Energy crisis Ghani seeks experts help

Kabul – Speaker KP Assembly Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani urged the experts to play their due role in resolving energy crisis. He stated this during his visit to the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E), a joint programme between UET Peshawar, NUST and Arizona State University (ASU) USA funded by USAID, Pakistan, here on Thursday.

Accompanied by Deputy Speaker Mehmood Jan, Senator Fida Muhammad Khan and Abbas Khan, Advisor, Ghani said that despite having abundant reserves of hydel and oil resources in KP, we have not come up with tangible solutions to overcome the challenges in the energy sector.

Assuring full support of KP government in engaging experts in policy, Mushtaq Ghani directed the Center to present solid proposals in energy where Government support could be extended. He also stressed the faculty to build up strong linkages with stakeholders and for that matter, advised to promote the USPCAS's profile and its achievements at all levels.

Senator Fida Muhammad Khan also assured that linkages could be established with WAPDA and USPCAS for finding solutions of losses in feeders installed at various places of Peshawar. Pro-Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar, Engr Professor Dr Noor Muhammad briefed the meeting on the role of USPCAS-E and its achievements in the field of energy.

Dr M.A Irfan, Dean Faculty of Mechanical Engineering gave a detailed presentation over the USPCAS-E's profile. He said, the Center had awarded nine applied research grants to the industry and its human resource development program was going successfully through Master and PhD programmes. The students not only studied one semester at ASU, but were fully capable to work at the state of the art laboratories at the Center.

Due to relevant expertise available at the Center, first-ever energy model of KP and FATA had been developed by the students which could be utilized by the Government in making future policy for energy needs. Director USPCAS-E, Dr NajeebUllah briefed the meeting for prospective joint ventures in the field of renewable energy for ensuing sustainability in future.

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