School of Computer & IT

BNU's School of Computer & IT prepares students for the digital age, offering comprehensive programs aligned with HEC standards. With hands-on lab sessions and a focus on merit, students gain practical skills. Faculty-led research in AI, databases, and more enriches the academic environment. Graduates enjoy high employability, industry recognition, and international opportunities.

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“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.”
DEAN’S MESSAGE

Inspiring excellence,

Information Technology comprises a combination of hardware and software systems to provide solutions for an ever-growing number of applications. The Internet has become an indispensable part of our daily lives and it is hard to imagine a world functioning normally without it. In this context, it is vital to prepare skilled IT professionals who have the ability to solve problems of today and adapt themselves to tackle issues of the future. The BNU School of IT is in a good position to make its contribution in order to fulfill this crucial requirement of IT manpower.

Through experience, the School of IT has determined that in order to make a positive contribution, the highest priority must be accorded to imparting quality education. To this end, the school places emphasis on all-round quality standards that embrace student intake, curriculum development, selection of faculty, teaching methodology, assessment and co-curricular activities. These standards become the means to achieve the School’s Vision of preparing graduates who can compete academically, technically and professionally with the best in the country.

Prof. Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz

Dean, School of Computer and Information Technology (SCIT)

SCIT PROGRAMS

Empowering Lives Through Diverse Programs of Study

Department of Computer Science

The School of IT currently offers two programs of study namely BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and BSc (Hons) in Management and Business Computing. Each program is spread over four years (8 semesters) of full-time study and comprises 130 credit hours. Both programs have an imprint of the quality-conscious approach of the Beaconhouse Group; a leader in the field of education in Pakistan. In relation to the core plan of studies, the school closely follows the HEC curriculum. To satisfy University Elective requirements, students have an opportunity to study cross-disciplinary courses from other BNU schools, thereby broadening their learning experience.


Department of Software Engineering

The School of IT has recently been relocated into its new premises comprising newly designed labs, equipped with latest-model computers. These facilities are complemented by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Co-curricular activities are encouraged under the aegis of different student societies. Students are eligible to receive funding for their Final Year projects from National R&D Fund’s IGNITE program. BNU has a student exchange program with a few Turkish universities under which students can spend one semester of their study in Turkey. Similarly, students can undertake a summer program at BNU’s partner institution in the USA; namely Millersville University, Pennsylvania. Job prospects for graduates of the School of IT are extremely bright. Graduate surveys show that 90% of graduates are employed within a few months of their 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.


Department of Information Technology

The School of IT has recently been relocated into its new premises comprising newly designed labs, equipped with latest-model computers. These facilities are complemented by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Co-curricular activities are encouraged under the aegis of different student societies. Students are eligible to receive funding for their Final Year projects from National R&D Fund’s IGNITE program. BNU has a student exchange program with a few Turkish universities under which students can spend one semester of their study in Turkey. Similarly, students can undertake a summer program at BNU’s partner institution in the USA; namely Millersville University, Pennsylvania. Job prospects for graduates of the School of IT are extremely bright. Graduate surveys show that 90% of graduates are employed within a few months of their 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.


FACULTY AND STAFF

Our team,

Prof. Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz

Prof. Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz

Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz, a distinguished academic and researcher, recently joined Beaconhouse National University (BNU) as the Dean of the School of Computer & IT, bringing extensive experience from academia and industry to his new role. Previously, he served as Director of the Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC) and Advisor to the Faculty of Engineering & Technology at Superior University, Lahore, where he was instrumental in transforming it into a leading research and development (R&D) organization with a focus on innovation and commercialization. At Sir Syed CASE Institute of Technology, Islamabad, as Founding Vice Chancellor and Professor, he introduced world-class academic programs in engineering, computing, business, and management, and managed the institute’s finances during challenging times while securing substantial research funding. Before his tenure at Sir Syed CASE Institute of Technology, Dr. Bazaz was a Foreign Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), where he made significant contributions to MEMS research and established research labs. His industrial experience includes roles such as Senior Staff Scientist at the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation, managing MEMS programs, and Assistant Professor at Denmark Technical University, focusing on microsystems modeling and simulation. Dr. Bazaz’s strong collaboration with industry and academic institutions, both locally and internationally, includes developing syringe pumps for intensive care units and software tools for medical diagnostics. He has secured numerous research grants for pioneering projects in MEMS technology and healthcare, such as a MEMS gravimeter, high-resolution nano-g MEMS accelerometer, and indigenous automatic syringe pumps for COVID-19 patients. Dr. Bazaz is widely recognized for his academic research, with numerous publications in prestigious journals and presentations at international conferences. He has also served as an evaluator and reviewer for various academic and research institutions and has held leadership positions, including General Secretary of the Islamabad Chapter of the All Private Universities Association of Pakistan (APSUP). Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz brings a rich blend of academic expertise, industry experience, and leadership skills to his role at BNU, poised to significantly contribute to the institution's growth and development.

Ms. Shazia Rizwan

Ms. Shazia Rizwan

Ms. Shazia Rizwan, a Senior Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science, boasts 17 years of teaching experience in higher education. She serves as an external examiner for MS(TQM) thesis work at IQTM, Punjab University, and is also a dedicated Mozilla volunteer for Urdu localization. Her areas of special interest span Educational Quality Management and Database Design.

Dr. Natash Ali Mian

Dr. Natash Ali Mian

Dr. Natash Ali Mian is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Software Engineering at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore. With a PhD and MS in Computer Science from SZABIST, Islamabad and NCBA&E, Lahore, respectively, he brings over 18 years of teaching and professional experience to his role. Dr. Mian has authored over 20 publications in international conferences and journals, presenting his research at various national and international forums. His areas of expertise include Software Engineering, Requirement Engineering, Database Modeling, and Software Quality Assurance, among others. He also serves as a supervisor and external examiner for undergraduate final year projects and MS/M.Phil theses at multiple universities, in addition to being a reviewer for numerous national and international journals.

Mr. Syed Nouman Ali Shah

Mr. Syed Nouman Ali Shah

Syed Nouman Ali Shah brings a decade of teaching experience coupled with two years of industry expertise to his role. His areas of interest encompass Software Design & Architecture, Algorithms Refinement, Design Patterns & Frameworks, Enterprise Systems, Information Systems Development & Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Technology Management & Consulting, and Technopreneurship, with a keen focus on Systems Thinking. Notably, he is a Professional Member of both the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) USA and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) USA. Additionally, he has presented and published a paper in the proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Business Management 2011, titled

Ms. Huda Sarfraz

Ms. Huda Sarfraz

Ms. Huda Sarfraz, holding the position of Senior Assistant Professor, is a distinguished academic with a rich background in speech and natural language processing. With seven years of dedicated research experience in these domains, she has contributed significantly to the field through her insightful investigations and scholarly endeavors. Ms. Sarfraz is also recognized for her role as an author of several research papers, demonstrating her expertise and commitment to advancing knowledge in her field. Beyond academia, she has served as a Mozilla regional representative and Urdu localization manager, showcasing her leadership skills and dedication to community engagement through volunteer positions. With her diverse experiences and expertise, Ms. Huda Sarfraz continues to make invaluable contributions to academia and the broader research community.

Mr. Asim Irshad

Mr. Asim Irshad

Mr. Asim Irshad, serving as a Lecturer, brings a wealth of practical experience and pedagogical expertise to his role. With a background as a full-stack mobile app developer for two years, he possesses comprehensive knowledge of mobile application development, honed through hands-on experience in the industry. Additionally, Mr. Irshad has served as a Computer Science instructor for 1.5 years, where he imparted his expertise to students in various courses including Front-end Web Development, Programming Fundamentals, ICT, and Mobile Computing. His role as an undergraduate final year student supervisor underscores his commitment to guiding and mentoring aspiring professionals, ensuring their successful transition from academia to the industry. Through his blend of industry experience and academic rigor, Mr. Asim Irshad plays a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of computer scientists and empowering them with the skills needed for success in the digital age.

Ms. Nimra Abbas

Ms. Nimra Abbas

Ms. Nimra Abbas is deeply immersed in the realms of information retrieval, text mining, and machine learning. With a focused research agenda, she delves into the intricate nuances of these fields, exploring novel methodologies and innovative approaches to uncover insights and drive advancements. Ms. Abbas brings a keen analytical mind and a passion for discovery to her role, continuously pushing the boundaries of knowledge and contributing to the ever-evolving landscape of computer science. Through her dedication to research excellence, she plays a vital role in expanding the frontiers of understanding in her areas of expertise, paving the way for transformative breakthroughs and real-world applications.

Ms. Hamna Anwar

Ms. Hamna Anwar

Ms. Hamna Anwar recently assumed the role of Lecturer at the School of Computer and Information Technology. She earned her Master's in Computer Science from FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, in 2020. Prior to her current position, she gained valuable experience in the tech department at Telenor, Pakistan, where she excelled as a UI/UX Engineer. With a keen interest in UI/UX and Machine Learning, Ms. Anwar brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, poised to make significant contributions to the field of computer science.

Ms. Rubab Nadeem

Ms. Rubab Nadeem

Ms. Rubab Nadeem is a dedicated Lecturer with a keen focus on mathematics. Her expertise lies in areas such as Partial Differential Equations, Calculus, Numerical Analysis, and Linear Algebra. With a solid foundation in both theoretical and applied mathematics, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching. Additionally, Ms. Nadeem possesses advanced skills in programming languages such as Matlab and Python, enabling her to integrate computational methods seamlessly into her instructional approach. With a passion for mathematics and a commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts among her students, Ms. Nadeem is a valuable asset to the academic community.

Ms. Amna Rafiq

Ms. Amna Rafiq

Ms. Amna earned her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. She continued her academic journey by attending the Virginia Tech Graduate School, where she pursued studies in Computer Science & Applications while also serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In 2015, Ms. Amna participated in the Women's Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE) program, sponsored by the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) at the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic achievements were recognized when she was awarded the Best Performance Gold Medal as Esena Foundation's Star Student in 2005.

Mr. Ubaidullah Azeem

Mr. Ubaidullah Azeem

Mr. Ubaidullah Azeem earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from NUST, SEECS Islamabad. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science at LUMS, focusing on areas such as Deep Learning and Computer Vision. Additionally, he has a strong interest in Generative AI and Language Models.

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BNU Talks: CEO Systems Limited Explores the Future of IT

Mr. Asif Peer delivered an insightful discourse on the "Future of Information Technology" at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) as part of the ongoing BNU Talks: Distinguished Lecture Series organized by SCIT. Mr. Asif Peer, a distinguished figure in the Information Technology sector, currently holds esteemed positions as CEO, Managing Director, and Member of the Board of Directors at Systems Limited. Mr. Peer has played a pivotal role in shaping the growth and success of Systems Limited, executing strategic initiatives in alignment with the company's vision and mission. Under Mr. Asif Peer's leadership, Systems Limited has won four consecutive Forbes Asia's Best Under a Billion awards (2020-23). His dedication and leadership have propelled Systems Limited to new heights, earning accolades such as the Microsoft Business Applications Inner Circle and Asia Money's Most Outstanding Company award for three consecutive years (2021-2023), along with SAP EMEA awards, PSEB IT Export Awards, and multiple P@SHA ICT Awards. In recognition of his unwavering commitment to excellence and exceptional contributions to the IT sector, he was honored with the presidential award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, in 2022. During his recent address at the Distinguished Lecture Series organized by the School of Computer & IT (SCIT) on February 20th, 2024, Mr. Peer expounded upon the imperative of establishing a robust groundwork in core computing concepts. Emphasizing the indispensability of this foundation, he underscored the significance of comprehending fundamental principles such as algorithmic efficiency, data structures, computational complexity, and software engineering paradigms. Mr. Peer illuminated how proficiency in these foundational pillars forms the bedrock for navigating the intricate landscapes of emerging technologies, including quantum computing. Central to Mr. Peer's discourse was the spirit of perpetual learning and adaptability, which he deemed essential for professional growth and success in the dynamic IT ecosystem. Advocating a mindset characterized by openness to new ideas and technologies, he urged attendees including students of different departments and academic semesters, to transcend conventional boundaries and embrace innovation. Furthermore, Mr. Peer emphasized the need for individuals to transcend the confines of rigid thinking and embrace the transformative potential of emerging technologies. In the interactive Q&A session that ensued, Mr. Peer addressed pertinent issues surrounding technology adoption and stakeholder engagement. Stressing the importance of clarifying tangible benefits to stakeholders, including strategies for overcoming resistance to technological change and fostering organizational buy-in. Moreover, Mr. Peer underscored the holistic nature of professional development, highlighting the significance of cultivating technical expertise and fostering a mindset characterized by resilience, adaptability, and proactive learning. Furthermore, Mr. Peer offered an in-depth probe of the emergence and spread of generative AI, clarifying its long-term influence on several IT-related issues. Using his extensive experience, he provided practical advice on using generative AI to spur innovation and gain an edge over competitors across a range of industrial sectors. The thought-provoking talk was an effort to explore the boundaries of leadership excellence and technology innovation at SCIT's Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Asif Peer embodied intellectual curiosity and creative leadership while providing priceless insights into the revolutionary path of information technology. His speech inspired a shared dedication to innovation and lifelong learning in both seasoned practitioners and aspiring experts.

SCIT Achieves Success at All Punjab Universities Expo 2023

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) takes immense pride in announcing the noteworthy achievements of its School of Computer and Information Technology (SCT) students at the All Punjab Universities Expo 2023, held at the Expo Center Lahore. Amongst the 44 participating universities, BNU SCT stood out prominently, showcasing three exceptional projects that garnered attention and acclaim. SocialSense, developed by Ibraheem Omer & Huzaifa Ejaz, presented a groundbreaking social media comments classifier utilizing Generative AI to excel in both Urdu and English. Ammara Amin & Awais Ameen's "Bolt" introduced a locally sourced 3D printer prototype meticulously designed for accessibility to our local audience. Additionally, Jahanzaib Tanveer & Hamza Leghari impressed with "PlayTube," a captivating web gaming platform. The culmination of this success was SocialSense clinching the 1st prize in the IT & CS category, earning a prestigious Rs. 100,000 and securing a coveted spot in the upcoming China Expo. This victory is particularly commendable, considering the intense competition with over 800 applicants, 450 shortlisted projects, and representation from 48 universities across eight project categories. BNU extends a resounding congratulations to all the SCIT students from the 3rd and 4th years who actively participated in the event, contributing significantly to the dynamic showcase of innovation. The School of Computer and Information Technology at BNU remains steadfast in its commitment to inspiring and leading in the realm of technology.

Hosts Hackathon on "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation"

Beaconhouse National University's (BNU) School of Computer and Information Technology (SCIT) recently organized the "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation" hackathon as part of the 2024 design summit. The event, held on March 9, 2024, saw enthusiastic participation from over 50 students, including final year and third-year students from the SCIT department. We are thrilled to announce and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the students who emerged as winners of the hackathon. Congratulations to Hasnain Ahmed, Wahab Semi, and Amber Razzaq for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to excellence in the realm of "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation." The success of the hackathon would not have been possible without the guidance and support of esteemed individuals who contributed their expertise to the event. Dr. Nauman Shahid, leading the Sensor Systems Team at Qualcomm Ireland, brought his specialization in low-power edge AI, machine learning (ML), and digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms to enrich the event. Aqeel Arshad, a seasoned "Staff Engineer" at ams-osram, shared his expertise in optical sensors and his passion for IoT and social initiatives. Additionally, the valuable contributions of faculty members from BNU played a significant role in shaping the success of the hackathon. Usman Nazir, an Assistant Professor specializing in machine learning and computer vision for socio-economic insights, provided invaluable guidance and support to the participating students. Nimra Abbass, a lecturer at BNU with expertise in machine learning, data mining, and information retrieval, also contributed her expertise to enhance the learning experience of the participants. The hackathon not only provided students with a platform to showcase their technical skills and creativity but also fostered collaboration and innovation in addressing real-world challenges related to urban innovation and environmental conservation. BNU extends its heartfelt congratulations to all participants and expresses gratitude to the faculty and industry experts for their invaluable contributions to the success of the event. We look forward to witnessing more innovative initiatives and accomplishments from our talented students in the future.

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