Sindh Secretary of Irrigation Jamal Mustafa Syed said that being located at the lower Indus basin, the people of Sindh especially the people related to water sector must have to learn water laws and contribute in formulating provincial water policy. This he said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of six month diploma course in flood forecasting and hazard management in the conference hall of US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro on Thursday.
He informed that irrigation department is looking forward to the USPCAS-W for filling the technical capacity gaps by imparting sophisticated training to the nominated officers of the department through the diploma course. The diploma course is a part of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Rs. 41 million rupees under cooperative agreement signed between MUET and Sindh Government on Capacity Building of Officers/ Officials of Sindh Irrigation Department in September 2016, the university spokesman informed.
The six-module diploma course was specially designed for the capacity building of the concerned officials in consultation with professors from American Universities which includes the University of Utah and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas also the resource persons from the mentioned universities will conduct the training sessions in the diploma course which will end in May 2018.
The secretary Irrigation who himself was the graduate of Mehran University said that this inaugural ceremony provided him an opportunity to visit the Alma mater and wished he could be among the participants in the diploma course. He emphasized the nominated officials to get the maximum benefit from the diploma course and then work efficiently in the field.
The Vice Chancellor Mehran University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili while speaking on the occasion said that in today’s technological era, the academia has to play a major role to promote Technology Venture Commercialization (TVC) by undertaking applied research in different sectors. ‘Universities are now not limited only to produce the graduates but to play an important role in creation, application.—APP