“HULT PRIZE” Competition comes to DHA Suffa University

Year 2020 had taken a terrific start at DHA Suffa University, as the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development (CEID) along with the Entrepreneurship Society (ES) organized the most awaited “Hult Prize; OnCampus” Competition on 6th January, 2020.

Hult Prize is one of the world’s most acclaimed entrepreneurship programs operating on more than 1500 university campuses in 121 countries and has become a benchmark startup challenge for social entrepreneurship. Being part of this global initiative, DHA Suffa University is organized the “Hult Prize; OnCampus” competition to train, educate and inspire students by building an impact community. Through this Hult Prize competition the youth were challenged to solve the world’s issues and make life better for millions of people. This competition enabled students to solve critical social problems, launch disruptive social enterprises that are impact centered, and market driven. The Hult Prize competition transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them. The Hult Prize theme for the year 2020 is “Building Startups That Have a Positive Impact on Our Planet with Every Dollar Earned”

The organizing team was led by Ms. Eram Abbasi (Director CEID) and Mr. Muneeb Ahmed (Campus Director for DSU Hult Prize; OnCampus program). Muneeb is a student enrolled in the BBA Program at DSU and was selected as Campus Director for “DSU Hult Prize; OnCampus program” by the Hult Prize, Pakistan team. His efforts were instrumental in organizing this challenge at DSU. Mr. Muneeb gathered a team of very enthusiastic students from various departments at DSU who collectively put together a highly acclaimed competition. Every member of the team realizing their responsibility, did take care of every detail to make this competition a success. Details of the team members are available at http://www.hultprizeat.com/dhasuffa

To evaluate the ideas presented by the student teams, high profile panel of judges were invited from the industry. Among the panel of judges were Dr. Muhammad Imran Yousuf – Founder Transformation International, MD Jofa Group (Movenpick), Consul General a,h.Philippines; Mr. Azeem Pirani – Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Pak-Qatar General Takaful Limited, Country Head BancaTakaful & Alternate Distribution Channels (ADC) Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited; Mr. Faizan Laghari – CEO rnnr, Serial Entrepreneur; Mr. Syed Abdul Basit – CEO VISIONi, Director Founder Institute Karachi, Mr. Abdullah Akhtar – Owner/CEO Schole International Academy, Board Member Pak UK Business Council, Executive Committee member Italian Development Committee; Mr. Kh. Tanveer Saleem – CIO at UEP (ex British Petroleum), exCIO Engro gp & exCIO Unilevers.

Students at DSU took keen interest in the competition. 27 teams from various departments registered to participate in the competition. All the teams were frenzied to pitch their ground breaking ideas and determined to win the Hult Prize OnCampus Competition to be able to reach regional finals and further continuing their journey towards the global finals.

The winning team of this competition was “Team Marauders” was a mix team comprising of students from the Electrical Engineering and Management Science Department. They presented an idea that addressed the energy shortage problem by proposing energy management for home users. The solution if implemented would not only help in conserving energy but would also help the households reduce their electricity bills. The solution also helped in reducing carbon emission making the air healthier to breath.

The first runner up team called themselves as “Reformers”. This was again a mix team comprising of students from the Mechanical Engineering and Management Science Department. The problem that they addressed was related to the plastic waste in the oceans affecting marine life and appearance of sea shores. The solution presented was an army of autonomous amphibian robots which can collect the waste from the sea and dump it in designated area on shore all by itself. The second runner-up team calling themselves as “Team Relentless” presented a solution to save electric consumption by using tubular solar devices.

A key note was delivered by the guest of honor, Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah – CEO of Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centers, Managing Director at Dr Essa Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centers, Pharmacy & Vaccination Centers, Dental Services & Institute of Health Sciences. He is also President at OPEN Karachi, Vice President, Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi and Chairman, Sind Consumer Association of Pakistan. Dr. Farhan presented the Hult Prize souvenir to the winning teams and the esteemed judges.

The event ended with a vote of thanks delivered by the Dean at DHA Suffa University, Dr. Johar K. Farooqi. He congratulated the winning teams and all the teams who participated in this competition. He also valued the time and efforts put in by the judges in meticulously evaluating all the teams. The key note delivered by the guest of honor was acclaimed with high regards. Last but not the least the efforts of the organizing teams was highly appreciated.

The event ended with a high energy and good wishes for the winning team to move ahead for competing in the Hult Prize Regionals and making way to the Finals.



Positive Thinking & Entrepreneurship

Mr. Moin ul Atiq, Director Sports and Students Counselor DHA Suffa University, conducted a session on Positive thinking & Entrepreneurship.  The session was full or motivation and participants of the program hailed it very well.

The course was attended by more than 60 participants from IBA and other cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. The program aimed to provide the youth from different parts of Pakistan with opportunities to acquire entrepreneurial skills, to develop their mindset and to start their own businesses. Upon the culmination of the program, a Certificate Distribution Ceremony was organized to recognize the efforts and to boost the self-confidence.

IBA Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) successfully concluded International Entrepreneurship Winter School- 2019. The 10 day rigorous entrepreneurship course titled “Foundation of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) 1” was offered to under-graduate level students and was  counted as a Business Elective for BBA students and a Non Specialized Elective for all other programs.

This course was specially designed for those, who were interested in new venture creation, belong to family business, interested in discovering their entrepreneurial potential, interested in social entrepreneurship and those interested in teaching and research in the area of entrepreneurship.

Session on Academic Research Writing

A session was recently conducted at DSU on the topic of Academic Research Writing. Drawing from his experience authoring notable articles in leading publications and international journals, speaker Brig. Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas, talked about the basics of academic writing and the guidelines it should adhere to. He also shared his valuable insights on how to choose a research topic, and the pre requisites to follow for your papers and op-eds to be published in newspapers and journals.

This session was attended by students, faculty and industry professionals and concluded with an active Q & A round.

It is DSU’s ethos to share knowledge, engage with experts from various backgrounds and promote dialogue. Watch this space to attend our next “Doctorate at DSU” session where one of our PhD faculty shares their insight on a subject of their expertise with a wider audience.

Closing Ceremony of 3rd DSU Inter-Universities T20 Championship

On Monday, 9th December 2019, The Sports Gala concluded with an inspiring and motivating speech by the Director Sports, Mr. Moin ul Atiq. Winners of the Sports Gala were awarded trophies, medals and certificates in the Cricket competition.

Total Seven teams namely Fast NU, SSUET, PAF-KIET, Indus University, NED, SZABIST and IoBM participated in this event. The final was played between IoBM and NED University. Finally, IoBM won the championship.

Session on IoT and Cyber Security

A Session on IoT and Cyber security was conducted by Faculty of Computer Science and guest speakers at Auditorium on 9th January: 10:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M. Students from all the semesters of BS (CS) program attended the session. Speakers included Dr. Mahmood Haq (Myvest, USA), Mr. Umar Ahmad (UCLA, USA), Mr. Anwar Ahmed Khan (IBA), Dr. Shama Siddiqui (DSU) and Mr. Asif Rafiq (DSU).

Mr. Shabbir Halai’s Talk

Mr. Shabbir Halai, a Pakistani American Engineering professional having widespread experience of working in the Microelectronics industry in USA and Canada, gave a talk to DSU’s Electrical Engineering students on 8th-Jan-2020 in DSU’s Executive Lecture Theatre. In his talk he shared his experiences and lessons learned in the fields of Engineering, Business Development and Entrepreneurship. He advised engineering students on the importance of detailed and comprehensive design practices during the design phase of a microelectronic chip and the need to simulate as well as emulate as design engineers prior to finalizing the design.  He also stressed on the need for design engineers to effectively communicate with the end consumer during the product design phase, to truly understand the customer’s needs and incorporate them in the product’s design.  On the whole, the talk was extremely beneficial for mid-semester EE students, some of whom will be choosing Electronics as a specialization stream at DSU in their final year. Mr. Shabbir Halai’s lecture also had valuable tips for engineering students considering entrepreneurial ventures after graduation.

1st DSU WUSHU (KUNGFU) Inter Collegiate/University Championship 2019

On December 18th 2019, Sports Department organized 1st DSU WUSHU (KUNGFU) Inter Collegiate/University Championship 2019 under the supervision of Director Sports. Total 12 teams from different colleges and Universities participated in this event. The final was played between DSU and Hamdard University. Finally, DSU team won the championship.

Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah visited DSU

On 6th January 2020, Prof. Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah CEO, Dr. Essa Laboratory and Diagnostic Centers and President OPEN Karachi visited DHA Suffa University. He gave token of appreciation to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque Vice Chancellor, DSU

Industrial Visit to Matrix Pharma

Under the supervision and guidance of Mr. Moin Ul Atiq Director Sports and Student Counselor, the students of BBA and MBA program organized a study tour to visit Matrix Pharma.

The purpose of the tour was to let the students observe, learn and compare theoretical knowledge with practical working environment of business. The informative session was hosted by Mr. Jamshed (COO) at Matrix Pharma who shared his professional working experience and how to handle change in an organization.

Further he added no matter how much corrupt the environment around you, you should by all means stay true to yourself and honest in your work, be ethical, avoid malpractices, corruption and don’t be a hypocrite. Lastly, never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Positive thinking makes people grow mentally, physically and emotionally. It not only helps professional world but also in personal life. One should always look on the brighter side. The session was concluded by distribution of certificates by Mr. Liaqat Malik, father of COO, Mr. Jamshed to all the students and then Hi-tea was served.


4-Week Workshop On


Starting 18th February 2020


2 Classes per week | TUE (6-8 PM) | SUN (12:30 PM-2:30 PM)

Venue: Executive Computer Lab, DHA Suffa University


The course, as its title suggests is aimed at exposing the participants to the science of writings of different forms such as articles, interviews, reviews in different sources such as magazines, newspapers features etc. to prefer journalism as a possible career option. The workshop is also ideal for candidates whose work requires any writing or communication in different online and print mediums.

Since online presence has become somewhat a mandatory requirement for any author, a blog is the most effective way to reach out to throngs of audiences and build a solid reader base. The course aims at introducing the participants to the expansive world of blog writing as well. While efforts have been put into designing the course with major elements of the science of blogging, a special focus has also been put into the techniques of writing, which are often missed out by the bloggers online and writers alike.


Overcoming Writer’s Block
Different Types of Writing Styles
Development of a Newsletter
Discussion & Hands-on Practice on Traditional Media Items like Article, Review, Interview, Feature
Do’s and Don’ts of Blog Writing
Traditional Form vs Blog
Journalism & Blog Ethics
Blog Presentations
Setting Up and Developing a Blog


This 4-week intensive training would equip the audience with functioning knowledge of blogging and article writing with the aim to get them furnished with the writing skills that would help them in any type of content production. After attending the workshop, participants will have competencies in/for the following:

Theoretical knowledge of traditional forms of writing and media
Excessive Hand-on writing practice of write-ups of participant genre of interest
Analysis of published articles/pieces
Analysis of established blogs and success stories
Group discussions on various type of articles
A possible career in journalism and blogosphere
Meet up with authors and editors as Guest Speakers


Freelance writers/ ghost writers
Anyone who wants to learn writing
Aspiring Journalist
Aspiring Bloggers
Content Developers

Trainer – Shahzeb Shaikh

Author in Leading Newspapers & Magazines, Blogger

Shahzeb Shaikh brings with him a rich two-decade experience of writing in leading newspapers and magazines. He also serves as Deputy Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Person with Disabilities (DEPD), Government of Sindh. He is an Officer of District Administration/Revenue Service in the Government of Sindh with years of experience as Additional Deputy Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner in various Districts. Moreover, He is a PhD scholar and an IBA Karachi and NEDUET Karachi alumnus.

Shahzeb’s areas of interests are music and entertainment whereby he has interviewed noted international and local artistes and covered various international and local events. He also edited the ‘Pur Aman Karachi Newsletter’ published from the Commissioner’s Office in collaboration with USAID. He conducted similar courses in Indus Valley School of Arts & Architecture Karachi and IBA Karachi. He is also a visiting faculty at IoBM Karachi.

The above fee includes facilities and equipment.
Since pre-program reading is required, it is strongly advised to send the nomination(s) at least 8 working days prior to the program.
Preferred mode of payment is by demand draft, pay order or crossed cheque in favor of DHA Suffa University.
Your participation will be confirmed after receipt of full payment.
DSU Professional Development Centre will be announcing more programs other than the ones listed above.
DSU Professional Development Centre reserves the right to change the content, fees and dates at any time.

For registrations contact Professional Development Center Off Khayaban-e-Tufail, Ph-VII (Ext.), DHA, Karachi

Phone numbers: 021 35858610, 0345-2183952

Email Addresses: workshops.pdc@dsu.edu.pk, s.hashmi@dsu.edu.pk