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No technology has had such a profound impact on human civilization in such a short span of time as Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The pervasive benefits of the technology are being experienced in every sphere of life; in fact, ICT has become a propellant of advancement and growth in all fields of human activity.
The above scenario puts immense responsibility on all those who are involved in conceiving, designing and specifying ICT systems. This requires technical acumen to assess the relative merits of various technologies along with the foresight to envisage their impact on the users of ICT systems and on the society as a whole.
As a result of above, Computer Science and Software Engineering have matured into established academic and professional disciplines, within a space of two decades.
The School of IT currently offers two programs of study namely BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering. Each program is spread over four years (8 semesters) of full time study and comprises 130 credit hours.
The School is equipped with adequate lab, internet and library facilities. Co-curricular activities are encouraged under the aegis of different student societies. BNU has a student exchange program with five Turkish universities under which students can spend one semester of their study in Turkey.
Job prospects for graduates of the School of IT are extremely bright. Most graduates are absorbed in the job market shortly after graduation. The School has received encouraging feedback from the industry about the performance of its graduates. A number of graduates have successfully pursued post-graduate studies at national and foreign universities. Quite a few graduates are working in European Union countries and the United States.
Computer Science (CS) Vs Software Engineering (SE)
CS has the same relation to SE as physics has to electrical engineering; the former deals with the principles of the discipline and the latter uses these principles in applied form. CS is inherently interesting because as new technologies evolve, they provide immense challenge to the inquisitive mind. On the other hand, SE has the attraction of identifying new methods to solve upcoming problems. To be effective, both disciplines should be hand in glove, with each having its own emphasis areas.
In response to a strong demand by IT industry for skilled software engineers, the School started the BSc (Hons) program in Software Engineering in 2007. During the last 10 years, the program has had remarkable success in terms of number and quality of applicants. Graduates of the program are now well received in the market. The program is accredited by the NCEAC, the affiliate body of the HEC. Recently the ranking of the program has been enhanced by NCEAC from Category Y to Category X.
Academic leaders of Computer Science are of the opinion that the CS curriculum needs to be updated at regular intervals, in view of the increasing importance of the discipline. For instance, there is resurgence in interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), which was dormant for many years, and has now become a promising area of applied research. Similarly, emerging areas like Internet of Things (IoT) need research on algorithms and structures that efficiently work on Big Data. After noting the above developments, the School launched the BSc (Hons) in CS with specialization in Data Science from Fall 2018. A No Objection Certificate (NOC) was granted by the HEC in August 2018 and the program was approved by the NCEAC in March 2019.
In designing the plan of studies, the School closely followed the updated HEC Curriculum 2017 of the above two programs. Under the aegis of the University, students have an opportunity to study liberal arts courses and broaden their learning experience. Both programs have an imprint of quality conscious approach of the Beaconhouse Group; a leader in the field of quality education in Pakistan.
The system of instruction followed by the School of IT places great emphasis on lab work in complementing the theory. Lab sessions are supervised and graded. In addition, the instructional processes are based on merit and students are managed in a professional and friendly environment. Great effort is undertaken by the School’s faculty to provide quality instruction in line with HEC guidelines. The efforts of the faculty are supplemented by a versatile Campus Management Solution (CMS) system.
The fifth annual edition of Project Demo Day which took place in July 2019, amply demonstrated that the School visibly improved its quality of instruction and students effectively used latest tools and technologies in developing their projects.
The faculty of the School actively pursue their research interests that encompass areas of Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Agent based modelling, Multi-lingual processing, e-learning and Internet applications. The School subscribes to a number of ACM journals and magazines.
Our Missions and Goals
The vision of the School of Computer and Information Technology is to prepare graduates who can compete academically, technically and professionally with the best in the country. To this end, the School places special emphasis on all areas which have an impact on the provision of quality education namely; quality of intake, curriculum development, selection of faculty, teaching methodology, examination system and co-curricular activities.
Dr. Khaver Zia
PhD (University of Manchester, UK)
Professor and Dean
Ms. Shazia Rizwan
MS (TQM), University of the Punjab
MS (Computer Science), University of Central Punjab
Assistant Professor and Head of Department (CS)
Dr. Natash Ali Mian
PhD (Computer Science), NCBA&E, Lahore
Assistant Professor and Head of Department (SE)
Mr. Syed Nouman Ali Shah
MS (Computing), National University of Singapore
MSc (Computer Science), UET, Lahore
Ms. Huda Sarfraz
MS (Computer Science), FAST-NUCES, Lahore
Ms. Sameen Reza
MS-CS (VU) Fulbright Scholar
Assistant Professor (On Study leave for PhD)
Ms. Amna Humayun
MS (Computer Science), FAST-NUCES, Lahore
Dr. Iftikhar Hussain
PhD (Computer Science) Hasselt University, Belgium
Mr. Saad Saleem Malik
MS-BIT, Beaconhouse National University
Dr. Abdul Qayyum
PhD (Statistics), GC University, Lahore
Dr. Saif ur Rehman
Mr. Adnan Majeed
MSc (CS), Virtual University
MCSE, CISCO and Linux Certifications
Teaching Assistant (Lab)
Mr. Haris Iftikhar
BBA (NCBA&E, Lahore)
Mr. Talha Nawaz
B.Com (Punjab University)
Research Interests of Faculty
The faculty of the School actively pursues its individual research interests. Active research areas are artificial intelligence, databases, e-learning, multilingual processing and computer education. A faculty member of the School has been awarded Fulbright Scholarship for pursuing PhD studies in the United States. The School subscribes to a number of ACM journals and magazines. The School of IT is member of the Oracle Academy.
Job prospects for graduates of the School of IT are extremely bright. Most graduates are absorbed in the job market shortly after graduation. The School has received positive feedback about the performance of its graduates from the software industry and corporate sector.
A number of graduates of the School have successfully pursued post-graduate studies at national and foreign institutions. Quite a few graduates are working in European Union countries and in the United States.
Co-curricular and Extra Curricular Activities
BNU has a number of student societies managed by different schools which provide co-curricular and recreational exposure to students. Students of the School of IT can join these societies keeping in view their individual interest.
The School organizes a number of Seminars and Guest Lectures during the year in which professionals from the industry are invited to give talks on topical issues.
Students of the School participate in IT competitions organized by other institutions. Besides honing their technical skills, such competitions serve as forums for exchange of notes on matters of professional interest.
BNU is located on a purpose-built 32-acre campus and has grounds for playing field games like cricket, football and basketball. The BNU Sports Office manages student participation in the above games.
Why Choose School of Computer and Information Technology?
- We have small number of students in a class so each student receives individual attention.
- We have large playgrounds for cricket, football and basketball.
- We have fully air-conditioned classrooms, labs and corridors.
- We have on-campus hostel and luxurious cafeteria.
- We groom our students with professional values.
- We can give up to 100% Scholarship to talented students.
- We pay special attention to the safety and security of our students.