HYDERABAD: An orientation ceremony for the fifth batch of Master of Science (MS) was held on Tuesday at the begging of fall session 2018 at U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro.
Addressing the ceremony, Project Director USPCAS-W, Dr. Bakhshal Lashari highlighted the significance of water in the economic development of a nation and said that water scarcity now emerges as a global challenge and the countries like Pakistan face acute shortage of water.
The significance of water sector further enhanced owing to diminishing precious natural resource and rapid growth of population, he noted and said the situation required efficient and critical management of the sector in the country.
He said after four-year negotiating, the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Pakistan through the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had established the state-of-the-art centres for advanced studies in water, energy, agriculture and food security sectors of the country by partnering the universities from the United States.
He informed that MUET Water Centre was one of leading regional centers of excellence in water in South Asia technically supported by the University of Utah, USA, which is the Partner University of the Centre and other American universities in its consortium.
He elaborated that USPCAS-W was educating and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, and policymakers through innovative academic and research programs crucial for Pakistan’s development in the water sector.
“The Centre with its best performance will emerge as one of the global centers in the water sector,” he said and added, “No compromise on the quality education,”.
Dr. Lashari congratulated the newly enrolled students at MUET Water Centre and said that they were the luckiest to be part of the Centre and will contribute for the sustainable solutions to the water challenges faced by Pakistan.
He emphasized on them to work hard, keep themselves well-disciplined and fully involved in the water research. Addressing the Ceremony, Dr. Jeffery Layton Ullman, Associate Research Professor at the University Utah (UU), USA and the technical advisor to the Centre said that USPCAS-W was committed to change the academic culture of Pakistan through the partnership, which also encompasses curriculum development, teaching, mentoring, research and establishment of new laboratories.
Dr. Ullman said USPCAS-W offers scholarships of higher studies and research in the water sector, while the University of Utah provides technical support to produce water leaders in the country. “The University of Utah is eager to provide technical support, education and modern applied research techniques for the water sector in Pakistan,” he added.
The Deputy Director (Academics and Research) Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar while sharing academic guidelines and research process said that research plays a vital role in post-graduation studies.He noted that the graduates of the Centre through acquired advanced research skills would contribute to the global water challenges at large.
A total of 86 including 25 female students have been enrolled in different MS programmes including Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage (HID), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Environmental Engineering (Env.Eng) and Water, Sanitation and Health (WaSH) Sciences at MUET Water Centre.
Socio-economic development of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Tariq Banuri on Friday said that knowledge-based economy was only way forwards for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
Dr. Tariq Banuri recommended for promoting the export of knowledge production, process designs, and solutions, upgrading the knowledge component of traditional export products, international migrating strategy as a development strategy and attracting students to Pakistan. He said this while addressing the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) which concluded here.
The Conference was hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), with the support of the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform and co-sponsored by HEC Pakistan, International Labor Organization and Centre of Excellence for China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said a Press release issued here by PIDE.
The Chairman HEC also highlight and explained ‘how knowledge opens new vistas for economic growth.’ He said that Pakistan’s approach should be supportive for Information Technology (IT) related industry, financing for higher education, research funding and incentives and goals for academia. He said some of the richest companies of the world did not produce or sell consumable goods; rather they own formulas and designs for smart products.
These companies owe their success to their investment in research and development. The Chairman HEC said the goal of any development in modern times means moving toward becoming knowledge producers. Directors, Centre of excellence, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Dr. Shahid Rashid said a wide range of factors could help move Pakistan’s economy forward. He said that this includes 800 kilometers of Gwadar’s coastline available for value-added export industries and also for international trade of energy. Director, Chinese Studies Centre at NUST, Ambassador(R) Syed Hasan Javed, predicted that CPEC would help Pakistan to join the ranks of top ten economies by 2050. It is already among the top ten states in terms of population, overseas nationals, agriculture, and nuclear fields.
Imran Khan inaugurates Shelter Homes in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated four shelter homes for shelterless people here today.
These shelter homes, that have been established by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government under its one-hundred-day plan, will harbor 430 people.
Those taking shelter in these homes will also be provided with complimentary food. As the temperature drops more and more homeless are expected to take shelter in these homes.
Relevant: Prime Minister Imran Khan today arrived in Peshawar on a day-long visit to the provincial capital. The Prime Minister soon after arrival inaugurated the shelter home at Pajagi road Peshawar City and inspected its various portions. The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, District Nazim Peshawar and senior officers of provincial administration were present on the occasion. The Prime Minister in his day-long visit would also address the special cabinet meeting and an event marking the first 100 days of the KP government at Nishtar Hall Friday afternoon. He will also meet Governor KP, Shah Farman.
Govt making efforts to take country out of crisis
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education & Professional Training and National History and Literary Heritage Shafqat Mahmood today said PTI government was making efforts to take the country out of crisis and put the national economy back on the path of progress by enhancing its trade and export.
Talking to a private news channel, he said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was a completely independent institution and the government has nothing to do with it matters.
He said the corruption cases against leaders of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party were started in the tenure of their governments adding same NAB law was present during the PML-N government and no change was made in its law.
Replying to a question, regarding accountability, he said the PTI government was in favor of ongoing accountability process for recovering and bringing back the looted money of the poor from abroad.
He further said in the present government everyone was accountable, irrespective of whether he or she belonged to opposition or treasure benches.
Responding to another question, he said the transfer and postings of the bureaucrats were preoperative of the federal government and it was being done to put the right man on a right job for efficient working of the government operations.