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Dawn Islamabad

Published Date: Nov 15, 2013

Academia to be engaged in policy formulation

University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) for the promotion of the country’s
socio-economic development by engaging academia in policy formulation.

A news release issued by UET, Peshawar here on Thursday said the MoU
was signed by Vice Chancellor of the varsity and Higher Education
Commission (HEC) Chairman Imtiaz Hussain Gilani and SDPI Executive
Director Dr Abdul Qaiyum Soleri the other day in the presence of SDPI
Board of Governors Chairman Shafqat Kakakhel and SDPI Energy Adviser
Arshad Abbasi.

The MoU is meant to forge academic linkages, interdisciplinary
research and research collaborations with the wider aim to bring energy
experts of UET Peshawar to the policy level so that recommendations
could be made to the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Water and
Power, and the Ministry of Petroleum.Mr Gilani said UET Peshawar had
emerged as an engaged university with major breakthroughs in earthquake
engineering and electrical engineering.

"UET Peshawar in joint cooperation with the federal government has
led to the building of the first-ever national seismic building code in
2006 and National Electric Safety Code recently," he said.

The VC attributed the severe energy crisis in the country to an
ineffective energy policy and said there was an urgent need to have
stronger links among policymakers, think tanks and academia so that
factual recommendations could become part of sustainable policy reforms
in energy sector.

Dr Abdul Qaiyum said having noticed its leading role in the
electrical engineering field and its emerging role in future by
establishing the Centre of Advanced Studies in Energy, UET Peshawar
would act as a regional hub for presenting solutions in the energy
sector.