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Monday, 27 January 2020 07:37

Skills Enchancement for Project Students

The Database section of the Information Technology Department conducted a workshop on “Skills Enhancement for Project Students” on 21st January 2020. This workshop is aimed at imparting and re-enforcing students’ skills on project proposal, project management, database design and modeling. Under the leadership of Mr. G. Baskar, HOS, Database section, the following lecturers: Mr. Muhammed Azeem Qureshi, Mr. Kashif Majeed Sha, Mr. Mohammed Ateeq and Mr. Mohammed Arshad Ali conducted the workshop. All Course Project students under the Bachelor and Advanced Diploma programs attended and gained the required knowledge and skills.

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 1:

  • Mr. Jonathan Peter Glycer Tambaoan
  • Dr. Asma Al Marhubi – Networking, team member
  • Mr. Kunal Gupta - Information Security, team member

Group 2: Mr. G. Baskar

  • Dr. Huda Al Shuaily - Database, team member
  • Mr. Mohammed Al Ajmi - Database, team member

Group 3: Dr. Abhishek Dubey

  • Dr. Muna Al Rahbi - Information Systems, team member

Group 4: Mr. Zahid Mehmood

  • Dr. Eman Said Al Abri - Software Engineering, team member and focal point

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.

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