The University of Agriculture Faisalabad in collaboration with the Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center (PASTIC) staged a one-day exhibition on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Information Technology exhibition.
As many as 50 educational institutions from four corners of the province took part in which students presented their innovative ideas. They presented 120 projects at the expo.
The expo was inaugurated by Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ashraf and Faisalabad of Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Muhammad Sikander Azam. UAF Director Research Dr Zahir Ahmad Zahir, PASTIC Director General Dr Muhammad Akram Shiekh, UAF Dean Social Sciences Dr Mahmood A Randhawa, Dean Food Sciences Dr Masood Sadiq Butt, UAF Principal Officer Estate Management Dr Qamar Bilal, Dr Abdul Rasheed, Dr Naveed, Dr Waseem Ahmad, Dr Khurram Zia, Farooq Hassan and others were also present on the occasion.
Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad said that the government was committed to promote education and address the issues of a common man.
He said that such platform was essential to sharpen God-given skills of students and provide them opportunity to think out of box and exhibit their skills. He said that numerous initiatives were being taken on the part of government that will open up new avenue of progress for the country. He also said that we have to work on polishing our innovative ideas to redress the grievances of farming community, general public, and industry.
Dr Muhammad Ashraf said that the country was blessed with talented youth who come up with innovative ideas. Ashraf said the provision of such proper platform will help the youth refurbish their skills that will contribute in the prosperity of the country.
He added that enhanced academia and industry linkages will ensure knowledge-based economy. He said that in the modern world, the knowledge was doubling with each passing year. The VC said that the university was promoting the culture of tangible and problem solving research at the campus.
Muhammad Sikander Azam stressed upon the scientists to address the issue of the industry for the development and prosperity. Sikander said that it was an excellent exhibition to open the mind of the students to create innovation keeping the challenges of modern era challenges in view.
Dr Muhammad Akram Shiekh said that one innovative idea can change lives. He said that we had to enhance the people engagement in the scientific activity and to communicating scientific advancement in the society. He said that they were bringing tangible measure for the said cause.
Dr Zahir Ahmad Zahir said that the university was running more than 2.5 billion rupees research projects that will address the different challenges. He said that they had established patent wall in front of New Senate Hall in which mangy patents had been displayed.
He said the university had developed excellent ties with education and research institutions nationally and internationally.