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Sunday, 17 May 2020 00:00 In IT Tags
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Date and time: 13 April 2020, 4:00 PM-5:35 PM

A group of lecturers from the Information Technology Department, Ibri College of Technology, attended an IEEE webinar entitled "Successful Scientific Publishing: From the Project to the Advertising". The webinar was organised by IEEE CIS/GRSS Hyderabad Section, IEEE CIS/GRSS Jt. Chapter. It was delivered by Prof Alejandro Frery through the Cisco Webex Video Conference service on 13 April 2020, at 4:00 PM. 

Prof Frery is a full professor at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Brazil. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters for the period 2014 to 2018. He was one of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Distinguished Lecturers from 2015 to 2019.

The main goal of the webinar was to review the good scientific practices that may lead to more success and less stress for the active researcher. The webinar also intended to emphasise on the importance of reproducibility in every step of the research process: from the conception and writing of the proposal to the publication and support of the results.

The speaker started defining the key elements of a scientific publication and discussed the impact of accessibility on researchers. Moreover, the speaker shed light on the difference in reproducibility and replicability of a research paper, and the influence of these two terms on the research community. 

The second part of the talk was about the cornerstones of scientific research. The speaker identified three elements by which scientific research is built on: ethics, state-of-the-art and contribution. The speaker emphasised the code of ethics a researcher should follow and presented some real-life examples of malpractice done by some researchers and publication institutes. After that, the speaker stressed the importance of conducting a systematic literature review to provide a critical assessment of the current state-of-the-art. 

In the third part of the webinar, the speaker presented the main elements of a research project and how to develop the research idea and convert it into a successful project. Forming right research questions, doodling the research idea, organising the main concepts of the research and managing the time and expenses of the project were covered in this part. Moreover, the speaker gave a simple overview on how to prepare a manuscript using Latex. 

The last part of the webinar was on how to choose and approach a scientific journal highlighting the main differences between paywall and open-access journals. Additionally, the speaker shed light on how to carry out self-advertisement to spread your ideas to the rest of the world.

The webinar was attended by 220 participants from all over the word, out of which 12 participants were from Ibri College of Technology. The webinar concluded at 5:35 PM after the Questions and Answer session. 

 

 

Sunday, 10 May 2020 00:00 In IT Tags
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The Research and Consultancy Committee of the Information Technology Department, Ibri College of Technology, conducted an online workshop on Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 12 PM entitled “How to Write a Successful Research Paper”. The main objectives of the workshop were to highlight some of the best practices and strategies used in writing a successful research paper. The workshop was conducted online through Zoom Video Conferencing and attracted around 30 staff members from the Information Technology and Engineering Departments. It was delivered by Assoc. Prof Dr Hasanain Faisal Ghazi Habasha. He is an associate professor in Management and Science University (MSU), Malaysia. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers and is the author of five books related to research paper writing and publication. 

The workshop was conducted in two sessions. During the first session, the speaker gave insights on how to construct and write a good quality manuscript. Furthermore, he shed light on the general rules a researcher should follow while preparing a manuscript. Additionally, the speaker illustrated the publication process from the publisher’s perspective, highlighting the types of journals available today. 

In the second session of the workshop, the speaker introduced some online services provided by various publishers to help researchers select suitable journals. Among these services are Journal Finder from Elsevier, Journal Suggester from Springer and Journal Selector from Edanz. Moreover, the speaker gave an overview of predatory journals and how to detect these types of journals; in addition, he explained why researchers should avoid these journals. Additionally, the general stages of the journal’s review process were presented. The speaker also emphasised how to respond to the reviewers, in case your manuscripts have been conditionally accepted.

Lastly, a minutes were allotted for questions and answers, where our guest speaker answered attendees’ questions. The session concluded at 1:45 PM. The recordings of the two sessions are available online on the following links:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgDUqBgXBBc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d57C2ACOrw

Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:00 In Business Studies Tags
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Registration Committee of the Business Studies Department organized the Student Induction Programme in coordination with the Business Society, LRC (Learning Resource Committee) and CRC (Curriculum Review Committee) for the students joined in Diploma 1st Year in the AY 2019-2020, Semester 2, starting from 4th February 2020 to 6th February 2020.

The registration committee members highlighted the vision and mission of the college, organization structure, different courses offered in Business Studies Department, passing grades, assessment methods, probation status, course withdrawal, dismissal cases, and other details. Explained the role of advisors and how it helps the students in pursuing their studies especially while choosing a specialization and choosing the right combination of courses to optimize their learning. The registration committee members further advised the students to get in touch with their respective advisors constantly for further details. 

The business society committee members gave the details of student clubs in the business department and motivated the students to participate in those activities for their overall personality development. 

In addition, the LRC committee members also created awareness about the E- tools available in the college for an effective teaching-learning process in this programme. More than 60 students were benefits from these induction sessions.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:00 In Business Studies Tags
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The Health and Safety Committee – Department of Business Studies conducted a presentation on "Use of Fire extinguishers and Fire safety" on 14th November 2019 and 28th January 2020 for different levels of Business department students.  

Mr. Enthiyaz Khan, the Coordinator of Health and safety committee of the business department gave the presentation wherein he spoke on Fire Triangle, Fire extinguishing basic principles, Classification of Fire, Types of Fire extinguishers and method of using fire extinguishers, rules of fighting fire, and first aid for fire injury.  The presentation was well- organized which empowered the knowledge of students on fire safety.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 00:00 In Engineering Tags
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The Mechanical and Industrial Section, Engineering Department, conducted their Project Orientation Programme on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, at 12:00 noon in the Switchgear Laboratory (B017).

There was a small attendance of only 13 students because there was confusion due to a change in the venue.  There was a problem in the venue booking and it clashed with the Induction Programme of the College.  Some students who were not directed the changed location did not attend the programme.  However, the programme went on as usual despite of the limited audience.

Dr K. Elangovan, Head of Section, Mechanical and Industrial Section, spoke about how to properly do a project, how to request for materials and needed tools and equipment, how the students’ final marks are computed, and other relevant issues.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00 In Business Studies Tags
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The Students Research Committee (SRC) of Business Studies Department has organized “ORIENTATION FOR SENIOR PROJECT STUDENTS”, on 21st January 2020, between 12.00 Pm to 1.30 pm at the VIP Room. The purpose of the presentation is to train the project students about the project structure and how to prepare and submit a proposal to The Research Council (TRC). Dr. M.Tamilselvan Lecturer, Business Studies Department handled the session and demonstrated the project students how to undergo the project and prepare a quality report. Around 45 students and 13 staff members participated in the presentation from both advanced diploma and bachelor level project students. Dr.Anasar and Dr.M.Tamilslevan – Project- Coordinators have organized and coordinated the orientation program.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00 In IT Tags
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IT department organized a workshop on “How to access the resources available in Masader” on 16th January 2020 at 10:00 AM in Lab 223. Mr. Dilwar Islam Mazumder, Lecturer of Mathematics, IT department has conducted the workshop. The speaker briefly explained the history behind Masader and demonstrated the following 

  • How to login into Masader
  • How to search an item in Masader, filter the search option, searching category wise, basic search and advanced search.
  • How to link a resource in the CDP, citation, download, Email, and add the searched content into a folder for future use.

There was a question answer session at the end of the workshop. The workshop ended at 11:00AM.

 

Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00 In Quality Assurance Tags
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Ibri College of Technology conducted a 2-day end of semester staff gathering on 24-25 December 2019 to recap the achievements of the College and to foster camaraderie and enjoy recreational activities through games and fashion walk.

On day 1, the morning session consisted of indoor games, such as balloon blowing, face the cookies, treasure hunt, stack attack and fashion walk while the afternoon session consisted of outdoor games, such as tug of war, 100-meter race, cycle race and spoon walk.

On day 2, the awarding and closing ceremony was held at the Multipurpose Hall to sum up the College achievements in Semester 1, AY 2019-2020 and to distribute prizes to the games’ winners. During the ceremony, Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, College Dean, encouraged staff to work in harmony, to do the work within one’s ability and to be happy. Then Dean, Assistant Deans, academic and non-academic HoD/HoCs and the QAD Head gave a brief summary of their achievements.

Assistant Deans and HoD/HoC attendees were the following:

  1. Hafedh Al Rahbi, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
  2. Rashid Al Hinai, Assistant Dean for Administrative and Financial Affairs
  3. Nawal Al Sawafi, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
  4. Abdulrahman Al Ismaili, Business Studies Department Head
  5. Nasser Al Shammakhi, Engineering Department Head
  6. Ms Heba Qureshi, Quality Assurance Department Head
  7. Moza Al Balushi, Admission and Registration Department Head
  8. Mohammed Al Sakiti, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit Head
  9. Sultan Al Ghafri, English Language Centre Head of Section (ELP).

Ms. Heba thanked the QAD Officers, QA Coordinators and College Level Committee Chairs for their valuable contributions.

The next part of the event was the prize distribution to the winners. The table below shows the list of winners for the indoor and outdoor games:

SN

Indoor Game

Winner

 

1

 

Balloon Blowing

1st  Mr. Rashid Al Kalbani  (SA)

2nd  Dr. G. Kumarvel (ENG)

 

2

 

Face the cookies

1st Ms. Heba Qureshi (ELC/QAD)

2nd  Mr. Devasenapathy (ENG)

 

 

3

 

 

Treasure Hunt

Mr. Santhosh Byatappa (ENG)

Mr. Akram Pasha (BUS)

Mr. Ali Al Ghafri (SA)

Mr. Rashid Al Kalbani (SA)

 

4

 

Stack Attack

1st Mr. Rashid Al Kalbani (SA)

2nd Mr. Arnel Rayos Del Sol (ETC)

3rd  Ms. Amal Ashour Awad (ELC)

 

 

5

 

 

Fashion walk

1st  Mr. Enthiyaz Khan (BUS)

2nd Dr. Vijay Paduguri (BUS)

3rd Mr. Mohammed Riyaz (ENG)

 

SN

Outdoor Game

Winner

 

 

1

 

 

Tug of war

Mr. B. Santosh (ENG)

Mr. Devasenapathy (ENG)

Dr. Pugalarasu Rajan (IT)

Mr. Mohammad Faisal (BUS)

 

2

 

 

100-Meter race (Male)

1st Dr. Mohsen Amiri (ELC)

2nd  Dr. Abdulsalam Al Manthari (ELC)

3rd Mr. Ali Al-Ghafri (SA)

 

3

100-Meter race (Female)

1st Dr. Laly Antoney (BUS)

2nd Ms. Heba Qureshi( ELC)

 

 

4

 

 

Cycle race

1st  Dr. Abdulsalam Al Manthari (ELC)

2nd  Mr. Ali Al-Ghafri (SA)

3rd Mr. Aron James (ENG)

 

5

 

Spoon walk (Male)

1st  Mr. Aron James (ENG)

2nd Mr. Krishna Kumar (ENG)

3rd  Mr. Devasenapathy (ENG)

 

6

 

Spoon walk ( Female)

1st Dr. Ammani Ammal (BUS)

2nd Dr. Michelle Mendoza (ELC)

3rd Ms. Heba Qureshi (ELC)

Staff feedback was taken at the end of the second-day event to improve the upcoming end of semester staff gatherings.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:00 In Business Studies Tags
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Ibri College of Technology, represented by Mr Mohammed Al-Sakiti, HRM lecturer, Ms Sabha Al-Manthari and Ms Sadaa Al-Shukri, HR Officers, participated in the 5th Annual Conference in Human Resources (HR) field from 10 to 12 December 2019 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center. The conference was organised by the Omani Society for Human Resources Management (OSHRM), the first and only such entity in Oman, run by members from both the private and public sectors, to exchange knowledge, experiences and practices in the field of HR. The main aim of the conference was to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and practitioners on a common platform to share their practical experiences with the audience. 

          On the first day, a series of workshops were delivered on different HR-related topics, including talent management, creating a mentally healthy workplace, the art of building and measuring employee experience, building a coaching culture, and building HR capability to support leaders. On the second day of the conference, Dr Ghalib Al-Hosni, the President of OSHRM, delivered an opening speech to the audience and briefed them about the agenda of the conference. Local and international speakers discussed several issues in businesses such as the power of autonomy, the culture of leadership, the importance of emotional intelligence, coaching for powerful transformation, and harnessing excitement in the workplace. On the third day, different topics were discussed, including the landscape of future jobs, HR at the heart of technology, recruitment and technology, human capital, and access to professional and educational opportunities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

 

Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00 In Quality Assurance Tags
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The QAD conducted an awareness session for IT students in order to inform them of the importance of QA and in order to prepare them for the upcoming OAAA audit 2020 on Tuesday 24 September 2019 in the VIP Room.

The awareness sessions oriented the students on OAAA audit, policies related to students, the quality audit in 2013 outcomes, the actions taken following the audit, the importance of QA to students and the college. Several other issues related to QA were also discussed.

This awareness session was conducted by QA officers Dr. Abdulsalam Al-Manthari and Ms. Basma Al-Alawi. 

Dean of the College, Dr. Hamdan Al-Manthari graced the session and emphasized the importance of student engagement and being aware of QA and the OAAA Audit. Students actively interacted with the College Dean and with QAD officers during the session. Mentimeter was used to get feedback from students and it showed that 90% of students benefited from the sessions and believe that future awareness sessions should be conducted.

QAD will continue conducting awareness sessions for all College students and staff in order to increase their awareness of QA and increase their preparedness for the OAAA audit.

 

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