The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has decided to launch policy research and advocacy think tank – the NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS).
The launch ceremony of the centre is expected to take place on Wednesday, April 3, and statesmen, senior civil and military functionaries, diplomats, corporate leaders, noted intellectuals, academia, experts, scholars, and researchers are expected to attend.
The university is a key player in the process of nation-building through human resource development, advancement of science and technology and national policy formulation, to facilitate the creation of knowledge economy.
NIPS will utilise the policy formulation and advisory potential of the university, in line with the best practices of the top university-affiliated think tanks in the world. A varsity official said that the network of NIPS will be broad-based, representing domestic and global multi-disciplinary academic and multi-sectoral professional expertise.
The think tank plans to provide original, scientific, well-articulated, and multidimensional policy research, analysis, and advocacy in key areas like economy governance and socioeconomic development, international relations, geopolitics and security, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative, water, energy and environment, policy formulation for knowledge economy and science parks.
The NIPS Advisory Council consists of eminent multi-sectoral stakeholders to provide advice and guidance to the functioning of NIPS. NIPS advisory council includes the following experts: Director General NIPS, NUST Dean and Member of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory council Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan, BISP Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar, former Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman Shamsul Mulk, former Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman Dr Attaur Rehman, former finance minister Dr Salman Shah, Ambassador Riaz Khokar, former commander 11 Corps Lieutenant General (retired) Masud Aslam and Akhuwat Foundation Chairman Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 2nd, 2019.
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