Researchers national moot on water, environment at MUET opens
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.