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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 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 Students Completed Round 2 of CISCO Net Riders Skills Competition Featured

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.


تكريم المجيدين بالكلية التقنية بصلالة برعاية شركة ريسوت للأسمنت Featured

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


Student IT Club Organizes Student Competitions Featured

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:

1st place: Suhail Mohammed Al-Mashani
2nd place: Marwa Said Al Shanfari
3rd place: Tafool Ali Al Shanfari

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.


Final Examination Schedule - Sem 3 (2016-2017)


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Engineering Day 2017: Engineering Our Future

Salalah College of Technology-Engineering Department celebrated Engineering Day 2017 on May 25, 2017 with the theme “Engineering our Future”. The celebration commenced with the ribbon cutting led by Dr. Ali Mohsin Issa Rafeet, Head of Engineering Department. This was followed by reciting the Quran and welcome address by the HoD. Alumni working in different companies shared their experiences and views that inspired the students in preparing for the job market. Highlighting the event was the project competition among engineering students from Civil Engineering & Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Among the 21 projects, Architecture section won 1st and 3rd Place while the Mechanical Engineering section won the 2nd Place. Job interview preparation seminar was also conducted during the day. Recognition of best performing students and awarding of winners concluded the one day event.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs-Dr. Said Al Mashikhi; Asst. Dean for Admin and Finance-Mr. Amar Al Shanfari ; QA Unit Head- Mr. Khalid Al Mashani; Head of Business Department- Dr. Alya Al Nasseri and Head of IT Department- Mr. Vijipaul P were also present to grace the event.


BUZZ-FEST Featured


“It’s Not About Ideas; It’s About Making Ideas Happen”

Conforming to its theme “It’s not about ideas; It’s about making ideas happen”, ‘Buzz-Fest’ created a great opportunity for the college students to get an exposure of the real world at the college campus itself. The multi-stakeholder nature of this event was dedicated to provide an in-depth exploration of the need for entrepreneurship and an exposure to those companies who have been dealing with entrepreneurship successfully, thus motivating the students to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

With the objective of providing the students an insight into their future, this event focused on socio-educational activities, such as installation of Booths, setting up Specialization corners, Entrepreneurship corner, Business Club corner etc.,

The event’s highlights were 13 stalls put by the Business Studies students and funding & project advisory establishments from public and private sectors. From the department there were specialization corners arranged by the department sections to promote different specializations being offered by the department. These specialization corners had the glimpse of a creative, supportive and efficient learning atmosphere that is practiced consistently at Salalah College of Technology.

Inaugural Session

The event started at 9:00 a.m. with the recitation of Holy Quran by Mr. Abdullah Babood, student of BSD.

In his welcome address, Mr. Mohammed Naseeb, an active student of Business Club of Business Studies department reiterated the fact that events like ‘Buzz-Fest’ not only motivate the students but also prove that learning can actually be fun. Such events can make the students extroverts and competent in attitude. Very aptly, he brought out the importance of young graduates to participate actively and play a major role in the development of our country by becoming world class competitors.

Highlight of the session was the presentations made by Mr. Otbah Abdullah Al Harmali of SME Development, Mr. Mohammed Al Mashikhi of Al Rafd Fund and Mr. Ahmed Ba-Omar of Al Madina Takaful. First two presenters stressed on the need for helping the graduates for becoming entrepreneurs by giving them necessary training and enhancing their business skills. While,Mr. Ahmed Ba-Omar, emphasized on the significance of Sharia-Complaint products in Oman economy.

A young and successful Omani entrepreneur Mr. Hammad Ahmed Suwailam shared his success story with the audience. He also shared the mantra of ‘how to become a successful entrepreneur’.

At the end of the inaugural session, Dr. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Manthari, Dean- SCT, Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, Assistant Dean Academic Affairs along with Dr Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri, Head- Business Studies Department distributed the momentous to the sponsor companies and distinguished guests.

Later, all the guests along with the Dean and Assistant deans visited all the booths. The guests started their tour with the specialization booths, where the students enthusiastically answered the guests’ queries. The Entrepreneur Club and the Business Club of SCT showcased their activities to the guests. The participant companies Dhofar Cattle Feed, Riyada, Al Rafd, Al Madina Takaful and SME Development Fund spoke about their products and functions to the guests.

At the end of the first session, staff and eminent guests selected the ‘Best Poster’ from all the posters that the students had created. During the event three ‘Lucky Prize’ winners were also announced on the basis of a raffle draw.

Activity Session

The second session was exclusively based on the idea that ‘Learning is Fun’. Activities like Quiz, Show & Tell and Guess the Word were lined up to challenge the intellect of both the staff and students. Games like Blind Fold, Draw a Line and Practical game kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

To motivate and encourage the students to participate more in such kind of events, prize distribution ceremony was held at the end of the activity session. College Dean along with ADAA and HoD-Business Studies distributed the prizes to the winners of different activities and games.

The fascinating event concluded at 2:00 p.m. with a ‘Vote of Thanks’ by the Head of Business Studies Department, Dr. Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri. She acknowledged the role of all the sponsors and participant companies – Al Shanfari Group, Lulu International, SME- F development, Al Madina Takaful, Al Raffd fund, Rayada Group, Dhofar Cattle Feed, Khimji Ramdas in making the event a success. Dr. Alya applauded the efforts and support of the college management, department staff and students, who showed extraordinary dedication and commitment in making this event a success.


SCT-IT Students Advance to Round 2 of CISCO NetRiders Skills Competition 2017

CISCO Networking Academy is organizing the “CISCO NetRiders Student Skills Competition 2017”. This competition is open to all Middle East countries. There are three rounds for every competition categories of IT Essential, CCENT and CCNA.

Qualified Cisco Students can register and participate in these competitions. Salalah College of Technology through IT Department hosted the Regional Round 1 Event in the Dhofar Region on 11th May 2017. Five IT Students from networking specialization are successfully qualified to move to Round 2 of CISCO competition.

The details are

Category Name of the Student Rank in Academy
CCENT Majeed Bassem Awadh Bait Al-Zain 1
CCNA Muna Said Al-Mashani 1
CCNA Qais Khalid Mohammed Al-Hindi 2
CCNA Fatima Bader Ali Fadhil 3
CCNA Ahmed Suhail Ahmed Tabook 4

The Round 2 of this competition will be on 15th of June 2017. Students can visit for complete details, rules and FAQ’s. The event will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. Jonathan Tambaoan, HOS-NIES with support of Mr. Vijipaul, Head of IT Department. For Additional information, they may contact the Event Coordinator, Dr. R. Venkateswaran, for more information.


ELC GFP Policy Awareness Session 1

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The ELC GFP organized a SCT Policy Management System awareness session on May 9th 2017. Special mention was made of the policies pertaining to the General Foundation Program. The session was well attended by approximately 86 staff members from ELC and IT Department.

The Head of the GFP, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, addressed the gathering and reiterated the necessity of all stakeholders following the SCT Policies for the smooth and effective working of the GFP. He explained the importance of adhering to all policies and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to enhance the activities in the Center.

There were ten presenters who provided the audience with information about policies pertaining to GFP.

1. QA Policy & Staff Appraisal Policy: Mr. Michael Coleman (Member of ELC Council)
2. Policy Management System: Ms. Shalu Thomas (College Rep. to PMS Committee)
3. Health & Safety Policy: Mr. Ronilo Jayag (College Rep. to H & S Committee)
4. Risk Management Policy: Ms. Marily Gayeta (College Rep. to RM Committee)
5. Research & Consultancy Policy: Ms. Padmini Ivaturi (College Rep. to R&C Committee)
6. Staff Induction Policy: Ms. Nicola Philips (College Rep. to HRD Committee.)
7. Assessment Policy: Ms. Felicius Grace (PF Lecturer-Volunteer)
8. Examination Invigilation Policy: Ms. Claire Orpilla (QA Member)
9. Resource Requirement –SOP: Mr. Bince B (Chairman of RR Committee)
10. CRDC – SOP: Mr. Murali Krishna (Chairman of CRD Committee)

Some general information provided to the audience on SCT Policies

  • There are two kinds of Policies: Academic and Non-Academic or Administrative
  • SCT has established a Policy Management System (PMS) in compliance with Ministry of Manpower (MOM) mandates
  • Policies are developed to be the guiding principle which sets the direction for the institution
  • Policies help to govern the development and implementation of procedures and provides guidelines for all activities in the various units of SCT
  • Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are uniformly applied and monitored in all units of SCT
  • Policies assist SCT in achieving its Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives
  • Policies also promote operational efficiency while reducing risks.
  • Policies help in ensuring that all departments/centers comply with the Ministry mandates and community expectations
  • Staff must be aware of all SCT policies and use them to ensure systematic administration of all unit/college affairs.

All the participants agreed that the policies presented were clear, informative and very useful.

The QA Coordinator, Ms. Salina Mascrelhas, thanked all the participants for a very fruitful and successful awareness session.

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