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IT Day 2018 – Techno Fest Celebrations Featured

IT Department of Salalah College of Technology organized a two day mega event “IT Day 2018”, Information Technology Festival on 14th and 15 of March 2018, which comprises of a series of competition and activities namely IT Quiz, Database Design Quest, Pi Day Celebration, Programming Talent Test, Networking Competition, Paper Presentation, Project demonstration and Poster presentation on IT Trends and Tactics. Around 220 students participated and exhibited their talents and skills.

College Dean Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi , Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr.Amal Ahmed Agham Al-Shahri, Head of Quality Assurance Department Mr. Khalid Al Maashani, Head of ELC Mr. Said Al Mashiki and other dignitaries attended the Inaugural ceremony.

Our department Head Mr. Vijipaul, welcomed the gathering and encouraged the students by his motivational speech. Then Dr. Ms. Mallika Natarajan, HOS-Mathematics Section, give a brief account of various events conducted. Then Mr. Baskar, HOS of database Section and Chair of IT Day Celebrations, requested Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, The Dean of College, to declare the IT Day completions open. Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari in his speech expressed his desire to see many students to participate in such events to enhance their skills and wished them his best to do well.

The poster presentation was the first event in “TECHNO FEST 2018” during IT DAY celebrations. The competition was conducted on a theme “IT Trends & Tactics” to exhibit student’s creative and pioneering ideas of their academic projects, exploring the recent technologies along with IT trends & tactics. Poster presentation mainly focused on Communication Technologies, Computer Security, Business Process Outsourcing, Medical Application of Mathematics, Trigonometric Ratios, Trigonometric functions, Big data and Oman, Water quality software, Mobile application for Taxi booking in Oman, Warning signs of bad IT Architecture, Centralized Digitization, Impact of social media on students, Big Data of Social Media Opportunities and challenges, Cyptocurrency: The Future of Money, Artificial Intelligence Age, Data Warehousing, Awareness of False information, LiFi - The Future Internet, Social Robots, Wearable Technology, and Automatic Linking of Toll and parking with Civil ID.  

Total of 22 teams from various levels including Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and B.Tech participated in the event. The coordinator of the poster presentation Dr. N.R Wilfred Blessing and his team members made the necessary arrangements and conducted the event successfully.

Pi Day activities are meant to enrich and deepen students' understanding of the concept of pi. Activities include investigations of the value of pi in a game, special pi projects, and a skit with pizza or other kinds of "pi." Because pi is 3.14159…, our department held the big Pi Day celebrations on 3/14.

We organized Mathematical Treasure Hunt for students pursuing Advanced Diploma and Bachelorette in Engineering. It was a great activity for fun and engaging mathematics lessons. The pupils followed a trail of clues and mathematical problems around the MPH; each clue contains a hint to where the next clue is hidden.

A total of 45 students split into 15 teams, each team with 3 students of different abilities participated in the Treasure Hunt. Working in a team, and in a competition, supported team working skills, and even students with difficulties in mathematics participated. The questions were taken from a wide range of different topics, not directly related to the mathematics curriculum. The treasure hunt was coordinated by Ms Aminah Sirajuddin and her team.

The Aims of the programming competition was to bring together talented students from Diploma, Higher Diploma and B.Tech throughout the IT Department to compete in a spirit of fun. The contest was to test their programming skills and problem solving ability.

The programming competition was the first day event in “TECHNO FEST 2018” during IT DAY celebrations. Total 14 students from various levels including Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and B.Tech participated in the event. The Competition was coordinated by Mr. Sk Wasim Haidar and his team members, it was a great success.

IT Quiz Competitions as held in Multipurpose Hall, to encourage and inculcate the competitive spirit and to impart skills in lateral thinking and responding in right time with right answers.

Total 18 teams registered for the event and after elimination round 5 teams participated in the final round. In the finals, 3 rounds with different levels of questions, students were under fire. At the end of very tough competition, two teams have been selected for the first and second position. Mr. Mohamed Mushtaq Ahmed and Mr. Rakesh as coordinators organized the event well with the support a team of able lecturers.

Networking competitions were divided into three sections: IT Essentials -  (for Diploma 1 Students), CCENT (RnS1 and 2) -  (for Diploma 1 and 2 Students), and CCNA ( Rns3 and 4) -  (for AD and BTECH Students) headed by Dr.Nithesh K.Nandakumaran with Mr.Sunil Thomas  and Mr. Devarajan as the Facilitators.

One of Competition was “Database Design Competition” held on 14th March, 2018 at IT-1L in IT Building. Purpose of this competition was to develop and enhance student’s interest in learning and applying database concepts in problem solving.

Six teams of three members each participated in the Competition. Three teams were formed from bachelor level and three teams from advanced diploma level.  Students were asked to perform different tasks in each round.  Winner and runner up teams were awarded with certificates. This competition was supervised by Mr. Kashif Majeed Shah with a team of lecturers.

Day 2 event started with the introductory message of Mr. Jonathan Peter Glycer Tambaoan, HOS for Network/Internet & E-Security Section. He mentioned about the College Mission and Vision and its relation to the Course Project of the student. He reiterated that the college is preparing the students to become highly competitive through knowledge and expertise in terms of technical skills. In addition, he mentioned about the importance of soft skills that the student must have in order to become highly efficient IT professionals of the future.

Three projects namely ‘Online Computer Laboratory Maintenance Logbook’, ‘Parcel Service System (PSS)’ and ‘Smart Garbage’ were presented by student presenters.

After the Project Presentation, all the distinguished guests, Dr. Said Omar Al-Mashikhi, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Mr. Viji Paul, Head of IT Department, Dr. Abishek Dubey, HOS for IS, Mr. G. Baskar, HOS for Database, Mr. Zahid Mehmood, HOS for IT and Dr. Mallika, HOS for Math, lecturers and students went to different project booths to see all other projects and asked the students additional information about their projects.

After the Project Exhibit, a session was conducted by two Guests Speakers. The first speaker was from Omantel, Ms. Eman Said Al-Malki. She discussed about the “Effective CV Writing and Interview Coaching”. The second speaker was from PACA, Mr. Emad Abdullah Al Najjar. He discussed about “IT Roles and Responsibilities in Government and Private Companies”.

It was a timely topic for the students because it will help the students to prepare themselves in applying for a job in the future.

Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, Dean of the college presided over the Seminar Session and appreciated the valuable contribution of the Guest Speakers by awarding certificates.

To inculcate the habit of research work and to motivate and identify the student’s creative and pioneering ideas of their academic projects, exploring the recent technologies along lines of the research council students were encouraged to present papers on various topics, mainly focused on Artificial Intelligence, Communication Technologies, Computer Security, cloud computing, Mobile Networking, Data Mining, Big data, Impact of social media on students with respective to hiring and recruitment, Big Data of Social Media Opportunities and challenges, Water quality software, Cyptocurrency.  The coordinator Dr. M. ChandraPal and his Review team did evaluate the papers. After evaluation two papers were presented by students in MPH. the papers presented were ‘New Frontier and Emerging Trends on Social Media’ and ‘Cloud Computing’.

The judges of the Student Paper Presentation were Dr. Nitesh Nandakumar, Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Mr. Bernard Ugalde and Mrs. Lincy Grace Kanagaselvi.

All participants and staff gathered in Multi Purpose Hall for award ceremony. Dr. Abishaik, HOS for IS section welcomed the gathering and highlighted the features of the IT Day events. Mr. G. Baskar, Overall coordinator of IT Day 2018 gave brief report about the events thanking the Dean, Assistant Deans, Head of the Department, Head of Sections for their encouragement and support. He thanked and appreciated the Steering Committee members, Student Volunteers, in-charges of various activities and all staff for their whole hearted participation in the celebrations which was a great success.

Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, our Assistant Dean for Academic affairs spent his precious time in listening and advising the students during project demonstration awarded the students and staff with certificates. The program concluded with vote of thanks by Mr. Zahid Mehmood, Head of Section IT.  IT Day-2018 gave great opportunity to students to bring out the hidden talents and also it boosted their presentation skills, technical skills, leadership skills, personality and other soft skills.


ANSYS-FEA Software Seminar

As part of the Staff & Student Development activity, Mechanical Engineering Section conducted a seminar on “Introduction to ANSYS – FEA Software” for the Mechanical Engineering staff and students on 6th March 2018. Dr. Mithun Vinayaka Kulkarni, Lecturer- Mechanical Engineering section served as the resource person.

ANSYS software is used to design products and semiconductors, create simulated computer models of structures, electronics, or machine components that test the properties and functions without building test products or conducting crash tests.


Business Studies Department has organized a session on “Statistical analysis-using Excel” Featured

Human Resource Development Committee of Business Studies Department has organized a session on “Statistical analysis-using Excel” on the Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 as a part of staff development activity to fulfill the staff needs on effective teaching and learning methods. The Business Studies Department believes in the practice that the staff members should be well versed in using the modern technology to deliver effective lectures to impart quality education. In this regard, importance of using different teaching methods, tool and technology becomes necessary to explain difficult concepts to the students. To meet this purpose, Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi, Lecturer, Accounting Section, Business Studies Department, was invited to handle the session.

The session was lively and participative as staff members were clearing their doubts during the session. The effective presentation by the speaker helped in retaining the enthusiasm among participants right from the start to closing of the session.


SMC conducts finance session with SCT Accounting students Featured

In line with its CSR focus themes of empowering communities and investing in people and upholding one of the company values of knowledge-sharing, Salalah Methanol Company ( SMC) recently conducted a finance session with selected Advanced Diploma Accounting students of Salalah College of Technology. The session was held last March 5, 2018, at Buss-14C, Business Bldg, in SCT.

Mr. Jamel Bousbih, Head of Budget of SMC conducted the session and explained  to the students the cost structure of SMC, the determination of the cost of production and shipment, the different cost categories and costing methods used by the company. The session provided the students experiential learning and benefitted them in their continuous quest for knowledge.

The Business Department headed by Dr. Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri was truly appreciative of this initiative made by SMC and hopes to have more collaboration with the company in terms of curriculum development and other academic ventures.

Salalah Methanol Company, incorporated in 2006, is a leading company in the hydrocarbon industry located in Salalah Free Zone, Dhofar Region with a global market that includes China, Europe and South East, Far East Asia.


ELC to hold 2nd annual symposium on CCC-ELT

True to its commitment for continuing staff professional development, the English Language Center (ELC), under the leadership of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, will be holding its second annual symposium on April 18 &19, 2018, in the Multi-Purpose Hall, Salalah College of Technology.

Themed with Communication, Culture, and Creativity in English Language Teaching (CCC-ELT), the symposium aims to provide a friendly and stimulating atmosphere where presenters can get constructive feedback on their research and participants can benefit from new developments in ELT.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ali Al-Issa, currently dubbed as the best cited Omani English Language Education (ELE) scholar.   He is an Associate Professor of ELE at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat.

To prepare for the said symposium, the Steering Committee called for a meeting of all the committees on March 6, 2018, in the Self-Access Center of ELC.

Mr. Al-Mashiki, Head of the Center and Chairperson of the CCC-ELT Symposium, gave an overview of the symposium through a PowerPoint presentation. He urged the different committees that with unity and dedication, the symposium will mark another milestone in the ELC.

Various committees comprising of 47 staff have started to buckle down to work for the upcoming symposium. These include:

  1. Steering Committee
  2. Editing Committee
  3. Logistics Committee
  4. Printing Committee
  5. Social Media Committee
  6. Session Moderation Committee
  7. Technical Support Committee

 As the meeting ended, the working committees assured their relentless support to contribute to the huge success of the two-day symposium.


Induction Program of the Mars Life Simulation Project held in Salalah College of Technology Featured

The Organizing Committee of the Mars Living Simulation Project in cooperation with the Omani Astronomical Society and Salalah College of Technology held an Introductory Lecture on Mars Simulation and Exploration Experiment in the Sultanate of Oman on March 1, 2018 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of SCT.

The program was presented by Dr.Gernot Groemer, the Project Commander of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and Dr.Saleh Al-Shehadi, Chairman of the Oman Astronomical Society and Vice-Chairman of the Project Steering Committee in Oman.

SCT was privileged enough to be the first campus in a series of induction venues to have seen and witnessed the actual photos of the experiments made in the simulation project. Astronauts spent a month in isolation on a simulated “red planet” living the “martian life” in the desolate Dhofar desert in Marmool to help prepare humanity for a future mission to Mars which NASA targets to accomplish in the year 2030. Using a drone, robotic rovers and an inflatable greenhouse, the astronauts carried out 19 experiments on this baron area, picked for its resemblance to Mars.

The program was well attended by both students and staff of SCT headed by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr Said Omar Al Mashiki. Guests from other companies and institutions in Dhofar Region also graced the program.


Guest Lecture by SMC

As part of the Students’ Development activity, Mechanical Engineering Section has organized a guest lecture on “Manufacturing Processes and Testing Methods (NDT)” for the Mechanical Engineering students on 11th February 2018. Mr. Ali Mohammed Al-Zawamri, Team Leader- Inspection, Reliability Department of Salalah Methanol Company, LLC (SFC) served as the resource person and delivered the guest lecture.

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Industrial Visit to Dunes Oman and Dover Middle East

As part of the Staff Development activity, Mechanical Engineering Section faculty had an industrial visit to Dunes Oman LLC and Dover Middle East LLC on 7 December 2017 and 1 February 2018.This was an opportunity for the staff to have an exposure to the company facilities.

The visit aimed to identify the possible projects to be done by Mechanical Engineering students in collaboration with local industries.

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Mechanical Engineering Students Visit to Dunes Oman LLC and Salalah Methanol Company

As part of the Students’ Development activity, Mechanical Engineering Section has organized an industrial visit for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and B.Tech. students of Mechanical Engineering program. They visited Dunes Oman LLC and Salalah Methanol Company (SMC) on 29th January 2018 and 13th February 2018. The students were given briefing about the company’s operations before giving them an exposure to the different equipment and machineries used in the plant.

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