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SCI-Pak Consortium Signed MoU with UET Peshawar

City: Peshawar

Date: August 25, 2010

Under the EU Funded SCI-Pak Project, which aims at promoting sustainable and cleaner production in the textile processing and leather tannery industries of Pakistan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the SCI-PAK Consortium and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar. The MoU Signing Ceremony was held at Vice Chancellor’s Office UET Peshawar on Aug 25, 2010. Mr. Qazi Sabir, representative of the SCI-Pak Consortium and Engr. Syed Imtiaz H. Gilani, Vice Chancellor, UET Peshawar signed this agreement.

Mr. Sabir provided a general overview of the project and said, “SCI-Pak is working on introducing Resource and Energy Efficiency (R&EE) measures in manufacturing industries of Pakistan, though indigenization of foreign technologies. Through conducting study tours, liaison with original equipment manufacturers, technical workshops, and undertaking industrial case studies, the capacity of local industrial equipment manufacturers in being enhanced, so that they can provide R&EE solutions to local industry. The Project aims to educate the students of the university on sustainable production thorough a series of seminars and help them develop as future change agents for the industry, and to bring about technological innovations in the local industry.”

The courses, he explained, would include topics such as Energy Auditing, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Better Housekeeping, End of Pipe Treatment, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), and Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE) etc. He also pointed out that students will be provided opportunities for industrial internships so that they can apply the skills learnt in the seminars.

Mr. Gillani, upon signing of this agreement said, “Energy and Resource Efficiency are the need of the hour for Pakistani industries. There is immense potential to make our industries more efficient, hence reducing the cost of doing business, and increasing their competitiveness.” He noted that the issue of Sustainable Production has particular relevance in the context of energy shortfall, and global warming. He suggested that local industries can take a quantum leap by adopting the Sustainable Production path, and hoped that the agreement will impart education and experience to the students, which will be beneficial for their understanding of practical industrial issues.

Dr. M.A. Irfan, who will be the focal person for the SCI-Pak activities in the University, appreciated the scope and activities of the project and said that it has always been desirous of the University to better equip the students for the professional challenges and the envisioned cooperation between the University and the SCI-Pak project will certainly help that.