Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Laboratory inaugurated
PESHAWAR: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and the Shandong Academy of Sciences, China inaugurated the “Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Laboratory” at the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, UET on Tuesday.
The Vice Chancellor, UET, Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain and Mr Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor the embassy of China in Pakistan unveiled the plaque in the presence of Chinese diplomats and senior officials.
Mr Zhang Heqing in his address as chief guest said that agriculture was the backbone of Pakistan's economy, adding that the Laboratory will efficiently use the highly skilled researchers and scientists of robotics and automation from Shandong Academy of Sciences and the UET Peshawar to generate agriculture resources that would help in transforming Pakistan into one of the technologically advanced countries of the world in the field of agriculture. He said that currently 28000 Pakistani students were studying in Chinese universities and more than 8000 scholarships had been awarded to the talented youth of Pakistan.
Prof Dr Zhang Dong, Director, Institute of Automation, Shandong Academy of Sciences said that besides automation in agriculture, the experts of both the institutions would work in under-water robotics as well. Dr Tahir Khan, Professor of Mechatronics Engineering at the UET also deliberated that in future the scope of work would gradually expand to artificial intelligence, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.
The VC, UET, Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain said that the UET and Shandong Academy of Sciences, China had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2017 to encourage closer academic/research links in the areas of interest for both the institutions, adding that through the MoU, both the institutions agreed to exchange and educate academic personnel through sabbaticals and seminars to develop research programs and projects. He stated that serving as a general framework for cooperation, through the MoU, both the institutions agreed to establish Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Lab at the UET for academic exchange between both the institutes.
Later, the Chinese diplomats visited the Laboratory and inspected the state-of-the-art equipments and met the teaching faculty and students. Prof Dr M.A Irfan, Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UET, Dr Khizar Azam Khan, Registrar, Prof Dr Riaz Akbar Shah, Chairman, Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Dr Shehzad Anwar and senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.