Ah­san Iqbal dis­cusses Pak-MIT col­lab­o­ra­tion in S&T sec­tor

The Pak Banker - - NA­TIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment & Re­form Ah­san Iqbal held meet­ings with the lead­ing fig­ures at Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) and dis­cussed with them the col­lab­o­ra­tion with MIT in science & tech­nol­ogy field in­clud­ing set­ting up a state of art univer­sity in Pak­istan.

His meet­ings in­cluded one with Karachi-born quan­tum as­tro­physi­cist Ner­gis Maval­vala, As­so­ciate Depart­ment Head of Physics at Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT). Maval­vala is a mem­ber of the team of sci­en­tists that an­nounced the sci­en­tific mile­stone of de­tect­ing grav­i­ta­tional waves, rip­ples in space and time hy­poth­e­sised by physi­cist Al­bert Ein­stein.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment con­grat­u­lated her on her suc­cess and dis­cussed op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion with MIT in the field of Science & Tech­nol­ogy of the coun­try. Ah­san Iqbal also met Bill Aulet, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Martin Trust Cen­ter for MIT En­trepreneur­ship at MIT in Bos­ton. The cen­ter is re­spon­si­ble for en­trepreneur­ship across all five schools at MIT start­ing with ed­u­ca­tion but also ex­tend­ing well out­side the class room with stu­dent clubs, con­fer­ences, com­pe­ti­tions, net­work­ing events, awards, hackathons, stu­dent trips and most re­cently ac­cel­er­a­tors.

He pre­sented his book and we dis­cussed ideas to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship in Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties so that our youth be­come job cre­ators in­stead of job seek­ers. Min­is­ter also met wiht Prof. Richard Lester, As­so­ciate Provost at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Bos­ton, where he over­sees the in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of the In­sti­tute to dis­cuss MIT's col­lab­o­ra­tion in set­ting up state of the art univer­sity in Pak­istan.

He pre­sented his book on Pro­duc­tiv­ity. We are launch­ing a cam­paign on Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Qual­ity & In­no­va­tion for mak­ing Pak­istan a com­pet­i­tive econ­omy, he ap­prised Prof. Richard. Mean­while, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment met with Pak­istani stu­dents at Kennedy School, Har­vard Univer­sity. He ap­prised them about the im­prove­ment Pak­istan is mak­ing year by year.

" We need to have con­fi­dence in our­selves and keep a sus­tained ef­fort, he stated. Min­is­ter also high­lighted Chi­naPak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), which of­fers great prom­ise for Pak­istan's fu­ture.

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