According to PEC accreditation manual 2019 the main objective of an engineering institution shall be to have a meaningful impact on the society in which the engineers would practice their profession. To attain this objective industrial & institutional linkages are important and exceptionally productive to each other. This academia-industry linkage not only keep education quality up to date but also motivates students to know industry problems and provide solutions those are not only technically applicable but imparts key role in industry advancement. Implementation of Outcome Based Education (OBE) is meant to be useless until the strong bond between academia and industry be developed. In this regard, collaboration between the two has been becoming a critical component for progress of developing nations like Pakistan.
“Vision of Quaid-e-Azam College of Engineering and Technology (QCET), Sahiwal is playing a pivotal role in socioeconomic development of the country. QCET, Sahiwal is consistent to encourage and support academia industrial linkages in its own capacity. For this purpose, Placement Bureau Office (PB) was established in QCET, Sahiwal to have effective industrial connections. Its role has been further increased in academia-industry linkage. Two dedicated faculty members from Civil Engineering Department (CED) are working with Placement Bureau Office (PB). It is responsible to organize different activities for QCET, Sahiwal as shown below:
To facilitate students for industrial visits
To invite Professionals for career orientation and development of Student skills
To support & arrange internships for students in summer vacations
To help students in finding final year projects those are industrially relevant & have industrial consultancy.
Assessment / Evaluation of feedback from alumni & employer.
Develop graduates data bank of employment status & professional / educational profile through alumni portal on QCET website.
A departmental Industrial Advisory Board has been constituted in Civil Engineering Department that acts as a bridge between industry and the academic Civil Engineering Program. This Industrial Advisory Board will further enhance the role of industry in overall quality enhancement of the QCET, Sahiwal. Its role is broader as compared to the departmental Board of Studies that has at least one industry representative but is limited to curriculum review only. The board includes three prominent experts from the relevant industry and senior faculty members. Furthermore, IAB provides a platform to have an elaborate and effective mechanism for formal industrial feedback towards attainment of PEOs rather than focusing most of outcomes through alumni feedback. For the sake of defined purpose and professional development, several meetings have been arranged by IAB in QCET, Sahiwal. The functions of IAB are explained below;
• To analyze feedback from alumni & employer regarding attainment of PEOs and provided by the placement office.
• To give recommendations on revision of PEOs to Placement office.
Institute has state of art labs which are already being used for the commercial testing. This role is developing day by day with the expansion of QCET industrial linkages. Dedicated members in the QCET Placement Office are expanding and strengthening these relations by cooperation of linked industries and industrial members in the industrial advisory board (IAB).Department is planning to expand its role from testing to design and construction consultancies by the help of faculty members those have extensive exposure of design and construction organizations.
Institute is committed to provide maximum industrial exposure to the students in their academic life. From past many years visit to Nandipur Hydraulic Research Station is carried out for final year students. Now, department is planning to enhance this exposure and to increase the number of industrial visits on local and regional projects. This will improve the graduate’s exposure to different areas of civil engineering in the field.
with the collaboration of Placement office is arranging internships for the students in the different organizations. Placement office is responsible to supports and maintains data related to internships of students.