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The Innovative Business Idea Competition was conducted by the EIU - Education Unit to encourage Entrepreneurship course students of the summer semester to come up with innovative new products, services, and technologies which can become a foundation for new businesses.

The whole event was conducted in 2 rounds. The first round received 16 entries out which 5 ideas were shortlisted. This shortlisted student’s team then had to make a presentation in the front of panel which included:

  • Mr. Ammar Al Kharusi: Innovation Specialist, Freelancer
  • Mr. Salim Al Siyabi: Innovation Specialist, Freelancer
  • Dr. Manal Al Khanbashi: Innovation Leader, EIU and Lecturer, Applied Science, HCT

The final event took place on 25th June 2018 in BS056 from 2.30 pm, Business Department Building. After a thorough evaluation the panel chose 2 ideas which were been declared as the winners. The winning ideas are as follows:

The 1st place was taken by Omar Sulaiman Al Hinnai & Group from section no. 8. These students under the tutelage of Ms. Samira Al Mammari had come up with an innovative idea of solving the transportation and parking problem for the college students through an application.

The 2nd place was taken by Safa Rashid Al Mammari & Group, also belonging to section no. 8. Their idea was again an application which is would reminder for food validity and expiry.


The Innovation Unit, EIU will be taking charge of all the ideas and will be mentoring the student groups in converting these ideas to viable business opportunities.


Kudos to all the teams who participated in the event. Thanks to all the Entrepreneurship course teachers to encourage the students to participate. EIU Unit look forward for such support all throughout.

The objectives of the workshop are to widen the involvement of stakeholders (internal and external) in the review of the current Strategic Plan (2013-2018) and enhance the ownership of Higher College of Technology; Conduct Strategic Plan 2013-2018 - SWOT analysis based on the implementation of the current strategic plan; Identify if the HCT – Quality Audit (OAAA) – Commendations, Affirmation & Recommendations (CARs) were addressed in the achievement of the Strategic Goals; Seek feedback on the implementation of the current Strategic Plan and propose suggestions on the five elements (Vision, Mission, Values, Graduate Attributes and Goals) for 4th Strategic Plan (2018-2023).

The workshop was presided by Dr.Khalid Abdul Aziz Ambusaidi (Dean) and facilitated by the Quality Assurance Unit (Dr. S.K.Sridhar, Mr. Francis Rajendran and Ms. Humera Jamil). The workshop was observed by Dr. Abdul Hakeem Al-Ismaily (DG of Technological Education), Dr. Ali Saud Almughairi (Deputy DG of Technological Education), Dr. Qasim Almarashei (Expert–MoM), Mr. Salim Hamood Al-Jabri (Quality Department–MoM), and Ms. Jinan Mehdi Mohammed.

The workshop participants were College Council members, Quality Assurance Unit, Unit Quality Assurance coordinators, HoS of all units, other key staff members, student representatives, alumni members and community members (parents and industry representatives. The total number of participants was 95 (69 Omanis and 26 Expats).



The behaviour of individuals working in organizations can be changed through social recognition of their work. Awards act as signs of recognition and they are valued more than rewards in the  monetary form. The research findings on awards show that there is an innate natural thirst for every human for being publicly recognized and honored by the organization amidst his/her peers or co-workers. History shows that awards are presented in the form of honorary titles, medals, prizes, orders and decorations, from the time immemorial. Awards can directly motivate people and are realised as extrinsic incentives when people exert effort explicitly to win the award. Awards can also be used to indirectly motivate people and are realised as intrinsic incentives when individuals cannot or do not consciously work towards them. In either ways, awards work because they create role models, highlight the values of an organization in particular and the society at large. Awards also bring prestige to the individuals who have acted similarly without being chosen as award recipients. Realizing the benefits of awarding the employees, The Higher College of Technology initiated the “MODEL EMPLOYEE AWARDS” and are celebrating the awarding process in a big way by inviting all the employees of the HCT.

The following staff members from the department of applied sciences are awarded the role model employee awards for the academic year 2017-18 by the Deanship at the college level in a ceremony conducted from 1 pm onwards on 17-04-2018 at the auditorium.

It is noteworthy to mention that many of the Applied Sciences staff won the lucky dip at the Role model employee’s awards ceremony and had taken their gifts from the honorable dean of the college.

The Head of the Department, Dr. Mohammed Ali Oueslati along with the Head of section of Applied Biology, Dr. Afraa Said Al-Adawi, Head of section of Applied Chemistry, Dr. Wafa Mustafa Al Lawati, Head of section of Physics, Mr. Shabir Ahmed Nadeem and Head of section of Environmental Sciences, Dr. Suad Al Kindi expressed their gratitude to the honorable Dean and Assistant Deans for awarding the staff of applied sciences department and congratulated the awardees.  The awardees thanked the Deanship, HoD of Applied Sciences and the four Heads of sections for their nominations and encouragement.

WRITTEN & DOCUMENTED BY:
Dr. C. Rama Chandra Prabhu

PHOTOS CREDIT:
Mr. Ronaldo Silverio

The behaviour of individuals working in organizations can be changed through social recognition of their work. Awards act as signs of recognition and they are valued more than rewards in the  monetary form. The research findings on awards show that there is an innate natural thirst for every human for being publicly recognized and honored by the organization amidst his/her peers or co-workers. History shows that awards are presented in the form of honorary titles, medals, prizes, orders and decorations, from the time immemorial. Awards can directly motivate people and are realised as extrinsic incentives when people exert effort explicitly to win the award. Awards can also be used to indirectly motivate people and are realised as intrinsic incentives when individuals cannot or do not consciously work towards them. In either ways, awards work because they create role models, highlight the values of an organization in particular and the society at large. Awards also bring prestige to the individuals who have acted similarly without being chosen as award recipients. Realizing the benefits of awarding the employees, The Higher College of Technology initiated the “MODEL EMPLOYEE AWARDS” and are celebrating the awarding process in a big way by inviting all the employees of the HCT.

The following staff members from the department of applied sciences are awarded the role model employee awards for the academic year 2017-18 by the Deanship at the college level in a ceremony conducted from 1 pm onwards on 17-04-2018 at the auditorium.

It is noteworthy to mention that many of the Applied Sciences staff won the lucky dip at the Role model employee’s awards ceremony and had taken their gifts from the honorable dean of the college.

The Head of the Department, Dr. Mohammed Ali Oueslati along with the Head of section of Applied Biology, Dr. Afraa Said Al-Adawi, Head of section of Applied Chemistry, Dr. Wafa Mustafa Al Lawati, Head of section of Physics, Mr. Shabir Ahmed Nadeem and Head of section of Environmental Sciences, Dr. Suad Al Kindi expressed their gratitude to the honorable Dean and Assistant Deans for awarding the staff of applied sciences department and congratulated the awardees.  The awardees thanked the Deanship, HoD of Applied Sciences and the four Heads of sections for their nominations and encouragement.

WRITTEN & DOCUMENTED BY:
Dr. C. Rama Chandra Prabhu

PHOTOS CREDIT:
Mr. Ronaldo Silverio

The behaviour of individuals working in organizations can be changed through social recognition of their work. Awards act as signs of recognition and they are valued more than rewards in the  monetary form. The research findings on awards show that there is an innate natural thirst for every human for being publicly recognized and honored by the organization amidst his/her peers or co-workers. History shows that awards are presented in the form of honorary titles, medals, prizes, orders and decorations, from the time immemorial. Awards can directly motivate people and are realised as extrinsic incentives when people exert effort explicitly to win the award. Awards can also be used to indirectly motivate people and are realised as intrinsic incentives when individuals cannot or do not consciously work towards them. In either ways, awards work because they create role models, highlight the values of an organization in particular and the society at large. Awards also bring prestige to the individuals who have acted similarly without being chosen as award recipients. Realizing the benefits of awarding the employees, The Higher College of Technology initiated the “MODEL EMPLOYEE AWARDS” and are celebrating the awarding process in a big way by inviting all the employees of the HCT.

The following staff members from the department of applied sciences are awarded the role model employee awards for the academic year 2017-18 by the Deanship at the college level in a ceremony conducted from 1 pm onwards on 17-04-2018 at the auditorium.

It is noteworthy to mention that many of the Applied Sciences staff won the lucky dip at the Role model employee’s awards ceremony and had taken their gifts from the honorable dean of the college.

The Head of the Department, Dr. Mohammed Ali Oueslati along with the Head of section of Applied Biology, Dr. Afraa Said Al-Adawi, Head of section of Applied Chemistry, Dr. Wafa Mustafa Al Lawati, Head of section of Physics, Mr. Shabir Ahmed Nadeem and Head of section of Environmental Sciences, Dr. Suad Al Kindi expressed their gratitude to the honorable Dean and Assistant Deans for awarding the staff of applied sciences department and congratulated the awardees.  The awardees thanked the Deanship, HoD of Applied Sciences and the four Heads of sections for their nominations and encouragement.

WRITTEN & DOCUMENTED BY:
Dr. C. Rama Chandra Prabhu

PHOTOS CREDIT:
Mr. Ronaldo Silverio

The research project entitled SMOKING HABIT AMONG OMANI STUDENTS has made outstanding achievements in its first phase that coincides with the ‘World’s NO Tobacco Day (31 May, 2018)’ themed ‘the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide’.

The study aims to quantify tobacco smokers among Omani students at HCT, recommend health promotion interventions for smoking cessation, spread public awareness and educate the nation about smoking consequences at early ages. The project can serve as a pilot study at HCT that can be further extended to all academic institutions and schools in the Sultanate of Oman.

In Oman smoking starts to be a critical public health issue according to the national oncology centre (NOC) at the Royal hospital (2016), which spends more than 30% of its budget on cancer treatment. It is expected that lung cancer disease, with which 97% of the diagnosed cases are smokers, will be the most common cancer in Oman in the next 3 years

Permission to conduct this study was granted from the Dean’s office at the HCT after following all the ethical norms and required procedures. More than 1000 students participated in the study. Participants were approached randomly in 6 different campaign sites within the college’s departments and centers between January and May in the course of the academic year 2017–2018.

 More than 1000 urine samples had been collected, initially analyzed in Environmental Sciences Section (ESS) laboratories for the confirmation and quantification of nicotine (a potent toxic constituent of tobacco) wherein results were immediately disclosed to participants, and samples were stored for further analysis of other toxic substances known to contaminate tobacco such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, zinc and nickel. The sampling and nicotine analysis have been performed for a span of 10 days on an average of 9 hours per day while analysis of other toxic substances is still in progress.

 

 

During the sampling stage, students were verbally briefed by the investigators (researchers, academic staff and students volunteers from ESS). Banners and video presentation were also displayed for the same purpose.

To be a participant in the study students had to (1) acknowledge that they are aware of the study’s objectives, (2) provide a urine sample and (3) complete a 32-item online questionnaire on smoking habit designed on WHO guidelines at the campaigns’ sites.  

To attract participants, treats were offered with entry voucher for winning an exciting prize. The winner was chosen by lucky draw and the exciting prices included MOBILE PHONES, WRIST WATCHES, MASERS and MOBILE and FUEL TOP-UP SCRATCH CARDS.

 Analysis for the quantification of toxic substances is taking place both in ESS laboratories and other labs outside the college in order to cross check the results.

 

The project is expected to provide a new insight based on biological samples and comprehensive statistical evidences following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the smoking scales, behavior, self-perception, causes and rate of tobacco use among young adults in the colleges. Recommendation to authorities and public awareness are expected to help reduce the burden cost and improve the health of Omani youngsters and the general population.

The initial trend of the results reveals higher percentage of smokers among Omani students than the projected one in literature. Furthermore, toxic substances known to contaminate tobacco such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, zinc and nickel were also found to be in high concentration among some smokers under study compared to the reported values of the smokers worldwide in the literature. Detailed statistical analysis of the results is in progress and will be published soon.    

The team is grateful to the HCT Deanship for allowing a unique opportunity to conduct this research project. It is with immense gratitude that the research team acknowledge the contributions of project sponsors PDO, Haya Water and TRC. The team thanks the ESS technicians, students, and volunteers for their invaluable layer of valuable support. The research team has benefited immensely from Ministry of Defense (Laboratories of Engineering Services) which has been particularly helpful in offering advanced analytical technology for samples’ analysis. The team members are also thankful for Oman Environmental Service Holding Company S.A.O.C (be’ah) for their assistance in disposing the generated waste. A special mention here is for the students who participated in the project. The project investigators are thankful to all those who were directly and indirectly involved in one way or the other for the successful completion of the project.

 

Group photo of the smoking project team marking the end of phase one after collecting1000+ samples

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