International congress calls for establishment of a centralized digital earth resource centre in KP

Peshawar: Speakers at an International congress Monday called for the establishment of a centralized digital earth resource centre in the province so that to identify the sustainable utilization of natural resources of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and FATA.

They said the numbers of geologists in the Pakistan have reached to three thousand five hundred but their potential has not been totally transformed into resource exploration by the policy makers.

The scientists were of the opinion that natural resources are contributing 2.5% to the GDP of the country, but the actual potential of untapped resources is much higher than its present share in the economy of Pakistan.

The Congress was organized by National Centre of Excellence in Geology University of Peshawar in collaboration with Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Pakistan Petroleum Limited, USA Fulbright Scholarship Scheme at the local hotel.

In the congress 16 oral and 23 poster presentations was presented by eminent National Scientists from University of Engineering and Technology, University of Peshawar, KP Agricultural University, University of Kabul, Allama Iqbal University, Pakistan Forest Institute, Pakistan Gem and Jewellery Company and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. 150 participants all over the country attended the congress.

Provincial Minister for Higher Education Qazi Muhammad Asad was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar was the guest of honour.

Besides Minister of Environment Wajid Ali Khan, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Haji Hidayatullah, VC AUP Prof. Dr. Khan Bahadar Marwat and Vice Chairman Pakistan Academy of Sciences Prof. Dr. Qasim Jan were also present on the occasion.

In his opening remarks, Prof Dr M Asif Khan Director NCEG briefed the chief guest about the progress of the Centre and its contribution towards sustainable development of natural resources. He said his centre has produced 30 Ph. Ds and 80 M. Phil up till now.

He added National centre of Excellence in Geology and National Centre of Physical Chemistry have been ranked as the best two centres among all the twenty two centres’ of the country, which speaks high of the research work being carried out here.

Wajid Ali Khan, Minister of Environment insisted the participants of the congress to contribute at their best in developing mineral, hydrocarbon, water, forest and agriculture potential of the region so that the population can find an alternative sustainable source of livelihood.

Vice Chancellor in his speech emphasized the need for value addition of natural resources through modern extraction techniques. He added even if the fresh water resource of KP is utilized to optimum level, we could take care of the power shortage within the country.

He appreciated the identification of twenty-six hydel sources by the provincial government for exploration of water potential of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

Qazi Muhammad Asad Khan, Minister of Higher Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Congratulated the staff of National Centre of Excellence in Geology and additionally organizing a 4Day workshop on “Geosciences Information System for Natural Hazard Management”, especially designed for 15 scientists from Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic institute.

Peshawar has historical links with Kabul and collaboration between Kabul and Peshawar universities is most natural. Kabul University has been an eminent seat of learning just like the University of Peshawar, he said.

However, after decades of conflicts, Kabul University is now in the process of rebuilding, and its glad that Centre of Excellence and University of Peshawar have taken the responsibility to contribute towards rebuilding of the Kabul University back to its renowned past.

therefore, warmly welcome delegates from Kabul and request the organizers to make their stay most rewarding and comfortable, the Minister added.