Supporting Undergraduate Researchers in Pakistan

A new program transforms the field of research in the country

9 October 2013

Photo: IEEE Research and Development Program in Pakistan (RDPP)

Members of the IEEE Research and Development Program in Pakistan: (Left to Right) Yusra Adil, Tooba Mujtaba, Muhammad Saqib Jamil, Ahsan Saeed, Sarang S. Sheikh, Muneeb Islam, Rabeet Sagri, and Waqas Sangi
RDPP_Image2 At this year's Region 10 Congress, Anwar Ahmed Sabri, Director of IEEE Region 10 Toshio Fukuda, and Ahsan Farooqui. Photo: IEEE Research and Development Program in Pakistan (RDPP)

One of the fastest-growing research and development platforms in our country that train researchers at the undergraduate level is the IEEE Research and Development Program in Pakistan. Our goal is to help students develop new ideas and methods in their field. We provide resources such as educational materials, funding, and professional development trainers who help students push the technology boundary.

We have taken many steps to bridge the gap between research students and industry professionals and entrepreneurs by holding workshops, seminars, and national conferences. We also try to empower students through a variety of programs and projects such as the Summer Technical Scholarship Program, a collaboration with the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Trainings Institute, and the Abroad Scholarship Program to support students who would like to conduct their research overseas.

RDPP was also honored with the IEEE Student Enterprise Award, which provides financial support for students to develop their projects. This is the first time since 2006 a student initiative like ours received such a significant honor in Pakistan.

Our technical project “Automatic Car Parking System” is in progress with Agha Khan University, in Karachi. The IEEE Karachi Section also offers undergraduate researchers the opportunity to participate in a summer research program to build upon their expertise. A number of students throughout the world come together to learn applied research skills under the supervision of professional staff.

Our international ambassadors, Anwar Ahmad Sabri and Ahsan Farooqi, introduced IEEE RDPP at  the 2013 Region 10 International Gold/WIE/Student Congress. Students from different countries, as well as IEEE leaders including IEEE President Peter Staeker, showed their appreciation for our work. Many students expressed keen interest in starting up an IEEE RDP in their respective countries, too. 

Our vision is to empower young engineers in research and technical skills. We hope to fill the gaps between what is taking place in the industry and the schools to provide value to students so that they have the ability to improve the future of our world. 

IEEE RDPP is an initiative of Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). Visit its website and Facebook page.

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