual operation. Moreover, Mr. Abdullah Alansi shared his knowledge to the students about the work culture and his practical experience.
This industrial visit gives a real time and practical exposure to IT students, which help them understand the concepts and applications of Database and IT software in the industry.
As a part of the “ICPC 2019” (International Collegiate Programming Contest), the “OCPC -2019” (Oman Collegiate Programming Contest) was held on 13th and 14th October, 2019 at Grand Hall, Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. A total of 152 students (36 teams) from 23 universities participated in this prestigious two-day competition. On behalf of Salalah College of Technology (SCT), three students namely: Mr. Tamam Rajab Said Bait Brakah, Mr. Abdul Rahman Naif Mohammed Al Yafii, and Mr. Said Mahad Suhail Al-Maashani from Information Technology Department participated as members of the SCT-IT team.
The first day of the event started with inductions, trainings, 4 hours practice session, and an excursion to Opera House, Muscat. The second day of the event started with the 5 hours core contest and ended with the valedictory ceremony. SCT-IT team acquired great experience and training to develop their programming skills prime for the IT industry jobs. The sponsor of the event assured the student participants would get job opportunities by attending the interviews that will be conducted in the future.
The team supervisor was Dr. Wilfred Blessing N.R, Lecturer of the Information Systems (IS) section. He was selected also as Board Member of the OCPC. Mr. Suresh Kumar P., Lecturer of the Math section was the team’s special trainer whom trained the students in problem solving, logical thinking and reasoning prior to the competition. The participants thank the coaches for the necessary training and support. They also extend their gratitude to Dr. Anwar Al Ismaili, College Dean, Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, Head of IT Department, and Dr. Abhishek Dubey, Head of IS Section for the motivation, support and facilities.
The Information Technology department headed by Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, conducted an awareness program regarding “Research, Innovation and Consultancy Activities” for the academic year 2019-2020. The awareness program was conducted during the department staff meeting held on September 24, 2019 at 12:00 noon in IT- 12C (IT Bldg.).
During the meeting, Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari emphasized the importance of innovative projects and research activities. Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Chair of Research and Consultancy Committee & TRC Academic Focal Point, delivered the presentation during the program. He discussed about the importance of research activities, innovative projects, R & C forms and procedures, and consultancy work activities in the department.
Moreover, Dr. Venkateswaran informed and motivated the staff to participate as well in the Research Council’s (TRC) ongoing innovative project competitions and conferences. Also, he shared the opportunities of utilizing the Turnitin and ProQuest Portal for research and project activities.
The Database Section of the Information Technology Department organized a workshop on “Skills Enhancement for Project Students” on 24th September 2019. This workshop aimed in imparting and re-enforcing the skills in project proposal, database design and modeling, and project management, in the minds of students who are doing Course Project this semester. The event was successfully conducted under the leadership of Mr. G. Baskar, HOS, Database section and active involvement of Mr. Muhammed Azeem Qureshi, Mr. Kashif Majeed Sha, Mr. Mohammed Atheeq and Dr. Chandrapaul M. as resource speakers. All students of Bachelor program, who are currently involved in the course project documentation, attended and gained the knowledge and skills necessary in the conduct of their project.
The Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) organized an awarding ceremony for Project students and Project guides of Information Technology Department of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) who developed industrial projects for PACA. Awarding ceremony and the project presentation happened on the 8th of July 2019 from 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm at PACA auditorium in Salalah. The event was graced with the presence of Dr. Anuar Al-Ismaili, Dean, Dr. Said Al-Mashiki, Assistant Dean of Salalah College of Technology and Mohammed Ahmed Al-Yafi, Director of Support and Services of PACA.
Projects are developed by IT students of SCT in collaboration with PACA. The details of projects are as under:
The successful activity was made possible through the teamwork of the On the Job Training (OJT) and Industrial Link Committee of IT Department chaired by Dr. Ujjwal Agarwal and the Head of Maintenance Section of Meteorological Devices, PACA, Mr. Mohamed Suhail Musallem Gedad.
All three projects were presented by all three groups of students. At the end of the program, students and guides of SCT and supervisors of PACA were awarded by distributing certificates and mementos.
The Information Systems (IS) section of the Information Technology Department coordinated a faculty development program on “Android Mobile Application Development.” The workshop participants were IT staff members with skills in C++/Java programming as a pre-requisite. The said program consists of 2 series with Mr. Hansel Delos Santos, a lecturer from the Database section as the resource speaker.
The workshop series I was a two-day event conducted on 29th and 30th of May, 2019 from 8:30 A.M to 10:30 A.M at IT-6L in IT building. The first day started with an inauguration where the coordinator of the event, Dr. Abhishek Dubey, Head of IS section, introduced the speaker and explained the objectives of the workshop series. Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, Head of the IT Department, welcomed all the participants and appreciated the effort of the speaker and the organizing team.
The speaker demonstrated the android studio installation and mobile app development steps with real-time examples and interactions. His target was to achieve outcomes such as: creating a simple Android app, navigation between activities, and working with list views and image views. Participants actively responded and performed the given activities and are looking forward to the second series of the workshop to be held in the last week of June 2019.
The IT Department acknowledged the great effort of the speaker, coordinator, IS section, Head of the sections, HR Committee, Publication Committee, Projects Committee, and all the participants of the workshop for their involvement in the success of the event.
The Research Council (TRC) of Oman is inviting all graduating students of Salalah College of Technology to submit their innovative projects on the following topics, but not limited to: Smart City, IOT, Information Security, Artificial Intelligence, Big data, and Block chain.
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