The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together with 2 of Pakistan’s best universities: NUST as well as UET, has released a program to develop energy research and solution hubs in Pakistan – The US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy, this program was introduced in Arizona State University earlier this week.
The release was visited by common names like Senator John McCain who, while giving the opening opinions, says:
“This new partnership provides an incredible opportunity to help solve Pakistan’s deepening energy problems as well as identify unique methods to develop more reliable power production. I commend the leaders of Arizona State University and the partner institutions for starting this particular innovative initiative, through which trainees and researchers in both countries will continue to work together to handle the problem of sustainable energy, an essential problem for both our countries in the 21st century.”
The five-year energy plan was introduced by Donald Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at USAID, together with the representatives of NUST, UET, and Arizona State University’s Senior V . P . for Knowledge Enterprise Development. With this particular effort, the centers at NUST and UET Peshawar will become top sustainable energy think tanks that will harness practical solutions for Pakistan’s present and future energy demands. Together with Arizona SU, these universities will become centers which give attention to applied research relevant to Pakistan’s energy demands and educating the next generation of energy researchers, engineers, and plan makers.
The US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy are the result of an $18 million USAID grant, which is as part of a larger $127 million project to assist Pakistan’s economic development by building up universities. The work is actually structured as 3 partnerships in the fields of energy, water, and agriculture and food security, between 3 American and 4 Pakistani universities.
“Lately the 2 Pakistani universities have started programs that the public demands,” stated Mohammad Shahid, the Pro-Rector of NUST. “We need to fill in the gaps. There is a serious need.”
Also present at the occasion, Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Vice Chancellor of UET,Peshawer said:
“It’s essential the project makes life far better for the people of Pakistan. With things calming down in the political arena, I think it is now time for the private sector to come in and make investments. It’s a country that demands every thing, not just energy. … I really hope the frontier spirit I feel on this campus drives a lot of people to come ahead and invest.”
Pakistan is actually seeing an annual growth of 4.8% in the energy utilization department with a overall generation capacity of 19,222 MW. To keep up with the increasing need of energy, our generation capability will also need to be elevated. It’s hoped that this diplomatic contract between Pakistan and USA pays off in the long term.