STEMATHON’19

On 17th of December, DSU STEM Society in collaboration with DSU Community Service & Conservative Society organized STEMATHON’19. The aim of this event was to promote Science & Technology amongst the students. Students from different Schools, Colleges & Universities participated in the event & displayed their skills. STEMATHON’19 covered up Technical and Non-Technical Modules. Technical Modules included Experiment Station, Bridge Building competition, Aerodynamic Competition and Mathematics Quiz whereas Non-Technical Modules included Fifa, Chess, CS 1.6 etc. At the end of the day, the winners of all the modules got the winning prizes. Overall, the event was successful.

 

2nd Convocation

The 2nd Convocation of DHA Suffa University (DSU) of Engineering, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences was held at the Convention Center, DHA Country & Golf Club, Karachi on 12th December 2019. Commander 5 Corps Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz, HI(M), who is also Chancellor DSU presided over the convocation ceremony and conferred degrees upon the graduates of 2018 batch. A total of 335 graduating students were awarded with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in this Convocation. These include 83 BE(ME), 98 BE(EE), 91 BS(CS), 55 BBA and 8 MBA degree recipients. The officials of DHA and DSU officials, dignitaries, and parents of graduating students attended the Convocation ceremony.

Session by Mr. Ahmed Ayub Co-Founder of Airlift Technologies

Mr. Ahmed Ayub, is a graduate of Bradford University School of Management and has over 20 years of experience in General Management, Cost and Profitability Management, Software Project Management and Software Development.
He is also the co-founder of Airlift technologies, founded in March 2019, building Pakistan’s largest public transportation network. It was first launched in Lahore and then Karachi. Its mission is to solve the daily transportation problem of the masses and provide a safe, reliable and affordable solution to the public.
In the session organized by DSU Entrepreneur Society, he highlighted 10 vital aspects that should be well focused by an entrepreneur in order to transform a preliminary startup into one remarkable success story.

1. Believe In Yourself.
Moving from a well-paid job to starting your own business from the scratch is certainly not a piece of cake, the foremost resistance and disapproval comes from family, but believing in your idea and that you can do it can surely do wonders. Ahmed Ayub’s journey of Airlift is one such example.

2. Action Orientated.
Ideas and planning shouldn’t be confined only to the notepad, it should be executed and the person should be bias to action. Unique idea is not the only focal point of any business but its implementation. At Airlift, personnel are encouraged to make decisions and take action promptly so that problems are solved instantly.

3. Defend Your Ideas.
If people disparage your idea, defend it through logical arguments, but listen to the feedback as if you’re wrong and needs improvement.

4. Check Impact.
Business’s only goal shouldn’t be to make money but also to influence the lives of people positively. Airlift has been successful in solving the pain of daily commuting of the public, it has changed the way people move; shifting away from private vehicles towards shared mobility and mass transport.

5. Improve Every Single Day.
Even though at the first day of launch Airlift, their driver app wasn’t working but they were not discouraged. Consistency of service was the motive. Despite every day challenges they chose not to suspend their service even for a day. Airlift is working continuously to make a top notch app with all security checks.

6. Believe In Divine Power.

7. Give Value To Customer Feedback.
Customer feedback helps to improve customer retention. Airlift’s direct competitor SWVL is also operating in the same market with the same service just as Airlift, therefore, if customers would be displeased with the service of Airlift, they can conveniently switch to SWVL transport service.
Therefore, giving value to customers is an important task. Ahmed Ayub along with his team mates gathered the responses of people who used their service and they also did direct marketing, distributing pamphlets personally door to door to people in order to create awareness of Airlift.

8. Focus On Character Building.
In an era, where falsehood, corruption, cheating and deceiving has become the norm of businesses, entrepreneurs by all means should protect themselves from these ills of the society in order to succeed in long run.

9. Team Work.
An individual can never built an empire all by himself, but a team of well skilled people certainly can. Teamwork is the key to a long term accomplishment of goals.

10. Positive Thinking.
The power of positive thinking can’t be denied. Only positive thinking helps one to remain steadfast and committed to the goals despite the impediments and failures.
He also revealed that the startup was confronted with a lot of challenges. Specifically, government resistance and intervention at all stages of execution of their transport service, driver application failure, hack attacks and inadequate budget at the beginning but these issues were tackled gradually owing to team’s persistent efforts.

The turning point for Airlift came when it was highlighted in international news from where they began to receive offers from angel investors who found the idea of Airlift a promising one. This young startup has already raised venture financing worth $2.1 million from angel investors from New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Dubai, Karachi and Lahore and due to the investment they have been able to expand their route network on daily basis therefore, they have been able to cater thousands of rides per day.

Ahmed Ayub, concluded the session by stating that for the time being, Airlift is just a platform and has to go a long way to triumph in local as well as global markets. Their main goal is to expand their services all around Pakistan and then internationally. They believe that SWVL’s presence in the market is not a threat for them but a healthy competition which helps them in upgrading and revamping Airlift. He laid emphasis on the fact that the sole purpose of human existence is not just to gain and achieve monetary success but to do something so exceptional that it impacts the lives of people such as elevating their lifestyle, precisely, what Airlift is aiming. It’s a fast, reliable daily commute for the public which is not only easily accessible but also affordable.

 

Visit to Feroze 1888 Mills Limited

Under the supervision of Ms. Tehseen Azhar, final year students of BBA visited Feroze 1888 Mills Limited on December 18, 2019 as part of their Professional Development course. The objective of this visit was to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the HR Practices, Professional Environment of an organization and to give the flavor of Textile industry of Pakistan.

The day started with the Hi-Tea before the motivational session. The session was conducted by the representatives of their Learning & Development department. The session was fully interactive and students were continuously engaged through different activities and the speaker made them realize some important factors like gratitude, self-awareness and professionalism. The speaker also highlighted the basic HR concepts they are following and how their organization is fully committed to the ideology of 3PS (People, Planet & Prosperity). They also shared how they keep on focusing continuously on their people development and also used to organize different training and family events to motivate their employees and make them feel special being the part of the Feroze community. The session was ended on the activity of motivational song and to mentor students about basic life philosophies. Few of the students also shared their testimonials about the visit and then they were served with the delicious lunch and souvenir towels manufactured by Feroze 1888.

They also showed the manufacturing process of producing the best export quality towels.

 

Seminar on Activating Your Entrepreneur Within

Global Entrepreneurship Network is a year-round platform of programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November.

To celebrate this global initiative, DHA Suffa’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (C.E.I.D.) had organized a seminar on 21st November 2019, on the topic of ‘Activating your entrepreneur within’. To ensure the essence of the moment, we had invited such speakers who possess the true nature of entrepreneurship among themselves. This event was also hosted on Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan website.

For the event, we had invited Mr. Nabil Kalu, who is a prominent businessman and CEO of various companies like Design District, Kitchen Essentials, etc., a dynamic corporate trainer and an enthusiastic entrepreneur by nature. Mr. Nabil shared his journey and his early struggles of being an entrepreneur in his own unique and personalized way. He also focused his attention to discuss the common misconceptions especially whenever concepts like entrepreneurship are discussed in Pakistan’s context. In his overall discussion, he kept the regional dynamics and concepts in mind, which were relatable and well-liked by the audience.

The other speaker, Mr. Nauman Lakhani who is a businessman and also Country Manager for Dun & Bradstreet, shared his valuable entrepreneurial journey with us. He spoke about his early journey, and explains the struggles of having a career and managing a business at the same time. During his discussion, he shared his personal stories that how he was able to identify such small opportunities in a smart way, that with time leads to opening a chain of his own stores, internationally. He focused on the prime personality traits like honesty, integrity that will help the individual to sustain and grow to become not only a successful entrepreneur but also a great human being.

It was an absolute interactive sessions, as the audience was engaged constantly throughout the session. And even after a healthy Q&A session, the students were more interested in talking to the speakers after the event. The event itself was an overall success, and the turnover and response of the event was highly positive.

Link for the event on Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan website;

https://www.genglobal.org/pakistan/activate-entrepreneur-within?fbclid=IwAR2b55JWlXbiz5a3gTygRqiQhRDwqf4Bu4NiZGDx-TZcNrufURYIT8yuvAw

Session on “Inventory Management in Pharmaceutical Industry & its Modern Practices”

A Guest Speaker Session was arranged on “Inventory Management in Pharmaceutical Industry & its modern practices” for BBA V students studying Production & Operations Management course on December 09, 2019 by Ms. Erum Fatima.

The Session was conducted by Mr. Sohail Sawani, General Manager Supply Chain, Genix Pharma pvt Ltd. The Speaker talked about Inventory Management and Supply Chain Management in Pakistan.

Mr. Sohail discussed the importance of managing inventory, order levels and lead time and related all of these with special reference to pharmaceutical industry. He also talked about the problems faced when ordering inventory from outside country. The session concluded with Q&A session. The lecture was a great learning opportunity for students as it helped students relate many concepts studied in classroom to real world applications.

DSUMUN IV Launch Ceremony

DSUMUN IV presents to you the official launch ceremony of the DSUMUN IV event which took place on the 6th of December 2019. It was a ceremony to introduce the committees that the delegates have to look forward to as well as the much awaited DSUMUN IV logo reveal video. DSUMUN IV is back in action and ready to expand its horizons to places we have yet to see.

Visit to State Bank of Pakistan

Under the supervision of Ms. Tehseen Azhar, students of BBA visited State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on December 6, 2019. The objective of this visit was to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the HR Practices and Policies of SBP. The students were given a detailed orientation of the HR procedures as well SBP role as being the Head of all financial institutions. Also what steps are involved in appointing employees and interns at SBP. The group also visited the State Bank Museum and Art Gallery, where they observed a chronological display of Pakistani stamps, coins and currency notes issued after independence. Students also visited the Governors’ Gallery and saw the Declaration of Independence signed by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. In the Art Gallery, the group was enthralled to see Sadequain’s art portraying different eras. The visit was a great learning opportunity for students as it helped students relate many concepts studied in classroom to real setting.

 

MoU Signing between DHA Suffa University and Colaraz

On 23rd November 2019, DHA Suffa University embarked the innovative and progressive journey of formulating and digitizing its students’ career journey, by joining hands with Colaraz. Colaraz is a global platform for talent development, recruitment and engagement. The MOU was signed by Brig. Muhammad Rafiq Ahmed (Registrar) representing DHA Suffa University, in the presence of Mr. Muhammad Afzal Haque (Vice. Chancellor), Engr. Dr. Johar Khurshid (Dean), Mr. Kamran Saeed (Director CS & CR). Mr. Mubashar Hameed the Co-founder and CEO of Colaraz himself was present to sign the MOU, accompanied with Mr. Mohsin M. Siddique the Project Manager of Colaraz.

Colaraz bridges the gap between Academia and the Industry. The talent exchange network allows employers to have direct window to graduating students and alumni. Employers can instantly post jobs; receive applications from students and alumni; they can also explore a wide database of fresh talent pool and hire the right resource timely and hassle free, compare to existing intensive, and time taking processes. Once talent is on-boarded, companies will also have a visibility over their company-wide talent resources and can manage them accordingly through the single platform of Colaraz. The platform offers students to create their universal profile, which enables them to apply for job or internship opportunities, network with alumni and professionals, request for mentorship and apply for scholarships etc.

Colaraz connects the dots that are vital for a successful career journey. It brings together the key stakeholders under one platform, creating an ecosystem to nurture professional talent. Thus, bringing ease and prosperity to Universities, Students and the Companies, and hence playing its part in uplifting the talent economy.

Mock Interviews

On December 11th 2019, The Department of Career Services and Corporate Relations (CS&CR) in collaboration with Alumni Relations Department organized a Mock Interview for the Final Year Students of MS Department at DHA Suffa University. The objective of Mock Interviews for final year MS students was to prepare them for appearing in job interviews aptly and successfully. The Interviewer for the Mock Interviews was Shahrukh Ali, Manager Talent Acquisition at Gul Ahmed and Ms. Tehseen Azhar, Director Alumni Relations at DSU.

The session was attended by 30+ final year students of MS Department. The Department of CS&CR concluded the session by presenting a token of appreciation to the speaker. A goody bag and a shield was presented by Ms. Tehseen, Director of Alumni Relations, DSU to the speaker.