Monday, December 29, 2008

Bringing together the Student Branches

Nearly two months ago, IEEE-NUCES Lahore came up with another initiative. The idea was to bring together all the student branches of Lahore Section and breathe a new life into student activities here. Over the previous year’s IEEE-NUCES has been the most active student branch. Now IEEE-GCUF has taken up that mantle but our commitment to helping the student’s remains firm. We got our inspiration from the GINI project of which our Chairperson, Mr. Ata Ullah Khan is the Lahore Section coordinator.

The first meeting was held in NUCES Lahore on the 1st of November, 2008. It was a huge success with participation and enthusiasm greater than expected. Under the calm guidance of Dr. Zaeem Jaffri (Student Activities Chair of Lahore Section) we have been able to revive some old branches and mobilize some stagnant branches. The 2nd meeting in this regard was held on 1st December, 2008 in UET Lahore. This was another milestone achieved in our effort because this marked the revival of IEEE-UET which had disappeared into oblivion after its glory days of the early 90’s when it was the largest branch in the whole of Asia and the 7th largest branch in the world. We hope that IEEE-UET will be able to scale similar heights again in the near future.

The meeting was preceded by an IEEE orientation in UET that was given by me. The presentation was well received by around 30 to 40 people. I was later told that they were all interested in joining IEEE and my presentation was meant as the final push. The general opinion was that I was able to get my point across convincingly enough.  This presentation is part of a sequence of presentations that we hope to give across different student branches of Lahore Section to raise awareness about IEEE and its benefits. The next presentation was supposed to be held at UMT on the 31st of December, 2008. It has been postponed due to some unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, at the moment, the next presentation will be in GCU Lahore on 3rd January 2009.

However, the next meeting of Lahore Section student branches will go on as planned at UMT on the 31st of December, 2008. The meetings in themselves have been lively events where students and branch exe members have come forward with their problems and we have tried to put our heads together and come up with solutions. During all this the guidance of Dr. Zaeem Jaffri has been invaluable. He has gently pushed us in the right directions. Unfortunately, the meetings have so far been unable to inspire the kind of activity that we were hoping for. That is not to say that there has been no activity at all. The branches have been mobilized and the IEEE orientation presentations I talked about earlier have been arranged nearly everywhere.

My hope is that by bringing together all the branches of IEEE Lahore Section we can help each other out in organizing bigger and better events for all the IEEE members of Lahore Section. IEEE-NUCES is very proud of its history and we hope to remain one of the leading IEEE student branches of Lahore section. The minutes of the two meeting I mentioned will be posted separately on this blog.

Dr. Zaeem has been encouraging us to post our activity reports as well as detailed plans on the blog. So far this request has been ignored by everyone including me. I hope to rectify this very soon with details of the IEEE-WEEK that is planned from the 4th of February to the 7th of February 2009. I will be looking forward to active participation of all the branches of Lahore Section to make this event a huge success.


Abdul Wasay Mughal

Vice Chairperson, IEEE-NUCES Lahore


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