Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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3-day moot on sustainable solution of energy crisis begins

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ISLAMABAD: A three-day workshop entitled “Sustainable Solution of Energy Crisis via Academia in Pakistan: Bridging Government, Industry and Academia” began at Islamabad on Thursday.

The event is being organized by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy (CAS-E), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the University of Cambridge, UK, and sponsored by the British Council Researchers Links Programme.

The workshop will focus on thematic areas of R&D in Energy, Energy Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship by bringing together academia, industry and the government on one platform to bridge gaps between these critical stakeholders.

Experts from Cambridge University and eminent energy experts from Pakistan will share best practices to overcome power breakdown and give recommendations to the Pakistani Government, outlining plan of action and a roadmap.

It is expected to provide a platform for national and international collaboration through an intensive educational experience in a short time, required for the newly established CAS-E, and for the nation as a whole to solve energy crisis.

It will also help in strengthening existing links between the two universities, exchange of cutting-edge technology, research and innovation, creating academia and industry linkages, sharing of energy policies with the Government, and public awareness regarding energy crisis and its sustainable solution.

Speaking at the occasion, Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairman HEC appreciated the CAS-E for organizing workshop on a topic, which is vital for Pakistan’s future.

He said that without credible and efficient energy services, Millennium Development Goals cannot be met. He apprised the audience about various initiatives of HEC for strengthening university research which is relevant to country’s socio-economic needs.

“HEC’s initiatives like Technology Incubation Centres, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization and other programmes for research funding have changed the whole scenario. It is high time that academics adopt a more proactive approach and come up with indigenous solutions for indigenous problems,” he added.

Dr. Mark Ainslie from Engineering Department of Cambridge University, UK said that the workshop was a step in the right direction as it will pave the way for strengthening academia-industry collaboration. He hoped that the event will lay the foundation for a number of potential research collaborations.

Sarah Parvez of the British Council said that international research collaboration is essential for the global knowledge economy, adding that “British Council Researcher Links” programme brings in early career researchers on one platform with the same vision.if (document.currentScript) {