KARACHI - The computers in the past several years have revolutionised the advancements in the engineering sciences and in technology. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Engr. Abul Kalam. He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of the second International Conference on Computer, Control and Communication (IC4) commenced here on Tuesday. The moot is being held under the auspices of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Pakistan Navy Engineering College at the Bahria Auditorium here. The theme of two-day conference is the 'encouragement of the upcoming generation in the fields of research and indigenous development with joint collaboration of industry and academia'. Speaking on the occasion, he said that it is a matter of pride that researchers from 26 different countries have presented 290 papers for the conference and authors from 11 countries are participating which would be pivotal for the encouragement of the organizers. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the valuable contribution of Pakistan Navy Engineering College in the field of research by publishing large number of technical papers and Research and Development projects. He said that when we talk of computers and communications it must be borne in mind that the equipment is not that important as the individuals who are working. Engr Abul Kalam said that the computers should be used to the maximum extent possible but not to the extent that the human beings become unable to write properly and calculate quickly and accurately. He said that the computers is a wonderful machine but basically is a machine which remains in our service and let it not become our master. The Vice-Chancellor said that this conference would provide a platform for local and international researchers, academicians, participating engineers and industry to share their research and experiences for the future development in all areas relevant to the Computers, Control and Communications. He said that it would also provide an opportunity to re-align the scattered strength specially in the areas which used to be the trade marks of Pakistan such as leather and cotton industry. In his welcome address, the commandant of the Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC), Commodore Imdad Jafri, said that a record number of 290 papers were received from 26 countries and these were reviewed by national and international scholars. He said that various awards are being presenting to the contributing authors and these include travel awards and best papers awards. Commodore Jafri also apprised the audience of the academic activities at the PNEC which is a constituent college of the NUST. He said that this conference would help bridge the gap between the two important sectors- the industry and the academia. Air Vice Marshal Dr. Asif Raza Pro Rector of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), speaking on the occasion said that NUST is a premier institution of the country with the international standard. He said that this institution is offering 15 undergraduate and 21 post graduate programmes in the engineering, information technology, medical and management sciences. Dr. Raza pointed out that as many as nine new programmes for MS, M.Phil and Ph.D were introduced last year and that a few more are in the pipeline. He said that NUST was granted charter in 1993, has earned the reputation of quality education and excellence in research. Dr. Raza announced that NUST has been included in the list of top 400 universities of the world. He said that it was ranked 376 as against the 470 position it was holding in the year 2007- a jump of 96 position in one year is no mean an achievement. The plenary lectures were delivered by Prof. Dr. Shafaat Ahmed Bazaz of the GIK Institute of Science and technology Topi, Martin Fegg of Rhein Mettal of Germany Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob of PNEC and Taha hamid of Mobilink. The chief guest also performed the inauguration of an exhibition on the occasion.