23 US varsities to work with Pakistani counterparts

Islamabad—As many as 23 American universities from 16 states and the District of Columbia have received grants to work with counterpart Pakistani universities in fields ranging from business development to gender studies, the US State Department said in a statement, issued here from washington.
The US State Department gave an overview of economic cooperation between the United States and Pakistan in multiple areas which is benefiting both the countries. Various students and faculty members are already studying and engaged in research activities under this partnership.
Since 2005, grants co-financed by both countries under the US-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement have funded 96 research projects in a variety of scientific areas. According to the statement, currently, researchers from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and University of California are developing a low-cost, blood-based Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic test, more sensitive than the current World Health Organization-recommended sputum test.
This diagnostic test is undergoing trials in Chennai, India to prepare for approval and commercial launch of the test in India. This test could eventually enable patients testing positive for TB to undergo effective treatment sooner for a highly damaging disease affecting populations across multiple TB-endemic countries, according to the statement.
The University of California, Davis, a public research university, and Pakistan’s University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, last year launched a $17 million collaborate project, which will enable faculty members and graduate students from both countries to study and do research at each other’s campuses, according to a statement posted on UC, Davis website. The project is designed to update curriculum and technical resources at the Faisalabad university. According to the US State Department, researchers at the University of Michigan at Dearborn and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Lahore are collaborating to develop air quality monitoring that can be applied to mobile and wireless devices.—APP

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