“Lahore Science Mela” 2018 interaction of science and culture

A Two-day long activity “Lahore Science Mela” was organized by Khwarizmi Science Society (KSS) at Ali Institute of Education with the support of prominent Philanthropist Syed Babar Ali. Fifty plus stalls, book fairs, displays were set up for the children. This event was a provisional science museum which welcomed the people of Lahore to explore the scientific discoveries and milestones in Pakistan.

A large number of organizations along with educational institutes became the part of the event including Technology Times, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lahore University of Management Sciences, GC University, CESOS University Peshawar, Institute of Business Administration, Community College Shukkur, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan Science Club, Robokids, EjadTech, Lahore Astronomical Society, and many more.

Technology Times in collaboration with PSF and Pakistan Academy of Sciences introduced a unique feature in Science Mela by displaying a 100 feet long banner having pictures of eminent Pakistani scientists and engineers who were decorated by Government of Pakistan for their achievement in their respective fields. It is a great opportunity for children as well as all other participants to know about real legends of Pakistan. A large number of students and citizens appreciated the Banner, and click photos with their favorite personalities pictures.

“The Lahore Science Mela  (LSM) 2018 is a science fest; showcased inventions, discoveries, experiments, science models and artifacts received from all parts of Pakistan. It is an opportunity to engage all citizens, especially the children in celebrating science. Our focus is on the wonder aspects of practical science accomplished through practical activities such as hands-on games and experiments that will appeal to our young boys and girls”, said by Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi the President KSS.

There is a session on interaction among scientists, educators, doctors, engineers and public in the Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan. This year, ECOSF brought two Mathematics experts from Isfahan Iran to display interactive maths games and puzzles that children enjoyed and learned principles of Mathematics with fun.

Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECOSF told that “team from Iran not only inspired young scientists, but also instructed science students about theoretical and practical aspects of mathematics.  As mathematics is considered to be a dry subject but it is one of the most important science and if it taught interestingly many children can be attracted to it”.

Dr Sabieh Anwar, brain behind the LSM said, “the science museum here at LSM showing lively exhibits of science, art and culture. The festivals demonstrate to aware students that science is not just a dry facts subject”.

The science fair provided opportunity for students of smaller town to exhibit their scientific ideas. They excellently and confidently displayed their science projects and inventions, and also instruct others about the importance of evaluating the scientific phenomena.

Participated school’s children have made number of interesting projects like WiFi enabled “Fruit Cart” to pick and load the fruits and vegetables in gardens and farms, solar panel which could be used to automate for watering the fields.

Dr Sharareh Dastjerdi, from Isfahan Iran, who also set up stall of Khana-e-Riazi Isfahan (Isfahan Mathematics House), told that coming to Lahore was a tremendous experience and this science fair provided opportunity to interact with upcoming scientists of Pakistan.

Commenting on the Banner, the President KSS, Dr Saadat Anwar Siddiqi said, “our people especially young generation is not familiar with the real heroes of Pakistan – the scientists, the engineers, who dedicated their lives for Pakistan. This Banner introduced our scientists and engineers briefly. Through this people will know about their contribution which will encourage them to follow. Moreover, this Banner also introduced different fields of science and technology to our young scientists, this will help them to choose their area of study in future”.

The purpose behind arranging Mela is not to teach but to have fun, through hands-on activities, workshops, fascinating science experiments and demonstration of technological tools that are aimed at all age groups, thus fueling visitors’ innate curiosity towards science. KSS is aimed at promoting the science culture in Pakistan’s educational institutions and in general public.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

Together For Water

PR:  Panelists while discussing World Water Day concurred that water resources, if managed properly, by all actors collectively, would ensure that everyone has access to it. They agreed that human behavior, social customs, institutions, and government policies heavily influence conservation of water.

The discussion took place at a seminar “Together for Water”, held jointly by Nestlé Pakistan and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).  The panelists represented a range of stakeholders; from think-tanks to academia and from government to private sector. The seminar highlighted issues faced by Pakistan, stressing possible solutions and a collaborative approach towards water conservation.

Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is also goal number six of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by United Nations which signifies its importance. Pakistan has the world’s fourth highest rate of water use. The water intensity rate the amount of water in cubic meters used per unit of GDP- is also the highest in the world, suggesting that the country’s economy is more water-intensive. This wastage of water must be halted to further dive into the pool of scarcity.

Highlighting the importance of finding nature based solutions to water conservation, Hammad Naqi, CEO, WWF-Pakistan said WWF-Pakistan is committed to promoting nature based solutions to conserving and restoring water resources of Pakistan. This encompasses a holistic approach of water stewardship, security and conservation combined.”He gave the example of how WWF is working with companies like Nestlé to implement an international water standard that promotes the use of water in a socially equitable, economically beneficial, and environmentally sustainable way, through a stakeholder inclusive approach.

Nisar Memon, Chairman of Water Environment Forum, talked about water governance in Pakistan, saying, “People and Governments of Pakistan are together to protect, preserve and plan water assets of Pakistan such as:  7235 glaciars and our major rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. The climate change challenges are being met with our 2013 National Climate Change Policy and today as we meet here in LUMS Lahore, the Council of Common Interests meeting in planned in Islamabad to approve the National Water Policy to ensure water-energy-food for our over 210 million is well governed.”

Dr Zakir Hussain, Principal Scientific Officer, Pakistan Agricultural Research Councilsaid“Pakistan’s agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change. Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change requires more efficient use and equitable distribution of irrigation water, agricultural insurance to protect farmers against losses, and support from the government in adopting climate-smart agricultural practices.”

Dr Abubakar from the Centre of Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS talked about how technology can be usedin agriculture for efficient water management. He also stressed the need for industry workingwith academia to find solutions, using Nestlé-WIT relationship as a model. The two partners are working on smart soil sensors that can help farmers to reduce water usage in agriculture and also avoid crop stress due to over and under irrigation.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

IUCN celebrates World Water Day, calls for measures to address water challenges

PR:  To celebrate the World Water Day 2018, IUCN joined hands with PCRWR, UNESCO, ICIMOD, ICARDA, ECOSF, CCRD and Riphah International University to commemorate the day, the theme of which for this year was Nature for Water.

Each year, the World Water Day (WWD) brings attention to and highlights a specific aspect of water. This year’s theme “Nature for Water” provides an important opportunity of exploring nature-based solution for various water challenges including floods and droughts.

A Poster Competition among university students was also organized. The event was held in PCRWR premises and was well attended by representatives of various institutions and University students.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Ms. Vibeke Jensen Director, UNESCO described a brief picture of the global water crisis. She remarked that resolution of the issues faced by the World lies in the preservation of nature which is degraded by enhanced anthropogenic activities. She further elaborated that she was well aware of Government of Pakistan’s efforts on getting the national water policy approved and research and development efforts related with the theme of the year’s WWD theme. Water issues and crisis have multiple impacts, said Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat Chairman, NDMA. Under the changing climate, water related disasters are becoming very common affecting every aspect of life.

Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN Pakistan traced the declining per capita water availability figures in Pakistan since independence and stated that the declining water quality was a direct result of damage to the ecosystems health. “IUCN Pakistan believes that the solution lies in green infrastructure. He remarked that ecosystems are transboundary in nature and have a major impact on the occurrence and status of water resources. It is in this sense that IUCN is actively engaged in concerted efforts on protecting degraded ecosystems with reforestation activities,” he added.

Quoting some examples of such efforts, he particularly mentioned the herculean efforts of IUCN in restoring the coastal ecosystem by planting millions of mangroves with the collaboration of Pakistan Navy and involving local communities, who were the major beneficiaries of the activities. The efforts are still on-going with more commitments from the Pakistan Navy who have pledged over one Million mangrove plants for greening the ecosystem.

Dr. Abdul Majid, Country Director, ICARDA remarked that importance of water lies in how we use water resources. In order to save the nature, water must be conserved in all consumer sectors. A healthy eco-system ensures protected and well managed water resources.

Earlier Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR, in his welcome speech remarked that Nature itself possesses a balance of resources and any imbalance may cause shortage of these resources; the current water crisis is the most critical example.

A panel discussion was also held circling around preservation of “eco-system and water resources”. Mr. Ahmad Kamal Chairman Federal Flood Commission, Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra Country Representative, ICIMOD, Dr. Ghulam Rasool Director General PMD, Mr. Hassan Muhammad Khan Chancellor, Riphah International University and representative of ECOSF shared their expert opinion around the theme of world water day 2018. At the end, awards were distributed to the first three positions among the students who participated in the competition.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

MUET organizes IEEEP 33rd all Pakistan Engineering Students Seminar and CPEC University Support Program lecture

PR: While speaking about university Support program (CUSP), Consultant China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad Lt-Gen (retired) Muhammad Asghar said that the HEC would enhance the potential of higher education institutions for supporting socio-economic transformation under CPEC with a focus on development of quality human resource, civilizational harmony and knowledge inputs.

“CUSP means a turning point that manifests transition from historical period to the next,” he said this while speaking as guest of honour to participants of a program titled 33rd IEEEP (Institution of electrical & electronic Engineers Pakistan, Karachi center) All Pakistan Students’ Seminar in collaboration with Faculty of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro held at main auditorium of MUET .

Consultant CPEC Lt-Gen Muhammad Asghar threw light on planning parameters of Pakistan vision 2025 that there were seven pillars or priority areas including first connectivity: modernizing transport infrastructure and regional connectivity to support economy that is well-integrated with regional development like CPEC.

He said that secondly people first consisted of developing social and human capital and empowering women; thirdly growth:  sustained indigenous and inclusive growth while protecting natural resources and addressing impact of climate change; fourthly governance: democratic governance, institutional reforms and modernization of public sector. He said that fifthly pillar included security: energy, water and food security, sixthly entrepreneurship: private sector and entrepreneurship growth and seventhly and finally knowledge economy: developing competitive knowledge economy through value addition.

He also highlighted planning parameters of sustainable development goals (SDGs) encompassing no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure and reduced inequalities. He continued SDGs by including sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions and partnerships for the goals.

He said that CPEC long-term plan had another seven facets consisting of connectivity including infrastructure for integrated transport system and establishment of digital corridor; energy-related infrastructure; trade and industrial parts; agriculture and poverty alleviation; tourism and development of ocean economy; cooperation in areas concerning people’s livelihood and non-governmental exchanges and financial cooperation and border management. He divided the CPEC long-term plan into timelines — short-term, mid-term and long-term from 2020 to 2030.

Speaking as chief guest, IEEEP president and National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) technical general manager Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan said that this event gave opportunity to all young students and future engineers to present their project based research work which could lead towards conducting collaborative industrial research in order to meet indigenous technological needs of the country.

He said that IEEEP recognized this significant contribution and hoped its continuity in future. He congratulated all those who were part of this institution, organizing committee, technical experts while providing technical support for arranging this mega event.

Thanking all guests and organizing committee, MUET vice chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam Uqaili said that the university transformed and evolved from undergraduate degree awarding institute to research one (university) in the past 10 years. “MUET is committed to raise research quality by employing PhD’s in conventional fields as well as in emerging areas of engineering and technology,” he said. He stated that students of the varsity regularly had been participating in IEEEP students seminar as it is an honour for MUET to hold this event.

“IoT (Internet-of-Things), cloud and big data are distinct technologies that have proressed separately with passage of time. Recently, it is observed that these technologies are getting interdependent to each other by means of processing information through connected mediums,” Sungkyunkwan University Seoul South Korea department of computer education PhD assistant professor Dr Nawab Muhammad Faseeh Qureshi said.

He stated that recent research challenges in resolving convergence problems during large-scale data processing in a distributing big data environment. He illustrated cloud, big data and IoT with examples.

MUET Faculty of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Dean and distinguished national professor Dr Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry who was also Chief Organizer and technical coordinator of the seminar gave awards and certificates to guests and participations, while engineer Dr Farzana Rauf Abro who was the convener of the seminar paid a vote of thanks. Prof Dr BS Chowdhry informed that it is first time that 20 groups of final-year students belonging to 13 national and international, public and private universities presented their research papers on various topics during two technical sessions and masters students were also invited to submit their posters for the competition.

Later on, MUET Pro vice chancellor Dr Tauha Hussain Ali inaugurated poster exhibition held at gallery of main auditorium varsity (MUET) where he encouraged around 45 participants who were final-year and Masters students of various national private and public varsities in the country. The IEEEP Chairman Engr Irfan Ahmed thanked Vice Chancellor MUET and Dean FEECE Prof BS Chowdhry for organizing the great event in befitting manner  having participation of  more than 600 students, faculty members, and professional from Industry.

Engr Naveed Ansari, IEEEP Vice President South announced the result of Winners in the paper and posters competition.

Reference: www.technologytimes.pk

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