HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 25th Oct, 2016 ): The National Water Research Network (NWRN) will consolidate the existing water research work, validate water research data and suggest for national water policy in Pakistan. According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, it was informed in the meeting of National Water Research Network (NWRN) held at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro. The Vice Chancellor Mehran University Dr.
Muhammad Aslam Uqaili said that universities were not only to produce the graduates but to work on the application of knowledge through applied research. He briefed the participants regarding the establishment of NWRN and also shared aims and objectives of the U.S-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) established in Mehran University with the support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Uqaili said USPCAS-W is going to be emerged as a world-class education and applied water research centre dedicated to resolving water crisis in Pakistan.
He said the existing water data is neither reliable nor accessible however consolidated and validated water data for research will be made available through this network. The USPCASW will serve as the secretariat of the NWRN to facilitate the development and functioning of the network which will pave way for the broader network called Pakistan Water Sustainability Network (PWSN) to be established to seek the sustainable solution to water challenges in Pakistan, Dr.
Uqaili said. He emphasizing on the future action plans of the network said that other relevant stakeholders will be invited to participate and strengthen the network as well as to come up with future action plans. The Chief of Party USPCAS-W, University of Utah (UU) Dr. Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry, while delivering his presentation said that water policy in Pakistan needs an evidence-based expert opinion of water researchers for its effective implementation instead to make it hostage to the political consideration.
He said that USPCAS-W is developing specialized human capital, technologies, academia-industry collaboration and policy formulation to tackle the water issues of the country. Dr. Chaudhry said that through this network, the parliamentarian, policy makers, planners, media and other relevant stakeholders will be sensitized on water-related issues. Apart from the creating a shared understanding of water sector agenda, NWRN will support in achieving water SDG and will promote multi-disciplinary research in the water sector, he said.
He emphasized on bridging existing gap between science and technology in Pakistan and suggested the researchers and scientists to work on the technological solutions of the daily life problems pertaining to water-related issues. Dr. Chaudhry suggested that industries and corporate sector must come forward to commercialize the technology. He assured full support on the part of the University of Utah, USA which is the partner of MUET in implementation of USPCAS-W.