U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)

U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)

University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar
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Saturday, 07 March 2015 09:31

Enterprise Saturday held at USPCAS-E

The USPCAS-E conducted its first-ever community outreach series, Enterprise Saturday under its “Entrepreneurial Spirit Program” on March 07, 2015. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Program is aimed to encourage and inspire young individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial ambition through free lectures and networking sessions. Experts from Cambridge University, UK, Higher Education Department (HED), Directorate of Science and Technology (DOST) Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Office of Research Industrialization and Commercialization (ORIC) from University of Peshawar and UET Peshawar highlighted various features of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Najeeb Ullah, Director said, the Center is aimed to bridge government-industry and academic via credible applied research and sustainable policy formation for the development of Pakistan’s energy sector. He said, USAID has funded the Center to offer entrepreneurship trainings to enhance the abilities of young people in relevant areas in energy, particularly, in electrical energy system, advanced energy materials, energy policy and renewable and clean energy”.

Dr. Andrew Linn from Cambridge University shared his success story as entrepreneur and urged the importance of dialogue between individuals, institutions and government to transform a research idea into a viable commercial product. Dr. Khalid Khan, Additional Secretary, HED assured government’s support to young people for presenting best ideas. Ayesha Rauf, Manager ORIC UET Peshawar presented her ideas on entrepreneurship.  

The Enterprise Saturday is a regular monthly feature, aimed to develop creativity and turn ideas into actions. It will help universities to bridge gap between academia, industry and government and develop entrepreneurial culture. The program brought more than 100 female and male students from different departments of University of Peshawar and UET Peshawar. These included Environmental Sciences, Physics, Institute of Chemical Sciences, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Zermina, a female participant shared her experience that the program addressed all concerns of students who have plenty of ideas but lack understanding of setting up their own spin-offs. “The efforts of USAID for the people of Pakistan especially, females is appreciable because 50% scholarships will be awarded to females,” she remarked.

USPCAS-E held its first-ever Open Day on April 21st, 2015 at UET Peshawar. The program was aimed to introduce prospective students and general public about the various programs and initiatives of Center particularly, academic programs, scholarships, funding opportunities and admission procedure for Spring Intake, 2015.

The Open Day was a part of “admissions outreach plan”, devised by USPCAS-E Communications Office. A pre-event outreach campaign was held through staff presentations at targeted departments of University of Peshawar including Department of Environment Sciences, Institute of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Institute of Management Sciences (IM Sciences Hayatabad), CECOS University, Sarhad University of Information Technology and UET Abbotabad.
 
The Open Day was widely publicized through outreach campaign through UET student professional organizations such as Pakistan Institute of Chemical Engineering (PIChe), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The UET student societies posted flyers at different departments of UET Peshawar, University of Peshawar and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Swabi (GIKI). This campaign lasted for three weeks along with social media campaign on face book.  
 
The event turned out to be a huge success in terms of turn-over of public from academic institutions. As many as 250 male and female students and academia from Higher Education Institutions showed up to the Open Day from public and private universities of KP including Department of Physics, Electronics, Environmental Sciences, Institute of Management Sciences  Sociology, Institute of Chemistry (University of Peshawar), Kohat University of Science and Technology and UET Peshawar’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering etc.  The academic experts and staff offered career advice during the “counseling session” held after the presentation ceremony.
                                                                                
Students were informed of the financial support for admissions and applied research projects, having direct relevance to Pakistan’s indigenous energy problems. These research grants will be provided to selected students. Some of these research projects will be joint research projects, either with UET Peshawar or Arizona State University. The staff held one to one discussions with young women to help them understand that Center encourages and strives to empower women scientists and researchers to actively participate in academic programs and applied research to solve Pakistan’s contemporary problem by giving 50 percent seats to women.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson, along with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, officially launched the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS), a $127 million investment from the United States building partnerships in higher education and research, at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). More than 300 students, faculty, and administrators attended the event.

This initiative is a set of partnerships between world-class U.S. and Pakistani universities that will harness applied research to find innovative and practical solutions for Pakistan's energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges. Both the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar will partner with Arizona State University to create two centers for energy research; the University of Jamshoro and University of Utah will partner to create the center for water; and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad and the University of California at Davis will partner to create the center for agriculture and food security.

"The future we want to build with Pakistan is inherently university-to-university, business-to-business, people-to-people. Those are the ties that last, that build real understanding and prosperity on both sides, and we have a strong foundation for progress," said Under Secretary Stengel in his keynote address.

Through the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies, U.S. and Pakistan universities will also partner to build capacity and long-term cooperation, including with the private sector to drive innovation and growth. To this end, the United States will provide graduate-level scholarships through exchange programs and support construction of world-class libraries, laboratories, and additional research facilities.

Since 2009, the United States Government has built or rehabilitated about 1,000 Pakistani schools, provided over 5,000 scholarships for Pakistani students to study English and awarded scholarships to more than 12,000 Pakistani students to study at Pakistani higher education institutions through various USAID educational programs. The United States also currently supports nineteen partnerships between Pakistani and U.S.-based universities.

The USPCAS-E UET Peshawar undertook a wider outreach program with targeted engineering departments and private HE institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The staff delivered subject specific sessions advising prospective students and faculty through exclusive visits. In this respect, the staff visited two leading HE institutions recently including Sarhad University of Information Technology, Peshawar on April 9, 2015 and UET Abbotabad Campus (Electronic Engineering Department) on April 13, 2015 and Institute of Chemistry on April 15, 2015.

The purpose of these visits was to highlight the vision of USPCAS E, UET Peshawar to expedite the recruitment activities of Spring Admission Intake and encourage women to participate in the program as part of USAID policy of gender equity. Mr. Adnan Alam, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist deliberated in detail on funding and scholarship opportunities for male and female students, applied research, entrepreneurship program and admission criteria for each stream with an emphasis on MS program in Electrical Energy Engineering System to be started from spring 2015. He also answered the audience on various questions.

Ms. ShamailaFarooq, Communications Manager briefed the audience on vision of Center and passed invitation to students for 'Open Day' being conducted by the Center on April 21st, 2015.The staff also gave away publicity material and souvenirs of USPCAS-E UET Peshawar program among students and faculty.

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