The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, is established with the aim of educating the students professionally to cope with the industrial and societal challenges by offering a learning environment which is well grounded in the principles of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. The Department is being built from scratch on the concept of Industry 4.0. In this way the modern technology tools being implemented in the industry are already there for the students to learn. The department provides an excellent opportunity for the students to balance the gap between theoretical instruction and practical exposure by engagement and interaction with relevant industries and organizations. To cope with interdisciplinary requirements and diverse nature of industrial problems, technologies from Electronics and Computer Sciences are also merged in the departmental programs. Sustainability and Energy Management is always kept in consideration while embracing all the new technologies. The department provides an excellent opportunity to address the gap of Automation in Manufacturing Industry in Pakistan by producing competent engineers who would play their role in the Automation of Manufacturing industry using modern/state of the art techniques. The department’s focus is on preparing the students for a career in product or process design, research and development, production facilities layout, and project engineering in an industrial and manufacturing environment. Relevant Industries potentially being benefited from the department can be aerospace/aviation, railways, automotive, transportation, construction, telecommunication, Information Technologies, Power, renewable energy, oil/gas, military, agriculture, health sciences and biomedical. All the activities in the department are also planned to work according to Sustainable Development Goals.
PAF-IAST is the only smart campus in Pakistan with blanket Wi-Fi coverage and smart classroom solutions for its classrooms and lecture theatres. These smart facilities offer the most advanced Interactive Digital Board, AI-enabled Speaker’s tracking camera, Lecture Recorder, along with other ancillary equipment.
Besides jogging tracks, two large grounds are reserved for cricket and football. Apart from the indoor game facilities at each Academic block, badminton, volleyball courts also have been made available.
Fully furnished shared accommodation is available for resident students. Boarding facilities are exclusively meant for students hailing from remote cities. Boarding facilities include comfortable rooms, fully functional dining halls, anteroom, Wi-Fi facility, indoor games, vending machines and laundry.
The campus has a high standard library, well provided with course textbooks along, reference books, and a good number of necessary research journals for each area of specialization. The library complex also comprises a few cubicles with smart boards installed for research group discussions and presentations.
PAF-IAST Campus offers ample ancillary services to ensure a conducive academic and working environment for all. These facilities include automated vending machines to readily provide students at fair price snacks, beverages, essential commodities 24/7, especially during short breaks without having them rush to the cafeteria now and then. Considering the needs of students, faculty, and staff, multiple vending machines are being installed at various places across the campus. Gradually, these machines will be made compatible for integration with Smart Campus One Card Solution which PAF-IAST plans to deploy in the days ahead to promote cashless campus culture.