HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 29th August, 2016): The Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili said Monday that water is one of the most important commodities of daily life therefore applied research in water is need of the day to overcome challenges faced by Pakistan. He expressed these remarks while speaking as chief guest at the welcome and orientation ceremony for the second batch of MS students of U.
S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) held at MUET Jamshoro. In order to tackle the water crisis in the country, he said USPCAS-W has been established in MUET with financial assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and technical support provided by University of Utah (UU), United States. He said that USPCAS-W is a state-of-the-art water research center of Pakistan, dedicated to contribute in resolving water crisis of the country through applied research, developing human capital, and academia-industry collaboration and policy formulation.
While congratulating the students of the new batch of the center, Dr. Uqaili said that they should take maximum benefit of the facilities provided by MUET to cater their study and research needs. He said that after getting their MS/PhD degrees, they shall become quality professionals and serve as MUET ambassadors in building bridge between the academia and industry. On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Bakhshal Khan Lashari said that importance of water is global and there is dire need of high quality professionals to tackle the water issues faced by today's world in general and Pakistan in particular.
He said that USPCAS-W at MUET with the support of USAID and UU trying its best to produce water leaders in the field of water. Keeping in view the significance of water and sanitation, two-year MS program in Water, Sanitation, and Health Sciences (WaSHS) has also been introduced from this year. He informed the students about the benefits of the project including Rs.15000/- per month stipend, transport, and hostel accommodation for female students.
Later, Dr. Kamran Ansari, Deputy Project Director gave presentation regarding the academic rules, code of conduct and MUET and UU partnership along with internship opportunities and other facilities provided by the project. Among others, Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rahman Memon, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Rafique Ahmed Chandio, Director Administration USPCAS-W, Shabnam Baloch, Gender and Communication Specialist UU, USPCAS-W faculty and other staff of the Center also attended the ceremony.
The students of newly enrolled second batch were also taken for a university tour where they visited MUET Library, GIS/Computer Labs, Gymnasium, under-construction building of USPCAS-W and Student-Teacher Center. They were also briefed regarding Gender Equity Policy and its future plans and Society of Water Managers at USPCAS-W.