Introduction to Faculty of Computer Science

 

The faculty of computer science had started its activities as a computer department in Islamic Science and Technology University. According to the latest development and rapid technology growth, this major has attracted many applicants. This faculty was banned in 2004 by Ministry of Higher Education due to increasing the number of applicants and some other problems. Then, it was reopened by Technical University of Berlin in Herat University. 

Currently ,2016,  this faculty has 18 official instructors in three departments including software engineering, database designing and network management with 549 students which 30 % is females. It has four equipped laboratories, 30 computer systems connect to internet, equipped library and an active sport team.

Objective:

The faculty of Computer Science in Herat University is to train expert students, researcher and is responsible for providing Information Technology Services. All these issues will be conducted by board of committee and members of faculty administrative according the regulations of Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan.

The Information Technology major is new in Afghanistan. For this reason, the faculty of computer science is a new established faculty in Herat University that tries to provide the society with technological information by the youths.

The faculty of computer science Members celebrated its 10th years old with a very glorious exhibition in first half of 2014. The name of exhibition was computer science faculty students creativities exhibition in which foreign and non foreign guests participated and it was for 3 days from October, 3, 2015 To October, 6, 2016 by researcher and servicer groups of the computer science faculty. The aim of exhibition was to show the abilities of faculty in Herat  university and other provinces, recognition of intelligent students of the faculty, motivation of the students of this faculty for scientific activities in field of technology development, creating relationship between students and faculty and outcome, evaluation of society needs such as governmental offices and trading companies, services centers in field of technology, growth of better talents, making useable technology tools in field of various nowadays science, informing of public people in field of research, new technology, servicing of computer programs in various academic areas and introducing of the best and  most useable programs which were made by students were shown in this exhibition.

It is notable that network management, software engineering and database designing are the most important accomplished objectives of this faculty.

Done Activities:

Construction and Equipment:

Not having an independent building for this faculty is one of the most important problems that we are concerning about. Since this faculty has a lot of improvements in quality, but having an independent equipped building is the need of this faculty and hope to be solved.

Equipment:

20 computer systems were given to this faculty from Korea by Ministry of Higher Education in 2014. Also 30 other computer systems were given by world contracts and Technical University of Berlin in 2009. In 2014 USAID organization gave 30 CPU (Computer Case) to this faculty. Moreover, the computer lab is well equipped by an interior organization.

Scientific:

For the last few years, employing skillful instructors was a great achievement in this section. Among 21 official instructors of this faculty, 11 of them got their Master Degree in Technical University in Berlin. Eight of them are now studying their Master Degree and two others are taking PhD in Germany.

Lesson Curriculum and Teaching Materials:

As long as this faculty was established in Herat University, has signed the contract with Technical University of Berlin. Therefore, the curriculum of this faculty is updated by professional teachers of Technical University in Berlin. The fifth lesson curriculum was sent to Technical University in Berlin for updating according to today’s teaching standards. The teaching materials are standardized according to global credit curriculum and also this lesson curriculum has been coordinated with Computer Science faculties in Balkh, Nangarhar & Kandahar.

Improvements:

It has been improving remarkably since it was established in 2004 and summarily, we name three departments in faculty and establishing technological information in Herat University. These improvements mostly were only to meet the first needs of the faculty.

Capacitates:

The number of the instructors who went for Master and PhD Degrees:

No

Faculty

Year

Female

Male

Total

Type of scholarship

1

Berlin Technical University

2008

3

3

6

Master Degree

2

Berlin Technical University

2011

2

3

5

Master Degree

3

Berlin Technical University

2014

3

3

6

Master Degree

4

Berlin Technical University

2014

0

2

2

PhD

5

Berlin Technical University

2015

1

1

2

Master Degree

Total

 

 

9

12

21

 

 

Promoted degree instructors:

No

Faculty

پوهنیار

پوهنمل

پوهندوی

پوهنوال

پوهاند

مجموعه

1

Computer Science

8

 

 

 

 

8

2

Computer Science   

 

2

 

 

 

2

3

Computer Science

 

 

0

 

 

 

4

Computer Science

 

 

 

0

 

 

5

Computer Science

 

 

 

 

0

 

Total

 

8

2

 

 

 

10

 

The instructors who have participated in short term abroad programs:

No

Faculty

Female

Male

Total

1

India

0

2

2

2

Turkey

0

2

2

3

Germany

3

7

10

4

Dubai

0

2

2

5

Serilanka

0

1

1

6

Islam Abad

0

1

1

Total

 

3

8

18

 

Number of the Students of this faculty:

No

Faculty

Department

Year

Female

Male

Total

1

Computer Science

Public

2002

0

8

8

2

Computer Science

Public

2003

15

35

50

3

Computer Science

Public

2004

25

45

70

4

Computer Science

Public

2005

10

35

45

5

Computer Science

Public

2006

0

0

0

6

Computer Science

Public

2007

17

40

57

7

Computer Science

Public

2008

31

58

89

8

Computer Science

Public

2009

30

98

128

9

Computer Science

Public

2010

16

54

70

10

Computer Science

Public

2011

25

106

131

11

Computer Science

Public

2012

64

122

186

12

Computer Science

Public

2013

34

126

160

13

Computer Science

Public

2014

47

107

154

14

Computer Science

Public

2015

40

110

150

15

Computer Science

Public

2016

70

90

160

Total

 

 

 

421

1034

1455

Graduated Students:

No

Faculty

Department

Year

Female

Male

Total

1

Computer Science

Public

2006

0

8

8

2

Computer Science

Public

2007

13

29

42

3

Computer Science

Public

2008

23

41

64

4

Computer Science

Public

2009

7

32

39

5

Computer Science

Public

2010

15

37

52

6

Computer Science

Public

2011

25

30

55

7

Computer Science

Public

2012

15

53

68

8

Computer Science

Public

2013

11

53

64

9

Computer Science

Data system management

2014

12

32

44

Software Engineer

4

5

9

Computer Networks and

0

29

29

10

Computer Science

Data system management

2015

14

22

36

Software Engineer

19

12

31

Computer Networks and

0

31

31

Total

 

 

 

158

409

567

Students’ Services:

One of the activities which were done inside the faculty is creating of students’ services teams for students. These teams were existed in faculty from the starting of faculty and their duties divided into two categories. Technical administrative of faculties are responsible for all technical activities of faculty such as offering services in network arrangement, preparing and solving the computer lab problems, solving of computer and other technical problems of other faculty students, teaching some technical classes and lessons based on using of computer and any sort of computer program.

Second team is tutorials who are working with students and teachers part time and they help students in field of teaching faculty lessons such as coordinating between students and teaching create a great relationship and also increase the rate of volunteer work.

Dorms and Services:

The number of students in dorms average was 8 % in previous years, but about 17 students joined to dorms by financial assistance and deanship of Herat University.

Seminars and Conferences:

instructors have presented conference in various fields such as

  • Models Quality and Management Organization.
  • Gender aspect in the area of computer science at the Afghan universities.
  • The role of Mathematics in Computer Science.
  • Structure of the web presence of the Afghan Universities.

Developing of Human Capacities:

As long as the faculty of computer science is a new established faculty it was dealing with lack of administrative staff problems. In the latest years lack of administrative staffs was seriously followed and fortunately it was solved and as much staffs were needed we employed. Currently there is only a need of lab keeper and it would be employed in the future.

There is no lack of academic instructors, but due to increasing of students and lecturer of some subjects of the faculty some lacks exist.

Environment Protection:

Students, instructors, and members of computer science faculty planned about 500 non-fruitful plants as voluntarily in two springs. All the members of the faculty are eagerly attempting for environment protection and its cleaning and many times all together cleaned the faculty environments.

Achievements:

Providing the field of learning computer knowledge is one of the crucial needs of national and global for improving of a society and analyzing of it. The fundamental aim of this educational foundation is providing standard learning services by using effectively from modern learning systems and improving scientific capacities, producing of computer knowledge, putting the computer system into practice, network systems by training the culture of research and writing, attempts for making usable computer knowledge in field of scientific research, training official experts, creating scientific capacities in scope of work for graduated of this major and recognition of current society problems. According to the mentioned issues, we are going to do our duties based on expansion of technology knowledge, in developing of economy, social and religious relationship in Afghanistan.

Expansion of activity area:

According to the faculty of computer science, less valuable tools, establishment of informative management and learning with all its description has created different parts of it. Control and lead by instructors of faculty of computer science. Besides the creating of informative technology center which is a wide center for providing technological services by using the latest modern facilities.

Donors and nongovernment financial supports:

The faculty has received the various donors of financial supports. Organizations such DAAD, global bank, ministry of foreign affairs of Germany, and technical university of Berlin had many financial supports to this faculty. The result can be named by:

  • Applied of introduced curriculum by technical university of Berlin for bachelor degree from German instructors.
  • Sending German and Indians for teaching of faculty lesson.
  • Sending young instructors of the faculty for taking master degree in 3 different groups in German.
  • Sending young instructors for taking PhD to German.
  • Purchasing of Desktop computer and some needy materials.
  • Purchasing projectors in classrooms.
  • Creating of informative technology center in Herat University with all facilities.
  • Purchasing the faculty necessities.

As long as all the members of the faculty are young and gradually have joined to the faculty within 10 latest years. The 10 years was experience so it can be claimed that it prepared the instructors and other members of the faculty. As it is observed, this period of time caused and created suitable opportunity for expansion and improvement of education level of instructors which itself is a positive step for all the members of the faculty. Mostly within 10 years, was focused on expansion of abilities and this term will be continued for 5 years more because creating opportunity and using from that for improvement and spreading of faculty and students who attend to the faculty for teaching will be very good and useful.