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Solar power project inaugurated at GIK Institute

By Muhammad Farooq
November 16, 2023
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology building. — GIKIET website
 Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology building. — GIKIET website

SWABI: A solar power project was inaugurated at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here on Wednesday.

The one-megawatt project was commissioned by Ashar Aziz, executive chairman of Sky Electric, a US-based company.Osman Saifullah Khan, a member of the Board of Governors of the GIK Institute, Shakil Durrani, Executive Director of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), rector and various other officials attended the ceremony.

Ashar Aziz had a detailed meeting with executive director of SOPREST, GIK rector and deans of various faculties of the institute.The matters relating to collaboration between the GIK Institute and Sky Electric in various energy-related fields, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, deep and machine learning, cyber security and data analytics were discussed.

It was decided that both the organizations will share mutual experiences and promote research and innovation. Ashar Ashar shared his experiences about the new startups in the fields of computing, cyber security, energy, and other technological fields in America.

The Sky Electric chairman also addressed the students during his visit.He offered to organize a boot camp at GIK Institute while exploring the academia-industrial collaboration in view of programmes of the GIK Institute and well-equipped labs in the fields of computing, engineering technologies, material and minerals, advance management and electrical engineering.

GIK Institute Rector Prof Dr Fazal A. Khalid said that work on the solarization process started a year ago and Sky Electric had completed this project in a record time of less than three months.

He said now low-cost electricity would be provided to the campus that will not only reduce the energy bills cost but also reduce power supply disruptions which used to impact the academic activities.He offered collaboration to Sky Electric for research and innovation in technology on mutually beneficial basis which was agreed in principle.