DHUCP Delegation meets Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)

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On March 4, 2019: A Double Hundred University Cooperation Program (DHUCP) delegation comprising of Prof. Shi Zhumei and Mr. Liu Bo from China and President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor Soomro and Engr. Khalil Raza met with Engr. Dr. Nasir Mehmood Khan Head Engineering Accreditation Division and International Liaison at Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Headquarters in Islamabad. Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Mr. Aijaz Hussain Shah of PEC Unit of PEC, were also present during the meeting. Prof. Soomro introduced the visiting team and overall purpose of the meeting. Prof. Shi shared the idea behind the project. Prof. Shi underscored that role of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), where Pakistan can be a base model for other developing countries under Belt and Road Initiative push the engineering technology development to address many challenges especially in the public governance through digital technologies.

Dr. Khan welcomed the DHUCP delegation especially the Chinese colleagues to Pakistan and appreciated the concerted efforts of ECOSF and AETDEW to promote engineering technology and education in the ECO region and beyond. Dr. Khan shared that role of PEC, which acts as a professional body for accreditation of engineering education and regulation of engineering profession in Pakistan. Dr. Khan affirmed that Pakistan is gradually transitioning to adopt digital and e-governance in many public and private sector organizations. There is certainly an area with huge potential where technological capacity in Pakistan is still lacking, and this is where China could help Pakistan, he said.  Dr. Khan further proposed to constitute a working group on DHUCP in Pakistan with participation of all relevant stakeholders to effectively steer and manage the DHUCP program.

Prof. Soomro added that a the AETDEW has a Council; however, a BRI Coordinating Committee of the project and a working group in each participating country would be a good step if approved by the DHUCP management.

It is pertinent to mention here that PEC has already developed a high level working group on CPEC for its effective implementation with particular reference to infrastructure and Engineering.

However, the President ECOSF and Council Member of AETDEW Prof. Soomro emphasized on the importance of CPEC and the need for Infrastructure Repair and Maintenance Training Center for Engineers and Technicians in Pakistan, which could also be utilized for other BRI countries. Thus he advised Dr. Khan to include DHUCP project concept for discussion in Working Group of PEC for CPEC. Dr. Khan assured the delegation that PEC will put forward the DHUCP project concept in the meeting of the working group.

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