Re­searchers na­tional moot on wa­ter, en­vi­ron­ment at MUET opens

Daily Messenger - - National - Ab­bas Kas­sar

HY­DER­ABAD: Two­Day First Young Re­searchers’ Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment or­ga­nized by un­der the aus­pices of U.SPak­istan Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Stud­ies in Wa­ter (USPCAS-W), in­au­gu­rated on Mon­day at Mehran Univer­sity of En­gi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy ( MUET), Jamshoro. Speak­ing in the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of the con­fer­ence held at the MUET Au­di­to­rium, Vice Chan­cel­lor MUET Dr. Mo­ham­mad As­lam Uqaili said that the sole purpose of ed­u­ca­tional and re­search in­sti­tutes to ben­e­fit the com­mon peo­ple by up­lift­ing their liv­ing stan­dards through ap­plied and ac­tion re­search. He said that USPCAS-W is one of the sta­teof-the art cen­ters es­tab­lished at MUET with the gen­er­ous sup­port of U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID). He said that through this Cen­ter, around 250 schol­ars will be trained who will con­trib­ute in the knowl­edge econ­omy of Pak­istan by solv­ing the wa­ter chal­lenges. He said that USPCAS-W is a world class ed­u­ca­tion and ap­plied re­search Cen­ter ded­i­cat­ing to re­solv­ing Pak­istan’s wa­ter chal­lenges through ap­plied re­search, de­vel­op­ing hu­man cap­i­tal and tech- nolo­gies. Dr. Uqaili ap­pre­ci­at­ing the idea of this young con­fer­ence said that such con­fer­ences will pave the way for the healthy com­pe­ti­tion among the young re­searchers and also will pro­vide net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties among them to work col­lec­tively to tackle the wa­ter and en­ergy chal­lenges faced by Pak­istan. Dr. Ra­sool Bux Ma­har, the con­fer­ence con­vener, said that this con­fer­ence aimed to pro­vide an ideal aca­demic plat­form to young re­searchers and schol­ars from all over the coun­try to share their lat­est find­ings about the wa­ter and en­vi­ron­ment re­lated is­sues. He said that this con­fer­ence is a re­search paper and poster pre­sen­ta­tion com­pe­ti­tion on wa­ter and en­vi­ron­ment re­lated themes among the young schol­ars who are pur­su­ing higher stud­ies in the dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties of the coun­try. Dr. Ma­har fur­ther said that in to­tal 105 ab­stracts, 72 de­tailed re­search pa­pers were sub­mit­ted against the call of the con­fer­ence and fi­nally 52 re­search pa­pers and 11 posters were se­lected to be pre­sented in the con­fer­ence. Dr. Jef­frey L. Ull­man, Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser to USPCAS-W from Univer­sity of Utah, said that the United States through USAID and Gov­ern­ment ofPak­istan through the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) have part­nered to­gether to cre­ate state of the art cen­ters for ad­vanced stud­ies in Wa­ter, En­ergy, Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity, whereas Univer­sity of Utah is pro­vid­ing the tech­ni­cal sup­port to the wa­ter cen­ter housed at MUET. He fur­ther said that ex­change schol­ars of USPCAS-W have been fa­cil­i­tated by the Univer­sity of Utah dur­ing their one-se­mes­ter stay at USA. Mr. Arif Hasan, the coun­try’s fa­mous Ur­ban Plan­ner and Ar­chi­tect de­liv­ered his talk in the ple­nary ses­sion on Ur­ban­iza­tion Trends and their En­vi­ron­men­tal Reper­cus­sions: The Case of Karachi. Mr. Hasan said that un­prece­dented pop­u­la­tion growth, poor ur­ban plan­ning, lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ir­reg­u­lar pat­tern of ur­ban­iza­tion cause many prob­lems in Karachi and other cities of Pak­istan which in­cludes poor sup­ply of wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and waste man­age­ment is­sues. Mr. Nadeem Ahmad, Man­ager Pol­icy and Ad­vo­cacy in WaterAid Pak­istan gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) and Wa­ter: The­matic In­te­gra­tion, Im­ple­men­ta­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing SDG-6. ex­treme events.

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