Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) faculty members have won China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Collaborative Research Grant by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

According to details, Dr Shakeel Sadiq Jajja Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS won the grant for CPEC.

Dr Jajja is the Principal Investigator (PI) and the project’s key team members from LUMS are Dr Raja Usman Khalid and Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan. The project’s collaboration is with Zhejiang University’s School of Management from where Dr Yongyi Shou is the Co-PI, who has worked extensively on the BEV related supply chain issues and maintains a thorough understanding of the present status of the BEV industry in the China and how the industry has evolved over time.

The project, “Electrification – A Step Towards Sustainable Mobility in Pakistan” from LUMS has secured an HEC grant under its CPEC- Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG) initiative. The focus of the project is on uplifting Pakistan’s industry’s Electric Vehicles (EVs) value chain with exploration and dissemination of understanding of new business models and supply chain management related issues and guiding the development of the needed policies and regulatory frameworks. This is planned to be done by “understanding the underlying factors that can trigger the build-up of the ecosystem for the development of manufacturing supply chain and adoption of EVs in developing countries, particularly in Pakistan”.

Talking about his achievement, Dr Jajja said, “All praise for the luxury of time provided at the school to work on research, he also appreciates the ‘trust’ in the faculty to produce high-quality research and the ‘generosity’ of the school’s leadership in terms of financial support through the school’s research fund and the university’s Faculty Initiative Fund and start-up grants, that they can always turn to in case they fall short of funds.”

“When we submitted this project to HEC, we budgeted for more, and what HEC finally approved was less than what we had proposed. At this time the business school was very generous in giving us additional resources from the school’s budget to support this research. So, I think that kind of generosity is what powers this type of research,” added Dr Jajja.

Commenting on the grant, Dr Alnoor Bhimani, Honorary Dean, SDSB said, “The HEC grant will assist the team of researchers from SDSB and Zhejiang to advance an important line of research. EV technology-based transportation is reshaping the world.  Pakistan must be part of that conversation and this research will directly speak to supply chain issues and business model enhancement tied to EV. Congratulations to Drs. Shakeel, Usman and Zahoor on undertaking this important research and being awarded this grant.”

The first phase of a program aimed at teaching the Chinese language to youth in Thar has been completed with heartening results.
A top official of Sino Sindh Resources Private Limited (SSRL), a local subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, said that dozens of boys and girls in Thar Block-1 are getting proficient in the Chinese language.
Children of local villagers in Thar Block-1 are being taught the Chinese language by qualified teachers under a long-term program initiated by SSRL. The project which SSRL is carrying out in collaboration with the Confucius Institute, University of Karachi was inaugurated a few months ago.
The first session has been recently completed and the results are quite heartening. Both boys and girls have now become familiar with the Chinese language. The second session has commenced recently.
To encourage the students trophies and medals and gifts for the top ten will be distributed during the second session.
“Such initiatives are the need of times as the local youth are being equipped with an additional skill which will help them in establishing themselves in the future,” commented Li Jigen, SSRL’s CEO.
“We have initiated this project to help local kids learn the Chinese language. This skill will be an added tool for them once they enter professional life.
“Dedicated Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute have been employed to impart Chinese language to local kids. These classes are helping the local residents of Thar in overcoming the language barrier,” he added.
A total of 30 boys and 30 girls from local schools of Thar are attending these classes. The classes are being held in three different schools. On weekends the teachers are teaching the Chinese language to local employees of SSRL, which is working on a Coal-electricity integration project in Block 1 of Thar Coalfield. It is a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) priority implementation project.

The China Study Centre (CSC), University of Peshawar and the higher education institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are jointly conducting a three-day international conference titled “CPEC: Collaboration in higher education and sustainable development”. The conference began on Tuesday and aims at exploring various collaborative initiatives among higher education institutes in Pakistan and China.

The 5th Deans and Directors conference with a central theme of “Creating Impact with CPEC” was held under the aegis of National Business Education and Accreditation Council (NBEAC) in Karachi on the 5th and 6th of February. The purpose of the conference was to understand the balance and harmony required between international paradigms and the need to tailor business education in accordance with local requirements.