UNESCO to fund water research

Published: July 6, 2017
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SWABI: Country director of United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation Vibeke Jensen said on Wednesday that UNESCO and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology will explore ways to work together in water research field.

In a meeting, the university rector and Jensen discussed in detail ways and means to work together and agreed to continue their interaction to start work while exploiting the water resources in the best interest of the country.

“We are extremely keen to launch research work on water. We have many advantages being situated near River Indus and sharing a boundary with Tarbela Dam,” Jehangir Bashar, Rector of GIK Institute said.

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He informed Jensen that Engr. Shamsul Mulk, president GIK Institute parent body, Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), is a world renowned expert in the field and his wide knowledge in the area could be used by the two institutions.

She was told that GIK would soon launch a civil engineering programme and water would be its essential part.

Jensen said that UNESCO and GIK Institute would continue to explore ways for working together while researching on water resources to use the same for the welfare of the people.

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She also said that UNESCO also wants to provide financial support to the girls in getting quality education. “However, we could not support individual but the institutions/universities to support the girls across the country to acquire higher education,” she explained.

Another area which came under discussion was the photonic engineering which is planned to be launched very soon by GIK Institute.

Jensen had also shown interest in the field of photonic engineering which would be further discussed in future interaction between the two institutions.

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