National University of Technology
THE BIRTH OF NUTECH
The idea of NUTECH was born in early 2015 based on the interactions with local industry in the context of Pakistan’s economic growth and consequent realization that the non-availability of well-trained human resource in the technical fields and dependance on imported technologies is seriously retarding our industrial growth. Discussions started about the poor quality of education in the realm of technical skills and technologies in Pakistan. The consensus developed that a model university was needed to educate Pakistan’s youth as future industrial leaders through higher education, in the realm of technology creations and innovations, and in the process, hopefully, stitch together a coherent technology framework for the country. The task was assigned to Engineer Khalid Asghar, a visionary and ardent supporter of creating indigenous technologies and improving the skill levels of the country.
The private musings of Khalid Asghar turned into discussions that slowly made it to higher tiers of government. With CPEC promising an economic revolution in a country where the external debt has risen almost continuously for the past decade, the idea of NUTECH was a breath of fresh air. A vision focusing on creation of technologies and vocational skills to enhance national self-reliance was not easy to dismiss. The Higher Education Commission bought the idea, but the main responsibility for executing the vision fell on Engineer Khalid Asghar, a dreamer and no stranger to grand visions. He took NUTECH to heart and changed it into “My-NUTECH”.
The first step that Khalid took was to create a hand-picked three members core team, Aftab Ahmed, Tariq Mahmood and Javed Iqbal. They immediately got to work, cutting through bureaucratic channels in trying to make a top-class university, even though they had little academic experience between them. In June 2017, they were joined by Dr Adnan, another visionary who could speak for hours on the benefits of creating indigenous technologies. The team’s efforts bore fruit, and on 21 August of the same year, a bill was passed by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology of Pakistan to establish a technology university under The National University of Technology Bill, 2017.
“In Pakistan, technological education sector has generally remained ignored and under developed. It is a well-known fact that the non-availability of well-trained human resource in the technical fields is seriously retarding our industrial growth. The situation is accentuated by the lack of recognition and virtual non-existence of the state of the art, higher education stream in the realm of technologies,” beamed a triumphant Aftab to the media, adding that NUTECH would redress this deficiency. The bill was subsequently passed by the National Assembly on 20th November, 2017, by the Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology on 10th January, 2018 and finally by the Senate on 26th January, 2018. The President’s assent was received on 22nd February, 2018.
Over the months, the team grew in size and confidence, and continued to progress at breath-taking speed. In August 2018, the team added another important member. Hard-working, brilliant and meticulous, Dr Shahid Iqbal joined the team as Dean of the University. NUTECH was now open for business. The first undergraduate class entered the University on 1st October 2018; hence the dream came true on this historic day.