|Introduction to FIT
The Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS) was established in 1993 with the aim to produce highly skilled people; generally in the field of Information Technology, and particularly in Computer Science. In 2002, the Institute became Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), University of Central Punjab, after attaining the degree awarding status.
FIT shares the passion and objective of our parent organization, which is to serve the nation by producing outstanding IT professionals, through exceptional teaching, training and research activities. The goal of this faculty is to take people with raw talent and intellect, nurture them in our environment through a thorough immersion in research and coursework, and produce talented computer scientists and researchers with strong understanding of IT practices.
The number of students in our faculty has increased considerably over the past few years due to our commitment to maintain high standards of education. The curricula of the programs offered meet the minimum requirements of HEC and are reviewed regularly by our faculty and relevant boards to keep pace with new developments in the field of IT, so that our students always stay updated.
Along with core courses, elective courses are offered to enhance practical knowledge of the students as well as to orient them with real world business practices. During studies, students are trained to the highest professional standards which, in turn, enhance their employment opportunities.
FIT offers degree programs in the following disciplines:
- Computer Science
- BS Computer Science
- MS Computer Science
- PhD Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
- BS Computer Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering are the fields that focus on solving problems with computers. These are dynamic disciplines positioned at the cross roads of many fields in mathematics, science and engineering. It brings together theory, abstraction and design of computing devices, programs and systems to solve a verity of problems in all areas of human endeavors.
Computer Science and Engineering encompasses the methodology, tools, techniques and theory of how information is derived, stored, manipulated and communicated. Because of its importance to our world, computer science and engineering are extremely exciting fields of study that continues to grow at a rapid pace.
FIT has highly qualified faculty specialized in various fields of computer science from renowned universities of USA, Australia, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria. The strength of our faculty is in their dedication to education and involvement in diversified research areas to which they have made a remarkable contribution. They are dedicated to develop professionals with theoretical and practical skills in the field of computer science and engineering. Students are extended every possible guidance and support by faculty and administration during their entire learning experience with us. FIT has produced outstanding professionals and educators who are serving in renowned national and international organizations. In addition, our graduates are also pursuing higher studies in well-reputed universities abroad.
We believe that well-equipped laboratories and appropriate research facilities play a key role in training and development of IT professionals. To facilitate this process of learning in computational and experimental skills, we have project-based as well as general-purpose laboratories. To assist R&D activities, faculty members and students are fully backed by Center for Research in Computer Science (CRCS), campus wide network connectivity and computing infrastructure maintained by highly qualified technical and support staff.
The vision of FIT is to provide students a strong foundation in theory and practice of computer science as well as computer engineering. The ultimate aim is to help them developing into knowledgeable, conscientious professionals and lifelong learners who are able to create and implement the latest computing technologies for the promotion of industry and betterment of society.
Department of Computer Science:
The Faculty of Computer Science aims to train the next generation of computer scientists in broad scientific and technical skills needed for initial employment. The main objective of the program is to help students developing core knowledge of principal areas of computer science including theory of algorithms, data structure, software design, concepts of programming languages and computer architecture.
Built over a twenty-year tradition of excellence, Computer Science (CS) Department seeks to engage in cutting-edge research, and to lead society into the new age of extensive learning. Its mission is to resolve an array of important open problems that may occur in the society of tomorrow, including quality of life, health, environment, and energy. The Computer Science Department seeks to produce tomorrow’s leaders in education, research, industry, and public policy, who will shape the future of society; not just armies of programmers. To lead the field of computer science, CS graduates need to be proficient not just in computer science research but also to be creative and out-of-the-box thinkers. They need to have interdisciplinary skills, ability to work with others, to communicate effectively and act responsibly.
The mission of the CS Department transcends beyond disciplinary boundaries. The department wishes to strengthen, socially, by other academic disciplines through computational problem solving and to expand the horizons of the Computer Science discipline by considering the research challenges of other fields. The department’s mission entails the education of next generation students who are capable of applying existing solutions and can innovate at the intersection of multiple scientific fields. The CS Department has always enjoyed a strong interdisciplinary focus with high societal impact, in both research and education.
Center for Research in Computer Science (CRCS):
The purpose of CRCS is to provide resources for research and development based on initiatives of students and faculty at FIT. We encourage students and faculty to excel in their area of interest through senior design projects, theses and dissertations. Through these specialized research and development based projects and courses, students are encouraged to stay abreast of changes and developments in the field of IT. FIT students are expected to become knowledge experts in fields of their interests, who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science, engineering and technology. These individuals are trained to advance national technological infrastructure as well as contribute to the economic well-being of society at large. Research at FIT is designed to provide opportunities for strengthening and enhancing knowledge base of students, which, in turn, prepares them for a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary careers. Six research groups have been formed at the center as an initiative towards focused research. They are as follows:
- Software Engineering
- Formal Methods
- Intelligent Systems
- Network Communication and Security
- Computer Vision
- Database Systems
- High Performance Computing
Financial and academic support of the research center has resulted in publication of various research papers by faculty and students in renowned national and international journals and conferences.
Department of Computer Engineering:
Computer Engineers are involved in the design, development, manufacture, installation and operation of general purpose and embedded computers of all sort. They are concerned with both hardware (i.e. electronic circuits and devices that actually store and process information) and software (i.e. the programs that control the operation of the hardware).
Computer Engineering combines some of the prominent aspects of computer science and electrical engineering. Computer engineers are particularly important today because embedded systems, which integrates hardware and software, are increasingly common in robotics, cellphones, MP3 players and elsewhere. Computer engineers are knowledgeable about both hardware and software, so they are in high demand wherever embedded systems are used.
Having evolved over the past three decades as a separate discipline, computer engineering is solidly grounded in theories and principles of computing, mathematics, science and engineering; and it applies these theories and principles to solve technical problems through the design of computer hardware, software, network and processer.
The Computer Engineering program at UCP starts with a foundation of hardware and software fundamentals and extends that foundation with advanced elective sequences. Students then bring all this knowledge together in final year project. Students will be prepared to work on all aspects of the design of digital hardware, as well as on the associated software that is an integral part of computer architecture. Students will have the prerequisites to develop more deeply into either hardware or software areas.
In order to meet the challenging development in IT industry, FIT is supported by extensive lab setup which includes 7 teaching, 2 general and 1 research lab equipped with computers from Dell, HP and Sun. In addition, FIT has recently added one MAC lab and one hardware lab to address the growing needs of faculty.
We strongly believe that co-curricular activities play a very important role in the overall development of our students. To promote this culture, we encourage our students to join professional societies such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Microsoft Student Partner (MSP). These platforms not only connect our students with computing professionals around the world but also serve as a showcase for their potential. FIT has organized various seminars and workshops in collaboration with IEEE, ACM and MSP, including sessions on Windows 8 Programming, C#, ASP .net, Drupal CMS, wireless sensor networks, internet protocol and future challenges. In addition, gaming and programming competitions are also a regular feature of faculty activities.
- 1700+ Computers...
- Branded computers supported by audio visual facility
- Ultra-modern computers, more than 700 thin clients, In-house ISP
- Individual student virtual drives and research labs