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STEM Careers Programme Organized 6th Design Build and Fly Competition (DBFC-VI) in collaboration with Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIK-I) on 9th-10th April-2011 at GIK-I. It was arranged by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), GIK Institute chapter. Number of student teams from 11 different universities from all the country showed their talents in aviation science and earned appreciation for designing and flying remote-controlled model machines. The aim of such competition is to encourage the youth and to hunt the talent to ultimately take them to international level competitions in the years to come. Advisor of the competition, Dr Muhammad Abid from GIKI said that the competition provided an excellent platform to interact collaborate and learn from each other and is an excellent example of industry academia collaboration.

Air Commodore Shahid Aslam Khan, Managing Director F6, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra was the chief guest on the occasion. He said: "We have lot of expectations from our youth. I hope they would take the country to the new heights." 

Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Pro-Rector (academic) appreciated the role of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the sponsorship of the competition and the role of the Commission for promotion of Higher Education in the country. He hoped that the commission will continue to work for sustainable development of higher education. We hope that its position would be kept intact by the government," he said.

Speakers said that it was a serious endeavor to provide an opportunity to the young engineers of the country to explore and display their capabilities. Experts from PAC Kamra judged the design, manufacturing and flying potential of the different teams. The flying and maneuvering of the remote controlled planes in the air and their safety landing on the ground forced the participants to extend a big applause for each team.  In the engine power category the first prize of Rs 40,000 was won by Center of Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) Islamabad, and second prize of Rs 30, 000 was won by College of Aeronautical Engineering, Risalpur and the third prize of Rs 25,000 won by GIK Institute team. The consolation prize of Rs 5,000 each won by UET Lahore, UET Taxila and NED Karachi. In the Electric power category the first prize of Rs 30,000 was won by GIK Institute and second prize of Rs 20,000 was won by Pakistan Navel Engineering College. The consolations prize each of Rs 5,000 won by UET Mardan, UET Lahore and NED Karachi. Special prize of Rs 10,000 were given to NUST and College of Aeronautical Engineering, Risalpur.