Published Date: Nov 15, 2013
SPDI,UET sign MoU to engage academia in policy-making process
The University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote socio-economic development
of the country by engaging academia in policy formulation.
was signed by the Vice Chancellor Imtiaz Hussain Gilani and Dr Abdul
Qaiyum Soleri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Executive
Director SDPI in the presence of Ambassador (Retd) Shafqat Kakakhel,
Chairperson, SDPI Board of Governors and Engineer Arshad Abbasi Energy
The MOU is aimed 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 proposed to the Planning Commission, Ministry
of Water and Power and Ministry of Petroleum.
Syed Imtiaz H Gilani
said that UET Peshawar has now 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 in building the first-ever National Seismic Building
Code in 2006, and National Electric Safety Code recently,” he said. He
attributed the severe energy crisis of Pakistan to an ineffective energy
policy adding, there was an urgent need to have stronger links between
policy makers, think tanks and academia, so that factual recommendations
could become part of sustainable policy reforms in energy sector.
the occasion, Dr Abdul Qaiyum said having noticed the leading role
played by UET Peshawar in the electrical engineering field and its
emerging role in future by establishing the Center of Advanced Studies
in Energy the University would act as a regional hub for presenting
solutions in the energy sector This joint venture is outcome of an
initiative of UET’s Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization
(ORIC) to engage academia in public reforms and solving energy problems
for sustainable development of the country.