In 2000-2001 Communication Enabling Technologies was one of the finest high technology companies in Pakistan working on cutting edge technology. The company was established by Dr Shoab Khan, Mr Raheel Khan, and Mr Sherjil Ahmed. They were together at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia. The company had its Headquarter in Irvine, California and branch office in Islamabad, Pakistan. The organization managed to bring on board a highly skilled and vibrant group of engineers and scientists. Dr Shoab Khan, Dr Farrukh Kamran, Dr Sohail Naqvi, Mr Safi Qureshey, Mr Sherjil Ahmed, Dr Saeed Ur Rehman, Dr Ismail Shah, Dr Qasim Sheikh, Dr Mohammed Usman, Dr Amir Iqhal, Dr Amir Qayyum, Dr Imtiaz Taj, Dr Omar Bashir, Mr Mohsin Rahamtullah, Mr Hammad Khan, Mr. Zaheer Ahmad, Mr Saleem Ahmed Khan, Mrs. Durdana Habib and Mr. Sheikh Farhan were all part of this remarkable group. The group shared this vision of disseminating higher technical education in Pakistan. The vision was shared with Dr Habibullah Jamal, Vice Chancellor UET Taxila, who readily gave his approval and promised his support to this national cause. To realize this dream Engineering Education Trust (EET) was established in May 2001 with the aim of promoting higher technical education in Pakistan. CASE is a project of EET. CASE was established on September 11, 2001 at Software Technology Park, 5-A Constitution Avenue, F-5/1, Islamabad, in affiliation with University of Engineering and Technology Taxila. The affiliation makes CASE as a sub-campus of UET, Taxila and permits it to start M.Sc. and Ph.D degree programs in computer engineering. CASE was inaugurated by then Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman. Dr. Kamal Athar was appointed as the Director CASE. CASE was started with an excellent faculty of 9 PhDs and 3 M.Scs.
In the beginning, CASE had a small campus at fourth floor of STP1 and only Computer Engineering discipline was offered. In the first semester, two courses in the Computer Engineering program were offered and more than 60 students were enrolled in these courses. In the spring 2002 semester, more than 100 students were enrolled in computer engineering program. As the number of students increased, the campus acquired the 5th floor of the STP1 in summer 2002. The enrollment for PhD students was also started in this semester. CASE has been enrolling HEC scholars in its PhD program since HEC started its Indigenous PhD Fellowship. Fourteen faculty members of CASE are on HEC approved supervisors list.
Due to overwhelming demand of students and industry professionals, CASE took the initiative of establishing the department of Engineering Management in fall 2002 with Dr. Ali Sajid taking responsibilities as Chairman. In this semester, 192 students got registered in computer engineering and 41 students in engineering management. It was in spring 2003 when the first CASE student completed his M.Sc. computer engineering degree requirements. The year 2003 also marked a significant turn in CASE history when the team started Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE) in January 2003 with the aim of working on projects of dire technical needs of Pakistan. With this focus in mind, CASE was also moved to its current location at Sir Syed Memorial Building, 19-Attaturk Avenue, G-5/1 Islamabad. CASE and CARE now co-exist in this building displaying an ideal model of industry-academia partnership and collaboration. The CASE team has been working round the clock to ensure higher quality of education and technical training. The effects of which are quite evident in different organizations where CASE graduates and students are transforming their education into practice. CASE team keeps managing this growth and keeps improving processes and procedures to maintain highest level of academic quality. In May 2004, Professor Ali Haider joined this team as President CASE. Under his leadership, CASE continues on the path to success. In the same year, CASE-CARE team decided to start its undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering. The program was started in collaboration with SSMS as SS-CARE School of Engineering, which.is now in its 4th year. Over the years, CASE has heavily invested in improving the infrastructure in the building, adding faculty offices, PhD scholars’ enclave, renovating library and establishing research labs for its students. CASE has been on the forefront of research activities and managed to acquire research funding from Cisco Systems and PTCL. CASE Architecture and DSP Lab is funded from Cisco System and PTCL research grants. CASE continues to grow and currently more than 550 students are enrolled in CASE programs.
To take CASE to its new heights, in April 2006 EET signed a joint venture with Sir Syed Memorial Society (SSMS) with the common aim of establishing a world class university in Islamabad. Sir Syed Memorial Society pledged the physical infrastructure for the establishment of the university. The joint-venture partners, EET and the SSMS applied to HEC for degree granting status. The institute will be renamed as Sir Syed CASE Institute of Technology. After formal evaluation, HEC has already issued its acceptance. The draft charter document has been submitted to HEC for onward processing by the concerned ministries and government agencies.