The Express Tribune
Published Date: Nov 19, 2013
Healthy practice: UET Peshawar, SDPI join hands for research
A Pakistani university and an Islamabad-based research
institute joined hands on Monday to conduct a joint research on
technology-related policymaking in the country.
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Engineering and
Technology (UET) Peshawar, at SDPI’s office in the federal capital,
under which the two will collaborate on issues of policy governance,
management and policy reforms in the energy sector. It states that they
will also organise joint seminars, workshops and meetings and will
undertake new research and publications.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Suleri emphasised on the need to
conduct research in order to support progress on development policies in
Pakistan. "Credible research will strengthen the policymaking process
in the country," he said while adding that more higher education
institutions should develop partnerships with research organisations.
According to the UET Peshawar Vice Chancellor (VC) Imtiaz Hussain
Gilani, the role of universities has grown beyond academics alone and
there is a need for academic input in the policymaking process. “The
faculty of UET Peshawar is actively engaged not just in teaching, but in
research and development activities as well,” he said.
The university is to be the fourth-most advanced in the world
regarding research expertise in earthquake prediction, the VC claimed.
Representatives of both institutes said the partnership would help
nourish a culture of healthy research in the country that would
ultimately benefit government policies, especially in the energy sector.