Stu­dents’ ac­cess to lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­dis­pens­able to leap for­ward: Ba­ligh

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South Asian Strate­gic Sta­bil­ity In­sti­tute Univer­sity is to hold a round­table con­fer­ence on “Nu­clear Sup­plier Group Cri­te­ria based ap­proached and its im­pli­ca­tions on High-Tech trade: A case for Pak­istan’s mem­ber­ships”. The func­tion will be held at 1730 hrs, June 23rd at Ser­ena Ho­tel. **** Min­is­ter for Hu­man Rights will ad­dress at “one Day Na­tional Work­shop on Child Mar­riages” on June 23rd, 6:45 pm Islamabad Ho­tel. **** Pak­istan Na­tional Coun­cil of the Arts will hold a Me­hfile-Mi­lad for ladies on June 23rd, 4:30 pm at PNCA gallery no. 3 F-5/1 Islamabad. June 28 In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Re­forms will hold a sem­i­nar on “Is Pak­istan Iso­lated? Re­gional Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties”. The event will be held at 4:30 pm, 28th June at Com­stech Sect, 33 Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue, G-5/2 Islamabad. ISLAMABAD—Min­is­ter of State for Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Stan­dards in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, En­gi­neer Muham­mad Ba­ligh-urRehman on Wed­nes­day said stu­dents’ ac­cess to lat­est tech­nolo­gies is im­per­a­tive to move for­ward in their ed­u­ca­tional pur­suits. The min­is­ter was speak­ing at a cer­e­mony held at Pak­istan In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Ap­plied Sciences (PIEAS) to dis­trib­ute 231 lap­tops among the stu­dents of MS and PhD pro­grammes.

He said that it is due to the ded­i­cated ef­forts of in­sti­tu­tions like PIEAS which have placed Pak­istan at the top in en­gi­neer­ing and sci­ence among the Is­lamic coun­tries.

“We are proud of be­ing the nu­clear power and this could not have be­come pos­si­ble with­out the com­mit­ment of en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists trained in in­sti­tu­tions like PIEAS”, Ba­ligh said. Stud­ies show that the lap­top dis­tri­bu­tion among the stu­dents nar­rows the dig­i­tal di­vide and ac­cess to com­puter by stu­dents helps them to leap for­ward.

The Min­is­ter said that the other coun­tries are also fol­low­ing the same pur­suit of dis­tri­bu­tion of lap­tops among stu­dents for bet­ter stud­ies and re­search. He added that the gov­ern­ment strictly fol­lows the merit in the dis­tri­bu­tion of lap­tops among univer­sity stu­dents.

To con­tinue the jour­ney to­wards sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal pro­fi­ciency, he said, Prime Min­is­ter’s Lap­top Scheme was ini­ti­ated by the gov­ern­ment un­der the able lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif for young and bright stu­dents of pub­lic sec­tor higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions. This pro­gramme en­cour­ages bright stu­dents to pur­sue fur­ther re­search and aca­demic work in their re­spec­tive fields.

Ear­lier, Rec­tor PIEAS, Dr. Muham­mad As­lam told the au­di­ence that PIEAS ac­quired de­gree award­ing sta­tus in year 2000 and within a short pe­riod of six years it was ranked as top En­gi­neer­ing In­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) sur­pass­ing the well-known en­gi­neer­ing uni­ver­si­ties of the coun­try. He ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port of gov­ern­ment through Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) and Pak­istan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion (PAEC) to PIEAS in achiev­ing its set tar­gets.

He praised his fac­ulty as PIEAS con­sis­tently re­tained this pres­ti­gious po­si­tion in the sub­se­quent HEC rank­ings held in 2010 and 2013. PIEAS has been de­clared as top ranked univer­sity of Pak­istan by QS Rank­ings Asia 2014 and 2015.

Pak­istan In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Ap­plied Sciences (PIEAS) is a top rank­ing en­gi­neer­ing univer­sity work­ing un­der the aegis of PAEC, has 143 reg­u­lar full time fac­ulty mem­bers. One hun­dred of which have ac­quired Ph.D de­grees from re­puted uni­ver­si­ties of USA, Canada, UK, France, Ger­many, Ja­pan, China and Aus­tralia.


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