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December 3, 2019

Academia-industry linkage for research, development discussed


December 3, 2019

LAHORE:Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Coordination of Marketing and Development of Mineral Resources/Minister of State, Shahzad Syed Qasim along with other officials visited Departments of Mining Engineering and Geological Engineering, of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) here Monday.

The delegation comprising Director General (Minerals), Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division), Engr Muhammad Iqbal and Director, Geological Survey of Pakistan, Lahore Office, Hafiz Imtenan Ilahi also met the UET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Dean Faculty of Earth Sciences & Engineering Prof Dr Muhammad Zubair Abu Bakar who assured full support from the university for development of indigenous mineral resources. According to a press release, Shahzad Syed Qasim highlighted the government’s role in enhancing the mineral sector’s contribution to the economy and the need for an effective academia-industry linkage for research and development support to introduce appropriate and safe mining techniques and beneficial utilisation of mineral product in the downstream industry. The delegation was briefed about the capacities and technical expertise of the Mining and Geological Engineering Departments which could be utilised to explore the mineral potential of the country by reinvigorating the Research & Development in mineral sector.

UET’s Mining Engineering Department Chairman Prof Dr Zulfiqar Ali presented the idea of establishment of Centre of Excellence for Mining Technology. The discussion focused the occupational safety and health concerns in mineral sector operations, exploration of new resources, mine design and mineral processing.

life support course: Punjab University’s Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS) in collaboration with Rescue 1122 organised two days basic life support course for students.

A large number of students from different classes participated in the course. On the first day of training, the students were made familiar with basic life saving techniques that could be used in case of emergency. Afterwards, the students were trained practically for how to respond in case of breathing problems as well as cardiac emergencies.

The students were also taught the technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and different ways of choking in adults and infants and how to cope with it. A pre-test was also conducted by the rescue team.

On the second day, the students were taught about different types of fires and the methods to extinguish those. Practical demonstration of fire extinguishers was arranged to cope with fire incidents.

IAGS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider threw light on the importance of the course and advised the students to play their role for the first aid in case of emergencies.

PHP: Punjab IGP Shoaib Dastgir said to control crimes and accidents on highways, Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) teams should further improve their performance by keeping close coordination and information sharing with district police so that the culprits of robbery, dacoity and other crimes could be put behind the bars at a faster pace.

He said that special teams should be formed at PHP Headquarters to pay surprise visits in all regions and districts to review the performance and utilisation of available resources in case of any violation of SOPs procedural action must not be delayed. He directed for ensuring maintenance of ammunition stock at PHP posts across province and considering smog and fog PHP teams should revise their patrolling plan, especially during night number of patrolling teams must be increased for the security and facilitation of travellers. He directed the patrolling teams deputed to check the public transport to take action against the drivers and transport company involved in over-speeding while a comprehensive and effective policy must be devised keeping in view all aspects to stop accidents of commercial vehicles. He issued these directions during performance review meeting of the PHP.

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