National Engineering Competition (NEC) is being launched
on a pilot scale this year under the umbrella of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Careers Programme, a joint venture of PIEAS and HEC. Some other activities that are being carried out under this
programme are National Science Contests in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
and Physics. These Contests, an extension of the National Physics Talent
Contest that was initiated by PAEC in 1995 under the directive of the
then President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, are meant to groom the youth
for the nation for participation in International Olympiad in these fields.
The main idea behind the NEC is to encourage undergraduate
engineering students public in as well as private sector engineering institutions
to come up with innovative solutions to problems of national interest.
For this purposes a theme regarding such a problem would be circulated
each year on which an interdisciplinary team of students could work under
the supervision of their teachers. In addition to fourth year students,
who could work on such problems in lieu of their senior year project,
any undergraduate engineering student could participate in this Competition.
STEM Career Programme could provide modest funding not
exceeding 10,000 rupees per team to facilitate work on this project. Each
team should preferably consist of 3-4 students belonging to different
departments that are relevant to the theme of the project. It would be
highly desirable if each participating university/institute can assign
the project to at least three teams. These teams will first compete amongst
each other and the winning team from each university shall compete against
winning teams from other universities at the national level. Amount of
prizes for the top three projects for university level competition is
10,000 rupees, 7000 rupees and 5000 rupees.
For the national level competition the corresponding
amount is 50, 000 rupees, 30,000 rupees and 20,000 rupees respectively.
National Engineering Robotic
Design Build and Fly Competition