Message by Dean IST for Graduate Students
Dear Graduate Students,
I hope you and your families are safe, healthy and in high spirits against the challenging environment created by COVID19.
As you all know that all universities have been closed till 31st May on directives of HEC, however, there remains uncertainty in resuming regular classes from 1st June depending upon the spread of COVID19. Therefore, it has been decided to continue teaching with the help of online lectures during the shutdown period to reduce any expected delay in completion of your degree programs.
We are fully aware of difficulties being faced in online lectures and understand that online lectures cannot be 100% replacement of regular classes. Therefore, it has been decided that regular classes for 3 weeks will be conducted, when IST re-opens, to review and cover remaining course to supplement the online lectures as follows:-
- The current pace of online lectures would be reduced, especially, during the month of Ramadhan
- No midterm exam will be held, however, graded assignments will be given to students
- Regular classes of 3 weeks (1st ~ 19th June) would be conducted to review online lectures and to cover missed contents.
- End Semester Exam will be held in the 4th week (22nd ~ 26th June) after university re-opens
- God willing, Insha Allah Fall-2020 semester will start as per schedule on 14th Sep 2020.
With your support, understanding and commitment; IA we will be successful in achieving our goals by the Grace of Allah Almighty
Important Message from VC IST - Major General Rehan Abdul Baqi, HI(M), (Retd)
My Dear " Proud Istians ",
I hope and pray that you all are fine, staying positive and looking after yourselves and your families.
We have carried out exhaustive consultations with all stake holders including students, parents, faculty and other Institutions / Engineering Universities. As per the current directives of Government of Pakistan / HEC, we have chalked out a comprehensive plan to cater for the present contingency – which is that the University opens on 1ST Jun 2020 – by the Grace of Almighty Allah. Please read this carefully, and don’t forget, I need your whole hearted and unflinching support on this issue.
- Your health and safety and that of your family/community.
- Cater for major issues like the quality of instruction, connectivity challenges, labs, exams/evaluations, FYPs, convocation etc.
- Have reasonable flexibility to readjust if we can’t open on 1st Jun 2020 – with a view to "Not to lose your Semester" as far as humanly possible.
|From now ~ 21 May
||On line classes at a reasonable pace keeping in view the shortcomings of such an undertaking. Further readjust in Ramazan – if required.
|24th May ~ 29th May
||Eid ul Fitr Holidays
|1st Jun ~ 12th Jun
||2 Weeks for Labs/Theory revision
|15th Jun ~ 19th Jun
||Mid Term Exam
|22nd Jun ~ 17th Jul
||4 weeks for Labs/Theory revision
|20th Jul ~ 24th Jul
||End Semester Exams
|27th Jul ~ 11th Sep
||6 Weeks Summer Vacations including Eid Ul Azha (other than FY students)
|17th Aug ~ 21st Aug
||Commencement of Fall 2020 Semester – Insha Allah
QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION
While we understand the limitations of “Off Campus” teaching, we definitely don’t have any other choice. Please do keep in mind that it’s something new for your faculty as well – but, believe me – they are making every possible effort to improve it constantly. I expect you now to fully focus on your studies, take notes of all clarifications that may arise and get answers from faculty later and with fellow students. Form groups where weaker student be helped/supported in whatever way possible. Help those students who have connectivity issues by sending recorded CDs or USB (your department can assist you in this regard also)
Relevant authorities are aware of this issue. Efforts are in hand in HEC to ensure a national level effort to mitigate this challenge. Government is seeking special connectivity and packages for students with Mobile Service Providers all across the country. A special effort is also being undertaken with SCO for GB and other remote areas.
I require your unflinching support and understanding on this. This challenge calls for a united response. History will never forget or forgive those who wasted their time and the times of others in being critical and cynical and casting doubts. Please don’t be part of such negative effort. Stay positive, stay resolute. Together, we will improve on a daily basis. Your difficulties never leave my mind even for a second, but I assure you of our very best efforts – Insha Allah.
Stay blessed – can’t wait to see you on 1st Jun – by the Grace of Allah SWT.
It’s quite number of days that university is closed under the prevailing conditions. We are very much concerned about you and your families. You are advised to adhere to all precautionary measures being committed by Govt through various means. RESTRICT YOURSELF TO HOMES AND AVOID SOCIALISATION. This is the easiest way to fight this problem.
You are advised to please communicate weekly about your health on IST mail. In case anyone is caught with Corona virus, someone from family must inform us on 03315244266. We shall pursue for all possible help.
You must also Fill This Form if you have been tested Positive with COVID-19
Best of Luck
Regards. Dean IST
All students are advised to remain in contact with their Academic Coordinators and Instructors for getting update on posting of online lectures on whatsApp groups being created for this purpose. Online lectures will be regularly posted by instructors on weekly basis.
As per the orders of Federal Government, it is decided that IST will remain closed for all students till 5th April 2020 with immediate effect. However, arrangements have been made for online classes/lectures by the respective departments. All students are advised to stay at homes and adhere to the instructions issued by the government and medical authorities to avoid the risk of spread of COVID-19. The situation will be reviewed on 5th April 2020 for any further decision and will be displayed on IST website