UET, GIZ hold consultative session on managing SDGs

Campus Reporter

PESHAWAR: The Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar arranged a one-day consultative session on ‘Managing SDGs on Public Private Partnership (PPP)’ in collaboration with GIZ to engage the academia with government for managing and implementing the successful PPP projects.  

The Vice Chancellor, UET, Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain said that the UET attached much importance to public private partnerships as the teaching faculty was engaged with the public and private sector through funded research projects. He however, said that often the social perspective of sustainability got neglected in engineering projects due to their technical nature and lack of interaction with civil society. He urged the participants to draw out recommendations where government and academia could come together and work jointly for joint PPP projects.  

Dr Abdul Shakoor, Director, ORIC shared that the UET had so far received faculty research projects from different funding agencies and had signed MoUs through the ORIC. He said that awareness programs on PPPs' were important for faculty and young students so that the universities would be able to sustain without government’s support. Sadiq Hussain, Technical Advisor, GIZ also highlighted the role of GIZ in consistently creating awareness on SDGs in public sector institutions. Zia Khattak, Deputy Director, P&D Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa shared the perspective of the PPP Act and related developmental activities of the PPP Unit of P&D Department.  

Later, the panelists comprised of the government officials, experts and senior faculty members made recommendations for including the SDGs under PPP's projects though capacity building of the government and academia, encouraging faculty and young researchers to get research projects that ensured sustainability through PPP's. They further stressed for developing curriculum in universities and creating awareness on SDGs for different environments, critical for getting the desired results on the UN Agenda for sustainable development.

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