ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain, Monday stressed the need for an up-to-date training of engineering professionals to enable them address the impending challenges of growing population and depleting resources.
Addressing the World Engineering Congress (WEC), which is being attended by more than 150 renowned scientists and engineers from 20 Muslim countries, the President said engineering input was indispensable for sustainable and long-term development.
The three-day Congress is being organized by Pakistan Engineering Council in collaboration with Comstats Institute of Information Technology, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Malaysian Society of Engineering and Technology, Malaysia and Institution of Engineers Pakistan, here at the NUST Auditorium.
President Mamnoon said the issue of unproportionate population surge and the scarcity of resources had become a major challenge for developing countries like Pakistan.
He said it was the time to analyze whether there exist the ability and resources to fulfill the requirements relating to growing population and inadequate infrastructure.
He said the role of engineers in this situation had assumed greater significance for a better planning to address issues related to water, sanitation, nutrition, health and safety.
President Mamnoon said the conduct of this Congress in Pakistan is indeed auspicious as it holds the promise for the advancement of engineering in all its manifestations.
He said the congress would provide momentum to the country’s efforts for the acquisition of modern knowledge and advance skills.
The assembly augurs well for the scientific, technological and above all the economic development of all of us, especially the Islamic countries, the President added.
He said WEC would also be instrumental in creating synergies between us under the umbrella of Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries.
President Mamnoon expressed confidence that this congress would provide a great opportunity for mutual sharing of expertise and knowledge amongst the engineering professionals.
He said the event would also help the policy makers in addressing the issues faced by the industry and the research and development organizations.
He said these gatherings enable to benefit from each others’ knowledge and experience and contribute to overall growth. “I am confident that this assembly of the engineers today would prove to be a real harbinger for the future industrial growth and development in the country,” he said.
President Mamnoon said the engineering educators must take a closer look at how engineering students are being prepared to enter the realms of practical world.
He said as the students of today will have to serve in a quite different environment tomorrow, therefore they must be equipped with latest knowledge and advanced skills. He expressed confidence that the leading engineering institution like NUST and COMSATS were cognizant of their responsibilities and were contributing significantly towards national development.
The President lauded Pakistan Engineering Council for a number of its professional initiatives and achievements particularly revision of Accreditation and Registration System to harmonize with international practices; Provisional Signatory status of Washington Accord and International Professional Engineering Agreement (IPEA) of the International Engineering Alliance; achieving membership of several international bodies/organizations such FEIAP, NABEEA, FEIIC, WFEO; developing building code for Seismic Provisions-2007; Building Energy Code-2011 for energy efficient housing; and now entering into an agreement with USAID Power Distribution Program (PDP) for the development of ‘National Electric Safety Code’.
Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said in the age of civilization, research and innovation can ensure socio-economic development.
He hoped that the assembly of renowned scientists and technologists would deliberate upon the ways to benefit from the multifarious dimensions of engineering.
He said besides the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), the FEIIC can play role in promoting dialogue to achieve the objectives.
The message of Secretary General of Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries (FEIIC), Dr. Gulbazar, who belongs to Kazakhstan, was read out on the occasion.
She said the World Engineering Congress is a great platform to promote mutual interaction between the engineering professionals as well as institutions for mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise among them.
Chairman PEC Engr. Syed Abdul Qadir Shah in his welcome address said Muslim countries must develop an indigenous technology rather than depend on the borrowed one to address the impending challenges.
Earlier, one-minute silence was observed at the commencement of the event to express solidarity with the victims of bomb blasts in Peshawar yesterday.