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International Energy Conference at NUST Explores Sustainable Solutions for Pakistan

A two-day “International Conference on Sustainable Energy in Pakistan” commenced at the main campus of National University of Science & Technology (NUST) here on Tuesday. The conference has been jointly organised by NUST and the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar. Participants included Federal Minister for Power Division, Mr Omar Ayub Khan; the Mission Director USAID, Mr Jerry Bisson; officials from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; NUST senior management and faculty, renowned national and international energy sector experts; and energy engineering students.

The conference is aimed at promoting research and development in the energy sector by bringing together both international and national researchers, industrial experts, senior policymakers and civil society members to a common platform. The energy professionals reviewed latest developments, opportunities and challenges in renewable and non-renewable energy technologies and discussed future trends. The conference also highlighted key barriers, challenges and possible solutions for the promotion of market-based adoption of renewable energy technologies in Pakistan.

While addressing the occasion, the Federal Minister said that he viewed the conference as a valuable platform for Pakistan’s now-flourishing energy sector and Specialised Research Centers, like USPCAS-E, which sure are playing an instrumental part in providing sustainable and renewable energy solutions. Addressing the participants, Dr Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar, and Maj Gen Muhammad Shahid (Retd), Director General Projects at NUST, encouraged public and private sector to contribute to strengthening academia-industry linkages for addressing Pakistan’s energy challenges through applied research collaboration.

USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson said that meeting the complex and growing energy demands of the future will ultimately depend more on the power of human ingenuity and the capacity to innovate beyond the traditional systems on which we currently rely.

The USPCAS-E program is a partnership between Arizona State University (ASU), NUST and UET Peshawar, focusing on applied research projects relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs, curriculum development, establishment of state-of-the-art research laboratories and exchange programs. This initiative is part of a larger USAID ($127 million) investment in Pakistan designed to harness applied research to find innovative and practical solutions for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges.

Islamabad, March 12, 2019

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