Islamabad, Harmony in society is fundamental to peace and progress, these views were expressed by Shindo Yusuke, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Islamabad, in a talk organized in COMSATS University Islamabad on Wednesday.
Over 300 Students, faculty members and key officials of COMSATS University Islamabad participated from 7 campuses located in Islamabad, Attock, Abbottabad, Wah, Lahore, Vehari and Sahiwal in the talk delivered by Mr. Yusuke on “Japan: Its People, Culture and Tradition”.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Muhammad T. Afzal, Rector CUI expressed gratitude to the Japanese people and government for their technical assistance and adding value to the lives of doctoral scholars like himself. He recalled that the friendly relations and cooperation between Japan and Pakistan are historically significant.
Prof. Afzal also said that with his experience in Japan as a researcher he learnt the traits of respect for humanity, humility, and hard work from his peers. He also highlighted the progress of CUI as one of the leading universities of Engineering and Information Technology in the country having won several accolades in a short span of only two decades. He called for having more Japanese Alumni in the COMSATS University faculty.
While introducing culture, tradition and history of Japan, Mr. Yusuke said that Japan is rich in tradition and history while it is also the birthplace of latest technology. Mr. Yusuke encouraged students and IT professionals from Pakistan to learn the Japanese language and consider visiting and working in Japan. He said that Japan was among the least affected nations in the Covid-19 pandemic due to hygiene and cultural practices of the people. He also highlighted various historic and cultural aspects of the Japanese Society and emphasized peaceful coexistence, order and self-development for a harmonious society.
Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Founder Rector CUI, Executive Director COMSATS said that Japan is a world leader in quality education but its role in enhancing human resource development in Pakistan needs to be enhanced with exchange of faculty and students. Dr. Zaidi expressed interest in establishing academic collaboration with top ranked Japanese universities and called for exporting highly skilled human resource to Japan.
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Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar (Assistant Professor at Department of Economics, CUI Islamabad campus) has been selected to participate in the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences to be held on August 24-28, 2021 as part of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
The selection for participation in Nobel Laureate Meetings is an acknowledgement of excellence in respective fields. The 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will host only 373 Young Economists from around the globe pointing to Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar’s inclusion in an exceptionally talented pool of young economists.
The prestigious Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years though the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings were founded in 1951. The Young Economists will have the opportunity to meet top minds in Economics to discuss major economic challenges. The meetings include lectures, panels, round-table discussions on interdisciplinary topics and informal small- group meetings with the Nobel Prize winners.
This conference is fully funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS). The funding body will also be organising visits to various universities and research institutes renowned in Economics during the Post Lindau week.
Speaking about his selection, Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar said, “It is an absolute honour for me to be among the only four Young Economists selected from Pakistan. I am thrilled to have achieved this milestone selection for an opportunity to interact with great Noble minds congregating from across the world at Lindau, Germany. It will be highly valuable to meet Noble Laureates and get insights from leaders of Economics discipline.”
Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), CUI, in collaboration with American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and U.S. Embassy Islamabad organized a seminar on ‘Air Quality in Pakistan: Interpreting Data and Improving Public Health Communication’ by Dr. Gabriel M. Filippelli, Director, Center for Urban Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA on April 22, 2019. Dr. Gabriel shared his knowledge on health impacts of air pollution and urgency to raise awareness among the public. He emphasized on the significance of air quality monitoring on national level.
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23 April, 2019
“How to control over pumping of aquifers”
Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) hosted Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach from Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, for a talk titled, “How to control over pumping of aquifers”. The event was held on Tuesday, 23 April. 2019 in the Main Library Auditorium, CUI. Students from different departments participated
Over pumping of aquifers, mainly due to irrigated agriculture, is an unsustainable practice found in numerous regions of the world. While economists advocate non-regulation free market outcomes, here the point of view is argued that an early control of over pumping is a better choice. Consequences of over pumping are numerous including drying up of wetlands, die-off of phreatophytic vegetation, soil subsidence, seawater intrusion and increase of pumping energy requirements. We particularly note the value of a well-filled aquifer as a means of buffering increased climatic variability expected under climate change. While control of a surface reservoir is easy, the control of ten thousands of wells is a challenging task. It can be tackled with new technologies, which have recently become available.
Prof. Wolfgang Kinzelbach also explained about environmental externalities of over pumping Drying up of streams and wetlands, Die-off of phreatophytic vegetation and desertification, Soil subsidence, Irreversible decrease of storability, Salt water intrusion and Depletion of storage. He also focused on, Elements needed for a management system. For both water levels and pumping rates management is required. Monitoring: 3 quantities, water pumped, groundwater levels, area irrigated, decision support: can be simple water balance or complex gw-model, policy implementation can be by cap or price. The cycle is repeated every year. Prediction feasible, as recharge is. Delayed
Prof. Wolfgang suggested about Smart metering and control of pumping, Control of surface water reservoir is simple. Groundwater control is notoriously difficult as there are hundreds and thousands of wells.. Simple mechanical water meters are not viable as they are destroyed easily. You would have to put a policeman at every well. A hi-tech approach was chosen in Luotuocheng. So called Smart meters. They are operated by a swipe card, which carries the water right in te beginning of the season. When swiping the card a second time to stop the pump, the pumped volume is subtracted. There is a warning if one gets close to the quota. Once the card is empty, no more pumping is possible. For the first time there are really measured pumping data.
After a vote of thanks by Hassaan Sipra, Scientific Officer, CCRD, CUI, a souvenir was presented by Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistance Professor, to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in front of Junid Zaidi library. Refreshments were served to participants.
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Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) hosted Mr. Asad Mahmood, Manager (Technical), National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, for a talk titled, “Energy Efficiency Initiatives & Legal Framework for Pakistan”. The event was held on Thursday, 07 February 2019 at the Junaid Zaidi Library Auditorium (Basement), CUI. Faculty and students from various departments, including mathematics, management sciences and engineering, gained insights from Mr. Mahmood, a field based expert on energy efficiency in Pakistan.
Mr. Mahmood described the legislative framework that led to the approval of the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2018, noting that holistic regulatory mechanisms were defined across major energy consuming sectors: transport, building, power, industrial and agriculture. Mr. Mahmood explained the major potential for energy efficiency is in securing 500-1,000 MW of capacity by actively working to secure energy flow, generate data on business categories, and via introduction of businesses to new energy technologies, standards and trainings.
In particular, Mr. Mahmood highlighted the immediate need for localized energy efficiency to manage load shedding through summer action plans, sensitization of development projects to low power factor, implementation of the green building codes for public sector construction, strengthening of institutional arrangements, and the incorporation of energy efficiency into the PC-1. He went on share success stories in the energy labelling, brick kiln retrofits and energy efficient schools, noting that these successes could not have been achieved without the clarity of mandate to different departments in the run up to the NEECA Act 2018 approval.
Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD, presented a souvenir to the guest speaker after a vote of thanks. Alongside refreshments, key issues related to university students’ engagement on data collection for identification of industrial categories, growing green architecture demand and the water-energy nexus were discussed, as a means to continue building collaborations.