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Statement of purpose

Looking back in my life, I always feel a strong connection with engineering. Later during my adolescent
years, I found out that I had a strong inner passion for mathematics and physics. I have always been a
bright student of my secondary and higher secondary school and got straight 'A-1' grades representing
outstanding. Soon I realized that the field of engineering would be an excellent choice for my future
studies. I was among the top ten position holders in my higher secondary board exam in pre-engineering
group. As a result, my first choice when I graduated high school was the department of Electronic
engineering.
I have completed four year degree of engineering in Electronics at and IIU Islamabad, and graduated in
September, 2009. I continued to excel in my university, achieving first division in my bachelor with
distinctions in many subjects. My undergraduate education has given me a certain set of skills and strong
fundamentals in both electrical and Electronic engineering. As a result, I incorporated a combination of
models for understanding into my way of thinking and research. I am currently working with SABAWON
as Project Electrical Engineer. SABAWON is a donor-funded rural development NGO working in
Northern Pakistan (Northern Areas & Chitral). It is the implementer of renewable energy projects as well
as the facilitator of community participation. SABAWON has, since 1994, completed more than 200
micro & mini Hydropower schemes. To date, a total of about 10 Mega watt of installed micro & mini
hydro capacity has been implemented by SABAWON in the region. As an internee, I visited the remote
areas of Chitral and realized that I have to choose this field as a career because living in 21st century and
having huge potentials of renewable energy resources, people in this part of the world are still deprived of
the basic needs of life. Among those clean source of energy is one.
During my field work I faced many issues regarding sustainable energy and felt that I need advance
knowledge for improving capacity and quality of renewable energy systems. The effective and efficient
use of renewable energies in Pakistan can provide a large number of rural households in mountain areas
with affordable electric generation for helping low-income strata, milling, small enterprise and other
needs. Such renewable systems have direct local environment benefits in terms of substituting for existing
diesel based power generation, reducing the emission of poisonous gases and other harmful chemicals,
reduction in the extensive use of fuel-wood and kerosene oil for household cooking, heating and lighting,
reduction of deforestation and degradation of natural habitats of rare plants and animal species.
Pakistan is facing the worst energy crises despite of huge potentials. Yet, these available opportunities for
solar, wind, and environmentally-benign hydro-power resources as well as existing energy saving
potentials have not been used so far. Presently my country is lagging well behind in the field of renewable
energy. Thus keeping my interest and today's field demand in mind, I have decided to apply for
postgraduate studies in order to broaden my knowledge in the field of renewable energy. By applying to
the MSc in Renewable energy, I am aiming to enhance my knowledge of renewable energy systems,
renewable energy policy, and energy efficiency. With this I can not only serve the industrial side of my
nation but can also start such field in academia sector so that the youth of the nation starts learning it from
the time of their education and understand its need and importance within the country.
Over the past two years, I have developed a particular interest in the area of renewable energy while
working in the field of designing Micro Hydro Power Plants, construction of domestic Biogas plants,
metallic cook stoves and biomass briquetting. I have gained an important professional experience as
Design & Production engineer while working in a turbine manufacturing company. In addition, I am also
working with university professors and donor agencies for technical cooperation to develop

new products in this sector. Furthermore, I have attended much training and seminars both at national &
international level which keeps me up to date in energy sector. In the past; I had the opportunity of work
in multinational environment and the work results have shown that I can be equally productive and
creative working as a part of a team or individually on a project as I am able to perform several tasks at
once.
Career is not the only thing I have focused on in my life. I try to maintain balance between work and
leisure. As a pastime, I enjoy playing games, hiking, listening to music and surfing internet. I was the best
player and captain of our college basketball team and represented my college in different national
tournaments. Due to my social and flexible nature I enjoy a very diverse circle of friends. With an
approachable personality I am able to put at ease, everyone I work with. Finally, I believe that life is
constant learning process and I am confident that I have the technical skills and the qualifications that
meet the requirements for the masters in renewable energy. I am certain that my passion, ambition and
willingness to work hard will help me to become a successful engineer.