IEEE Day’s and IEEE POCO 2020-IEEE Karachi Section

Dr.Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, Chair for IEEE Karachi Section & M. Rafay Shaikh, Section Student Representative for IEEE Karachi Section

IEEE Day 1.0: Webinar on Leadership in IEEE (13th October 2020)

We all know that IEEE is not just renowned for its technical facets but is also widely known for cultivating highly motivated and skilled leaders equipped with the right arsenal to groom their way through their careers and professional lives. And IEEE Day 2020 is the best opportunity to guide students about what IEEE offers its members in terms of professional growth and what it’s like to be an IEEE leader. As such, IEEE Karachi Section Student Activities Committee organized a Webinar as part of the IEEE Day 2020 celebrations on 13th October 2020 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm with the profound and well-known Engr. Parkash Lohana, Chair of R10 Membership Development Committee, as the guest speaker.

Engr. Parkash Lohana gave a very motivational talk to student members and potential volunteers inspiring them about the vast number of resources and opportunities available to IEEE members and the benefit of membership in terms of leadership and professional growth. Around 60 participants attended the Webinar including prominent guests.

IEEE Day 2.0: Technology Awareness Programme (16th October 2020)

IEEE Day 2.0 was celebrated virtually. The main theme of the event was centered around TAP -Technology Awareness Programme. Students were motivated and felt responsible for the need to understand and participate in technological revolution, encouraging each other to serve humanity. There were professional speakers invited from national and international backgrounds, delivering Webinars upon emerging technologies and its importance.

IEEE Day 3.0 – Grand Celebration (17th October 2020)

IEEE Karachi Section Student Activities Committee organized a third event to celebrate IEEE Day 2020. This was our first physical event of 2020. All Student Branch Executive Officers were invited to come together on the occasion of IEEE Day 3.0 Celebrations on 17th October 2020 from 10:00 – 12:00pm. Almost 50 participants enthusiastically attended the event. The event involved a grand meeting followed by an interactive session and a fabulous cake-cutting ceremony. Several honored guests including Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, Chair of IEEE Karachi Section, Dr. Tariq Rahim Soomro, Vice Chair of IEEE Karachi Section and Engr. Parkash Lohana, Chair of R10 Membership Development Committee.

This event proved to be a splendid opportunity for Student Branch ExCom Members to interact and intermingle with each other and also become familiar with prominent members of the Section and SAC. They were also able to discuss important matters regarding the significance of their role as IEEE members and the IEEE community as a whole.

IEEE POCO by IEEE Karachi Section in Collaboration with IEEE R10 (21st November 2020)

IEEE Karachi section organized a virtual workshop IEEE PANEL OF CONFERENCE ORGANIZER (POCO) with the collaboration of IEEE Region 10 on 21st November 2020 for the universities of all over Pakistan with an aim to help them know how to organize topflight conferences by following the standards provided by IEEE. IEEE POCO also provides complete information for making an evaluation plan for research papers.

The event started with the name of Almighty Allah and recitation of Kalam E Quran E Paak. After that Dr. M. Shahid Shaikh initiated the event formally by his opening note. At 9:45 am the honorable Chair of IEEE Karachi Section Professor Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry addressed the audience regarding the significance of the conference which then led to the oration of Dr. Shahab Siddiqui in which he shared his experience from the conferences he had gained throughout his journey. After that, Dr. Shahid Shaikh provided a brief overview on the role of IEEE conference MOU which followed by the discussion of how to involve IEEE student volunteers by Sir Atif Fareed. Afterwards Section Treasurer Moiz Rehman Memon briefed the audience about the financial issues faced by conference organizers. He also explained how to make a budget plan and how the bank proceeds in its proceedings.

IEEE Karachi Section Vice Chair Dr. Tariq Soomoro delivered his thoughts about conference review process tools where he also told the audience how to avoid plagiarism in papers.  Dr. Asim Ur Rehman, Section Secretary shared insights about the gravity of the call for papers. IEEE Xplore education coordinator Dr. Sadiq Ali khan talked about IEEE Xplore’s importance, and provided information about the use of its tools. Our worthy Guest of Honor from India, Dr. S. N. Singh, R10 Vice Chair Technical Activities, delivered his disquisition about the development of conference theme based on current issues.  After which there was a panel discussion involving Dr. Tariq Somoroo, Moiz Rehman Memon, Dr. Saeed Khan Abroo, and Dr. S. N. Singh, moderated by Engr. Parkash Lohana. At last Section Chair Dr. Bhawani Shankar and Engr. Parkash lohana ended the day with a thanking note.