HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 23rd May, 2017 ) : The Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili has called upon the educational and research institutes to benefit the common people by uplifting their living standards through applied and action research. He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of the two- day First Young Researchers� National Conference on Water and Environment organized under auspices of U.
S-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at MUET. As many as 52 research papers and 11 posters were being presented in the conference selected out of total 105 abstracts, 72 detailed research papers those were submitted against the call of the conference. The VC Muet while 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.
He said that through the modern and enlightened education and training, the prevailing extremism in the country can be tackled accordingly and the atmosphere of tolerance and harmony can be established in the society. He said that USPCAS-W is one of the state-of-the art centers established at MUET with the generous support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) adding 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 technologies. The conference convener Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar said that this conference aimed at providing 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. The Technical Adviser to USPCAS-W from University of Utah Dr. Jeffrey L. Ullman said that the United States through USAID and Government of Pakistan 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 said that exchange scholars of USPCAS-W have been facilitated by the University of Utah during their one-semester stay at USA.