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Dr Zarabi lectures at CUK
Srinagar: Information Technology department of Central University of Kashmir organised a special lecture by Dr. M. J. Zarabi at its Sonawar campus, on Tuesday. Dr Zarabi is the Chairman, Board of Governers, NIT Srinagar. The lecture which is part of the series of lectures organised by the IT department, was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University,  Professor Mehraj-ud-din Mir.

Professor M. Afzal Zargar, Registrar of the University, in his welcome address lauded the efforts of the guest and remarked him as the proud son of the soil. Prof Zargar informed the guest about the progress of the university during the course of time since its inception. Prof. Zargar mentioned that in addition to accademicians, the industrialists are also taking part inthe curriculum development of the University, as members of board of studies.


In his presidential address, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Professor Mehraj-ud-din Mir appreciated the department for organizing the lecture and advised students to follow the foot-steps of the distinguished guest. Prof Mir urged the students to work hard to achieve their cherished dreams. 


Dr. M. J. Zarabi with his consistently distinguished academic record and an equally impressive record of industrial achievements, has been synonymous with the microelectronics activity in India for more than three decades. Dr. Zarabi, is the Co-founder of Masamb Electronics Systems pioneered VLSI design and fabrication effort in India. He was the Head of Research & Development and Executive Director in-charge of both R&D and VLSI manufacturing operations of the company. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of India’s premier integrated chip manufacturing and R&D company, Semiconductor Complex Ltd. (SCL), from June 1993 to August 2005. 

Dr. Zarabi successfully led a number of technology development projects and was responsible in building a modern VLSI fabrication facility in 1997, a showcase of India’s integrated chip manufacturing capability. Under his stewardship, SCL also established the only Galium Arsenide Enabling Technology Centre for the Defence Research & Development Organization to manufacture Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs). He has also led SCL’s foray in the emerging area of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and was responsible for the company being selected as foundry for MEMS under the Govt. of India’s National Programme on Smart Materials.


Dr. M. J. Zarabi in his lecture appreciated the development of the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the areas of education and research and stressed on generation of more employment avenues. “The demand of society is ever growing and there is need to do more.” he said while emphasizing the role of entreprenueurs. He suggested the youth to become entrepreneurs than job seekers. “There is a need to change the mindset of our young generation to enable them to become job providers.” he said.


He stressed on the creation of Enterpreneurship parks, for which stake holders must join hands to work together in this direction.


Dr. Zarabi advised students to focus on skill development. He also urged the students to learn the basics to become fundamentally strong and sound. The lecture was followed by an active question/answer session.


On the occasion, Professor A. M. Wani, Head Department of IT, faculty, scholars and students of the department were present. The lecture proceedings were conducted by Mr. Afaq Alam Khan, Assistant Professor.

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