It gives me immense pleasure to see that our vision of promoting practical application in higher education sector has become a dream come true. It is heartening to find that it is taking a concrete shape now. The fast expanding world of work in the 21st century is betokening new vistas in various sectors. It is for our colleagues in the industries, academicians in the universities and the private sector of the new global world to properly view and size up the upcoming challenges. This will help in ensuring an appropriate level of preparedness in our young men and women who are going to be our graduates and customers in that sense of the term.

The society for higher education and practical applications (SHEPA) has launched a number of innovative programs and courses of studies under its overarching patronage. These programs draw their strength from the three key vision words- competence, commitment and confidence which we are constantly trying to translate into an accomplished fact and reality. Needless to mention that our two Institutes ICST (Institute of Computer Science and Technology) and l.Ed. (Institute of Education) which have been established by our society are a step in the right direction to fulfill the goals and mandates of this millennium.

I wish and pray that our benefactors will certainly provide us the necessary encouragement, strength and support to pursue this challenging task so that we are able to accomplish the highest standards of quality and excellence in teaching and learning programs designed for our graduates.