Integration of Open Source Software Projects in IT Education

Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO):

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NU-FAST), Lahore.

Principal Investigator (PI):

Dr. Fakhar ul Islam Lodhi, Dr. Naveed Akhtar Malik, Dr. Muhammad Murtaza Yousuf


Education in Software Engineering aims at preparing the students for their utilization in the software industry. This requires equipping them with skills and knowledge necessary for developing industrial strength software. This could ideally be achieved by involving the students in realistic projects. Several attempts have been made to emulate such real life scenario in the classroom environment. However, unavailability of such projects in large number on a continuous basis has resulted in experiments which could not be repeated on large scale, if at all. This project focuses on the participation of students in developing open source software, which has emerged as a mainstream activity over the last 10 years, and can help in achieving the objectives of practical software engineering. Open source software development is a very well-coordinated and properly engineered practice on a larger scale. Typically, an individual or a small group of people start work on a project. After reaching a certain maturity level, the project is floated as open-source and volunteers are invited to participate in the development effort. The community of users/volunteers participates in its development if it finds the project interesting. The key objectives of this technical project are: • To provide training to IT/CS students keeping in view the requirements of their prospective employers (i.e. the software industry). • To allow students to learn good programming practices by reading professionally written high-quality code and by getting feedback from professionals. • To address (and try to resolve) the issue of the scarcity of quality CS/SE faculty in most of the universities. • To help software industry by providing them with the workforce that has worked on industrial strength projects, thus reducing the costs of training programs required for new inductees.

Start Date 01-Jun-2008

Duration 27 months

Budget PKR 34.89 million

Status  Closed Project

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Thematic Area  Education

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