Graduate seminar on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MUET

Graduate Seminar on Technology and Entrepreneurship: Ecosystem of Universities of Pakistan held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) MUET Jamshoro. 

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Innovation Seminar

Dr. Zeeshan Khatri, Professor at Department of Textile Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) said that Pakistan, due to various persisting problems and challenges, is one of the best for opportunities of entrepreneurship and particularly technopreneurship in the world.

Dr. Khatri said that the passion is the most effective motivator for an entrepreneur while a businessman only focuses on the profit.

He noted that entrepreneurship is the mindset for an idea generation and innovation and value addition while technopreneurship is the value creation by the use of technology in the products. Dr. Khatri said that the technology is not for love or hate but the proper utilization.

He said in the market customers always try to find the uniqueness in the products so in this way the entrepreneur innovates and customer validates the products. Speaking on the importance of the technology, Dr. Khatri said that technology plays a vital role in the innovation and transformation of the product for its utility. “Successful entrepreneur is who believes in the achievable dreams, and for entrepreneurs, big problems are the bigger opportunities.” he added.

Dr. Khatri opined that the days of the time management were gone, now it is time for energy management efficiently and effectively. He said through effective and efficient energy management, the sustainable solutions for various daily life problems can be sought out.

On this occasion, USPCAS-W MEUT Deputy Director Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar introduced Dr. Zeeshan Khatri to the participants of the seminar. He said that Dr. Khatri is one of the top faculty members of MUET having the highest impact factor in the university and a maximum number of registered patents.

He told that Dr. Khatri is also a Co-founder of NanoCLO and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MuTech (Pvt.) Ltd. Dr. Mahar said that the USPCAS-W has been established at MUET with the generous support by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Pakistan under the cooperative agreement at MUET and technically supported by University of Utah (UU), USA.

He said that the Center had been equipped with modern water laboratories to conduct applied research in the water sector in Pakistan. The USPCAS-W Students attended the seminar and also participated in the question-answer session of the graduate seminar.


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Rabies control workshop held at UVAS

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore under its project titled “In-service Training Facility of Advance Veterinary Education and Professional Development for Veterinary Professionals (IVPD)”, organized One Health Approach Towards Control of Rabies

University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Rabies Workshop

It was funded by the Punjab government in collaboration with “Indus Hospital Karachi” and World Health Organization under the project heading of “Zero by 30” is collaborating with Local health authorities in Pakistan to help claiming the country “Rabies Free by 2030” organised a training workshop on “One Health Approach towards Control of Rabies” here on Thursday in UVAS City Campus.

In-charge Infectious Disease Department Indus Hospital Karachi Ms Naseem Salahuddin presided over the inaugural session of the workshop while Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Director IVPD Project Dr Hafsa Zenab, In-charge Pet Center Prof Dr Asim Khalid, Chairman Department of Epidemiology Dr Hassan Mushtaq and large number of faculty members and students from UVAS sub-campuses were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Naseem Salahuddin thanked UVAS to providing opportunity for working together to control rabies which is deadly disease for human.

She hoped that with the combine effort of UVAS and Indus Hospital Karachi rabies control programme would successfully running in Lahore through one health approach. She also mentioned various activities conducted to curb rabies diseases in Karachi.

Pro VC Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said UVAS Parasitology Department, Pet Center, Epidemiology department and whole Veterinary faculty working actively for the prevention of deadly disease like rabies. He thanked IVPD project for financial support and lauded organizers of the workshop to arrange workshop on very important issue.

Dr Hafsa Zaneb spoke about the objective of the IVPD project for the uplift of veterinary education and professional development. Dr Hassan Mushtaq presented the vote of thanks.

Meanwhile, Ms Naseem Salahuddin along with Pro VC Prof Dr Masood Rabbani met with UVAS Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha in his office.

The purpose of this activity was to implement the scientific methods for prevention of rabies by source control. Its other objectives includes mass dog vaccination, ,educational awareness of rabies prevention in the community through talks, flyers, posters and banners and encourage communities to maintain cleanliness of their environment, development of a team that will help in future to eliminate dog mediated Rabies.

Rabies is an enzootic and epizootic disease having worldwide significance affecting almost all mammals species and is characterized by acute encephalitis. Rabies virus transmitted through saliva to man by the bite of an infected animal usually a dog and over 95% of human cases caused by bites from rabid dogs.

Various aspects would be discuss in five days event related to prevention of rabies, introduction of one-health approach, experience of rabies-free Karachi project, community engagement and education, dog count survey, dog catching using control poles etc.

Video massage of Dr Bernadette Abela Ridder on neglected zoonotic diseases and Mr Daniel Steward on animal behavior were also presented during workshop.


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Science mela organized to promote science interest

A two-day science festival for the schoolchildren was arranged in Faisalabad at the Expo-center by University of Agriculture.
This was one of the largest science festival in the city the purpose of this activity is to promote interest in science and math among the students.
The mega science festival was organized by the district authorities including district education authority Faisalabad, district government Faisalabad, Roshan Kinara and Pakistan Alliance for Math and Science. Students from both the private and government schools fully participated in the festival.
More than 6000 students from both private and government schools of Faisalabad displayed different science models. The science festival witness one of the large participation of girl’s school from the region.
Students displayed their talent by exhibited more than 255 science models in the festivals which includes many innovative concepts such as robotics, sensor for disable children, smart lightning control systems mini drones that could carry medicines and aid for the people in need, various products made from recycled material and model of solar city displaying solar panels for greener lifestyle.
The festival was attended by teachers, entrepreneurs, science specialists and government officials who appreciated the work of students participated in the festival.
Students on this occasion said that such event will give us a lot of confident and will help us in practical lives adding that they had learned a lot from the festival.
Teachers while giving their remarks on the festival said such festivals need to be organized more often so that the students are encourage to bring out their best.


Math-A-Thon held at Comsats to break chain of traditional methodology

PR:  Third Math-A-Thon took place at the COMSATS University Islamabad with the aim to break the chain of traditional teaching methodology for mathematics. The students created the new and exciting ways of teaching mathematics to the school goers by using sports and local games.

The Math-A-Thon initiative was jointly taken by Comsats University, Code for Pakistan, Numaish Karachi and Alif Ailaan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Alliance for Math and Science. Several Math-A-Thons are being planned to be held all across Pakistan in different universities.

Total sixty teams from ten different departments of Comsats join the students of three girl’s high schools and three boy’s high school. Every team consists of three university students and one student each from government schools.

Children tend to learn and used mathematics in the daily life from very early age. Our current education system sparing no efforts to make the theoretical mathematical concepts relevant to the daily lives of the children. The critical thinking of children is hampered by the prevalent culture of rote-learning and result-based outcomes in education system resulting in poor learning.

The Annual Status of Education Report 2016 (ASER) uncovers that more than 50% of grade 5 students can’t perform two-digit division sum bases on the educational modules of grade 2. The math score for the Class IV students in the NEAS exams conducted in 2016 was 484 out of 1,000.

With the present level of learning results of children’s, the requirement for advancement in the traditional style of teaching and learning must be addressed as priority. Gamification of science is one stage towards breaking the chain of traditional technique for teaching mathematics.

Dr Seemab Latif was of the view that she had picked up a few fascinating concepts during the students presentations and suggested universities and involved institutions to organize school-level Math-A-Thons to popularize math learning.

All the participating groups was awarded with cash prizes and certificates by the judges panel consisting of Zain Maken (Teach for Pakistan), Faisal Laghari (LearnOBots), Dr Seemab Latif (AWAZ), Neha Noor (Pakistan Innovation Foundation), Badar Muneer and Amal Hayat from the Knowledge Platform, and  Masud Ahmad Deputy Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO).


“Building media relationship for science popularization”: workshop at Innovation Summit Punjab

“Science communication is the main channel for the dissemination of scientific information to the general public. Good science journalists are experts in making complex topics accessible to a lay audience, while holding to scientific accuracy” this was told by speakers at a workshop organized by Technology Times in collaboration with Khwarizmi Science Society on “Building media relationship for science popularization” at Invention to Innovation Summit held at Confucius Center, New Campus University of Punjab.

The objective of workshop was to popularize science in a broader context through effective science communication.

Shahzada Irfan from daily The News while delivering lecture said “Science serve the society regardless of cast, creed and religion science has no boundaries”. He further stated that there is number of beats in media houses but there is no beat of science journalism in Pakistan because supply side is absent because academia is not teaching science journalism which results lack of science journalist in Pakistan.

“Science should be presented in non-formal context in the language which can be easily understood by public. Communicating science is not like celebration, one should have to expert in presenting scientific information which is easily accessible to lay man” said Dr. Sabieh Anwar, Secretary General Khwarizmi Science Society.

Dr. Shahla Adnan, faculty member of Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi said, “In order to increase public understanding on science we as a nation have to develop the taste buds of Pakistani community and in this regard, media plays its pivotal part as it is considered to deviate the attention of general public”.

Sayyed Paras Ali, CEO Technology Times explained, “Without a clear understanding of science, it is impossible for general public to engage in meaningful thought, debate, or actions regarding some of the most pressing, controversial, and consequential matters which are facing our society”.

Language barriers create a gap among the scientists, technologists, journalists and the laymen and it can only be eliminated by making science simple and understandable for all, he further added.

The participants of the workshop also discussed the role of scientists as science communicator that need to be addressed and science journalism is the main channel for disseminating the scientific information to general public. In this regard scientists have to be expressive because relationship between scientists and the media can shape the effectual communication of scientific advancement to the lay public.

Participants from different disciplines believes that formal training in science communication can promote the routine practice of science communicator for better understanding to general public.