University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore in collaboration with Lampro Mellon organization organized a seminar on Semiconductor Industry in Pakistan RISC-V based SoC design and Employment opportunities. The purpose of this seminar was to aware the graduates regarding Microelectronics and Chip design technology which is one of the most advanced technologies that require specialized training. Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Vice Chancellor MNS-UET Multan Prof. Engr. Dr. Aamir Ijaz, Vice Chancellor UET-Taxila Prof. Dr. Mohammad Inayat Ullah Khan, CEO Lampro Mellon Dr. Sabahat Rafique, CEO Lampro Mellon Dr. Jaffer, Registrar UET Muhammad Asif and Director KICS Prof. Dr. Waqar Mahmood attended the seminar. Whereas CEO SiFive Dr. Naveed Shairwani from California joined the session on skype video call and gave a lecture on this project. Addressing the seminar Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar said, “This year, for the first time a course is being conducted in Pakistan to promote the semiconductor industry and the first badge will be consisted of 200 graduates. This course will cost Rs 1 million per student. While 50 UET students, who will pass the Lampro Mellon entrance test, will be provided free of cost training which will benefit Rs 50 million. After completing the training students will find good job opportunities around the world.”
He further said, “UET wants to produce graduates from Lahore who will be giving proper attention to semiconductor industry and will be able to setup their own industries. It will not only reduce unemployment but also create new employment opportunities.” At this occasion, Chairman PHEC Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid assured full support from Higher Education Department in this regard. He said this is a golden opportunity for the students of UET and they should avail it. Rather other speakers said that the semiconductor Market is now valued at $500 billion and growing with year on year growth rate of 6.49%. China wants to indigenously design 70% by 2025. At the end of seminar Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar distributed souvenirs among honorable guests.