MUET Alumni Get Together Canada, the much-awaited event, took place on the 15th of July 2023 at RC Taylor Hall, Mississauga Valley Community Centre in Mississauga, Canada. This momentous occasion marked the first-ever international gathering of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) alumni, drawing participants all over Canada. The event aimed to foster a sense of connection, inspiration, and celebration among the alumni of MUET.
The evening commenced with a warm welcome from the host, Engr. Sana Qalbani, who graciously greeted all esteemed guests, including Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, the Vice Chancellor of MUET, and Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, who played a significant role in organizing the event. Engr. Faisal Siddiqui, a dedicated member of the organizing committee and the General Secretary of the MUET Alumni Canada chapter, graced the stage to provide an introduction to the event and extend a warm welcome on behalf of the chapter. As an alumnus himself, Engr. Siddiqui gave a brief overview of the MUET Alumni Canada chapter, highlighting its inception, purpose, and also introduced the committee members including Engr. Rizwan Issani, Engr. Habib Memon, Engr. Raj Bansari and Engr. Shakeel Shaikh. He underscored the significance of alumni contributions towards their beloved alma mater. He also thanked Engr. Jawad Hussain Mangrio, who coordinated for the successful completion of this event.
During the event, the organizing committee presented a traditional Sindhi Ajrak to honor Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar for his remarkable contributions to the university. To commemorate the journey of MUET Jamshoro spanning six decades, a captivating video was screened, showcasing the institution’s growth and accomplishments over the years.
Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar, taking the podium, expressed his gratitude towards the MUET alumni residing in Canada for their hard work in making the event a reality. He recounted the inception and successful execution of the idea for the alumni get-together, crediting Prof. Dr. Tauha for his invaluable support. Additionally, he shared a heartfelt poetry written by Engr. Mansoor Zuffer, one of his Ph.D. supervisees, which was played on the screen. The audience was also treated to heartwarming messages and experiences shared by different alumni.
Next, Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, the Chief of Honor, took the stage to share his vision for MUET in 2030. Prof. Dr. Tauha delved into MUET’s timeline since its inception in 1963, highlighting key contributions and significant events that shaped the university over the past 60 years. He acknowledged the invaluable role of former principals and vice-chancellors, including Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman Memon, Prof. Dr. AQ Rajpoot, Prof. Dr. Aslam Uqaili, and Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar, in nurturing the institution’s growth.
Prof. Dr. Tauha emphasized the impact of alumni contributions and stressed the collaborative efforts required to elevate MUET further. The Vice-Chancellor discussed the various facilities provided by MUET and unveiled the institution’s ambitious 2030 vision, entitled “RISE,” which focuses on research and innovation, industrial liaison, sustainability, and educational excellence. He showcased the university’s ongoing projects, recent developments, and research initiatives. Prof. Dr. Tauha also shed light on MUET’s commitment to sustainability, making it the second-best university in Pakistan. Acknowledging the role of student societies and professional bodies at MUET, Prof. Dr. Tauha praised their dedication in organizing events such as TEDx and MUET MUN for students’ development.
In his concluding remarks, Prof. Dr. Tauha expressed gratitude to the organizers, friends, seniors, juniors, and batch mates for their involvement and support. A question-and-answer session by Prof. Dr. Tauha, followed the speech, during which different questions were asked about MUET and welcomed suggestions for improvement.
The organizers presented Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali with an Ajrak as a token of appreciation and awarded him a shield for organizing the first-ever international alumni event. Moving forward, shields were also presented to organizers by Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali for their efforts and dedication in the success of this event. The organizing committee: appreciated the efforts of sponsors and volunteers and presented to them Certificates of Appreciated; as a gesture of gratitude for their presence and support.
The grand MUET Alumni Get Together Canada event concluded with a delightful musical program that captivated the audience’s hearts. The musical extravaganza featured a diverse range of performances, including enchanting Sindhi, Urdu, and Punjabi songs, among others. The musical program served as a cultural bridge, transcending borders and bringing together the diverse backgrounds of MUET alumni from different regions. It was a true celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and its people.
The MUET Alumni Get Together Canada undoubtedly served as a testament to the enduring bonds between MUET alumni across continents and their unwavering commitment to their beloved university’s growth and progress, while also providing an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and promising future of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.