Govt to prohibit plastic bags in ICT by August 14

The government is currently working on a plan to proscribe single use plastic bags in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) by August 14, as informed by the minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul to the National Assembly.

Govt to prohibit plastic bags in ICT by August 14As an substitute to plastic bags, the ministry has distributed 5,000 cotton bags amongst parliamentarians, media personnel and officials of Ministry of Climate Change, employees of the Federal government to combat the menace of raising plastic pollution.

Moreover, several cotton bags are being procured for distribution in Juma and ltwaar bazars and various markets without any penny of cost just to raise awareness campaign on the hazards plastics bags that for the most part hit the eco-friendly environment.

Keeping in line, the Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) had conducted a detailed survey of Industrial Estate of Islamabad and takes preemptive measures and introduces environment friendly bio-degradable shopping bags in collaboration with four companies.

Pak-EPA, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) and all associations of industries are working together for the first model green industrial zone of Pakistan and all essential steps are being taken under the green and clean initiative of Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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UET students developed telerobotic system using VR

Pakistani group of students from the UET, Lahore have highly developed telerobotic system that could amplify the use of robotics in local industries.

UET students developed telerobotic system using VRThe team comprises of Armughan Sarwar, Abdullah Humayun, and Muhammad Waseem developed the system as part of the Final Year Project uses robotic manipulators for path planning and re-configuring the path of robots in case of assembly changes.

Robots make repetitive tasks much easier but if the system requires any changes, modifying the patterns is a hard job and requires specialist services. It comprises of a robotic manipulator, a virtual reality headset, a machine vision system and a processing unit.

Project Supervisor, Ahsan Naeem says that the concept of telepresence is used to train the physical robots through a virtual robot.

“The intention is to interact with the robot in a virtual environment through a controller. The movement of the handheld controller is captured through motion capture system. The real physical robot will pursue the same path as of the virtual robot.”

Here’s the question arose what it does if the VR robot mimics the movements of the virtual robot in real time. The system is back-end programmed in such a way that anyone can program the robot to follow a specified path and perform the assigned tasks.

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HEC Allama Iqbal Scholarships for Srilankan students

The HEC has announced ‘Allama Iqbal Scholarships’ for 1000 Sri Lankan students to study in the preeminent higher educational institutions of Pakistan under the Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme.

HEC Allama Iqbal Scholarships for Srilankan studentsThe Allama Iqbal Scholarship is a golden platform for the international aspirants to chip in and pursue higher education in the eon of Science, technology and other mounting domains.

Scholarship offers full tuition fee of the programme for study in Pakistani universities, lodging allowance, study allowance, books allowance, and one-time return air-ticket.

The Allama Iqbal Scholarships were part of HEC’s internationalization initiative to promote international students to study in Pakistan. The programme aimed to prop up an effective swap over of knowledge and better understanding of cultures and traditions between both the countries.

The last date for submission of applications is May 15. To check the terms, conditions and eligibility criteria visit the link.

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Lahore Science Mela 2019 will befall on 5-6 October

Lahore Science Mela 2019 will take place on 5 and 6 October 2019 at the Children Libraries Complex, Lahore, to celebrate the mega science from all walks of life.

Lahore Science Mela 2019 will befall on 5-6 OctoberThis year, mela coming up with a thematically sectioned festival with active exhibitors focusing on physics, wildlife, energy and environment, industry, life sciences, medicine, geology and weather, space and astronomy.

As, 2019 being declared as the International Year of the Periodic Table, a special focus on materials, chemistry and the elements are drawn.

The ultimate aim of the event is to welcomed the people of Lahore to explore the scientific discoveries and milestones in Pakistan. Many budding youth from various schools of the city and outside going to exhibit their models at the event. 

Registrations for exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors are all open. Registrations are free. All you have to do is visit the special website dedicated for the Lahore Science Mela.


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Virtual university commemorated its 10th convocation

Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) commemorated its 10th convocation at Jinnah convention centre on April 25, 2019. A total of 1521 students were conferred degrees for the successful completion of various degree programs.

Virtual university commemorated its 10th convocationA total of 18 gold medals and 67 merit certificates were also awarded to outstanding graduates. Dr Najma Najm Ex Vice chancellor Karakoram University graced the occasion as chief guest.  

Addressing the ecstatic audience on this propitious occasion, Mr Naeem Tariq VU, welcomed the guests and copiously thanked respected parents for gracing the event with their presence.

Mr Naeem Tariq  highlighted the achievements of Virtual University, its leading role in delivering information and communication technology based education and contribution in the provision of quality education even to the remotest areas of the country.

He said VU is promoting research culture among its students. He further told that a fully equipped mobile laboratory for life sciences student is fully operational, which is providing lab facility across Pakistan.

He further added that Virtual University of Pakistan is training youth of Pakistan through DigiSkills training project that is designed to train one million people of the country. He said that this training program has impart digital skills among youth of Pakistan.

Congratulating the students, he advised them to use their knowledge and skills they had learnt at Virtual University to make an extraordinary difference. He further asked them to always remain committed with their profession, improving their skills and be lifelong learner.

Addressing the ceremony, chief guest Dr Najma Najm appreciated the Virtual University, its role for promotion of quality education across the country. She said VU is an institution of higher quality learning and research that has a considerable stature in society.

She expressed her deep appreciation for the efforts being made by VUP towards achieving academic excellence and promoting higher education at far flung areas of Pakistan. 

Dr Najma Najm, along with Rector Mr Naeem Tariq distributed medals and awards to the high achievers to celebrate dedication in their respective disciplines. An audience including proud parents, members of faculty, eminent personalities from academia, corporate and public sector attended the event.


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