AIR UNIVERSITY, NAYATEL JOIN HANDS FOR STRENGTHENING INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA TIES

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ISLAMABAD, SEPT 24 (DNA) – Vice Chancellor Air University Air Marshal (R) Javaid Ahmed has said that Pakistan is a land of infinite opportunities, emphasizing that the Air University is making its best efforts to provide adequate training, skill development and career opportunities to tap the potential of the talented youth. 


He made these remarks during an MoU signing ceremony held at the Nayatel Corporate Office here at Islamabad. On the occasion, CEO Nayatel Wahaj-us-Siraj, Vice President HR & Admin Taimur Aziz Bhatti, Senior Manager HR Osama Farooqi, Ali Pervez Sultan and other officials were also present. On behalf of Air University, Director Student Affairs Fazaila Ali, Director ORIC Air Cdre (R) Afzaal Ahmed Khan, Assistant Director Sabah Uddin Qazi (Placement & Alumni Affairs) and Placement Officer Gulnaz Batool graced the ceremony.


The Vice Chancellor, while exchanging his worthy views, stated that the varsity is committed that its students must have industrial as well as academic exposure and experiences according to the needs of the modern era. Terming the inspiring struggle of Nayatel a success story and trendsetter for the entire Pakistani business community, the VC expressed that he would recommend university students to carry in-depth research studies and case studies on the organization.   
Earlier, CEO Nayatel Wahaj-us-Siraj, in his welcoming remarks, highlighted the key achievements of his company. “To be a role model of trust, we must set higher standards of quality and ensure adding positive values to the society,” he expressed, adding that Nayatel is one of the leading and fastest growing companies with a workforce of highly-qualified technical and managerial staff. 
DSA Fazaila Ali, during the discussion, highlighted different aspects of academia-corporate collaboration opportunities through research and job placements. According to her, AU Placement & Alumni Affairs is working on development of employee-ready skills among the students since they enrolled in the university. “The technical and soft skills are focused in a balanced way to meet the requirements of the demand-driven job market,” she said. On the occasion, VP HR Taimur also acknowledged that several AU alumni are currently working with Nayatel where many of them are holding senior positions. 
Chair Department of Electrical Engineering Prof. Dr. Waseem Khan expressed the need for bridging gaps between curriculum and industry skills particularly in the field of electrical engineering and telecommunication. “Air University always strives hard to ensure the course content is aligning with industry-driven knowledge and skills,” he said. Similarly, Director ORIC Air Cdre (R) Afzaal Ahmed Khan, who signed the MoU on behalf of Air University, also exchanged his views in order to promote the culture of research in Pakistani universities and strengthen industry-academia linkages.