PESHAWAR: The University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar and the Shandong Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China inaugurated the “Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Laboratory” here at the Department of Mechatronics Engineering on Tuesday.
The Vice Chancellor (VC) UET Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain and Mr. Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China unveiled the plaque in the presence of Chinese diplomats and senior officials.
Prof. Dr. MA Irfan, Dean faculty Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Khizar Azam Khan, Registrar UET, Prof. Dr. Riaz Akbar Shah, Chairman Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Dr. Shehzad Anwar and senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.
Mr. Zhang Heqing, in his address as Chief Guest, said agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy adding, the laboratory would efficiently use the highly skilled researchers and scientists of robotics and automation from Shandong Academy of Sciences and UET Peshawar to generate agriculture resources that would help in transforming Pakistan into one of the technologically advanced nations in agriculture.
He said at present, 28000 Pakistani students are studying in Chinese universities and more than 8000 scholarships have been awarded to the talented youth.
Prof. Dr. Zhang Dong, Director Institute of Automation, Shandong Academy of Sciences said, besides automation in Agriculture, the experts of both institutions will work in Under-water robotics as well.
Dr. Tahir Khan, Professor Mechatronics engineering also deliberated that in future the scope of work will gradually expand to artificial intelligence, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.
Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain said the UET Peshawar 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 institutions.
Through this MoU, both institutions agreed to exchange and educate academic personnel through sabbaticals, seminars to develop research programs and projects.
Serving as a general framework for cooperation, through this MoU, both institutions agreed to establish Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Lab at both institutions for academic exchange.
Later, the Chinese diplomats visited the laboratory and inspected the state-of-the-art equipment and teaching faculty and students.