A first formal meeting of the Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed, Vice President (R&E) comprised by the Worthy President of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) for all interdisciplinary Graduate Programs (MS and Ph.D.) in the University, was held here in Dr. Zafar Ansari Seminar Room at Faculty Block (Male Campus) of the university.

On this occasion Professor Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed, shared objectives for the formulation of the Steering Committee following the vision of the Worthy President, IIUI for implementation of IIUI Strategic Plan 2022-2026. The Steering Committee Meeting Chair discussed MS and PhD programs of Nanoscience & Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering. Dr. Shuja said that Interdisciplinary programs are top of the line market competitive trends for internationally research oriented programs across the globe while, in the wake of the university’s Strategic Plan we will include the markets top of the line programs for students choice during their admission at IIUI. VP (R&E) said that its a start of the new horizons of MS & PhD programs in the university.

The Chair also discussed the IIUI’s Faculty of Sciences, CIRBS and CAEPE’s jointly introduced new MS and PhD program in Nanoscience & engineering which is a top of the line market oriented program in the technology related disciplines. The committee reviewed and evaluated the proposal for introducing this program during the meeting. On this occasion the committee discussed input and valued suggestions from the members of the committee. Dr. Shuja added that the committee after following the formal process will submit its recommendations to the Academic Council for approval.

During the meeting the committee also discussed and evaluated the Energy Systems Engineering program in MS and PhD and obtained valuable suggestions from the members of the committee.

It is pertinent to mention here that as per the devised Terms and References (TOR’s), the Steering Committee would be responsible for the review of proposals for MS and Ph.D. programs, which are inter / multidisciplinary in nature and offered as inter-faculty / inter-departmental / inter-functional units basis, duly received from the program committees. The committee will recommend / suggest / devise frameworks for the smooth functioning including the academic, administrative and financial matters / business model pertaining to these programs in the university and assess the functional / conduct and quality of existing programs in the specific category and recommend the measures for improvement, competitiveness and sustainability.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Rehmat Elahi, Director Quality Assurance (QAD), Professor Dr. Muhammad Arfan Dean Faculty of Sciences, Dr. Sohail, In-Charge, Graduate Studies (DGS), Department Chairs / heads of functional units of Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences CIRBS, Physics, Center for Advanced Electronics in Photovoltaic Engineering CAEPE, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and official from Directorate of Graduate Studies (DGS), IIUI.

During the meeting all members deliberated their inputs during the meeting and at the end the Chair vowed that the team will follow the pragmatic approach for implementation new disciplines in sciences at IIUI so that academic excellence to deliver a quality education system and provision of the quality of education in a competitive environment can be assured in future