Islamabad - Academicians and experts at an international conference held here at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) called for developing research-based indigenous mechanism to overcome energy and environment-related issues.

They also underlined the need for initiating dialogue process at relevant forums and strengthening international collaboration to address socio-economic issues. For sustainable development, environment-related issues much be kept in view, they added.

The conference was a follow-up of the 21st UN Climate Change Conference recently held in Paris that was attended by top world leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The three-day conference was being attended by around 300 academicians and experts from home and abroad.

Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui while inaugurating the conference said it was aimed at giving its research-based findings and recommendations to implement the Paris summit declaration. The conference, he said, will help bridge knowledge gap in the development process and properly addressing energy and environmental issues.

The university, he said, is actively engaged in construction of knowledge through research-based activities including publication of research journals and holding of research conferences. Eights research journals were issued and three international conferences were arranged during the last one year. A package of incentives was also given to motivate its faculty members and the students to do research work that indigenous in nature and linked with the socio-economic problems of the society.  Financial assistance was also being provided for undertaking mini projects, based on new discoveries.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui hoped that the participants during their working sessions will come up with innovative and creative ideas so as to provide solid support to the relevant departments and policymakers in addressing the problems relating to climate degradation and environmental hazards like water pollution.

In all eighty-eight publications and research-papers will be presented during conference for discussion, said Dr Zafar Ilyas, chairman of physics department that arranged the event in collaboration with some other national institutions including Higher Education Commission, Atomic Energy Commission of Pakistan and National Centre for Physics.

The keynote speakers included Dr T Nejat Veziroglu, President International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA, Dr Dee Chang F, a top official of China’s Institute of Micro-Engineering and Nanoelectronic, and a renowned expert Dr Buhauddin Yeop Majlisr from Malaysia.

Earlier, Dean Sciences Dr Naghmana Rashid in her welcome address spoke about the academic achievements of the university in the field of science and technology. She said they were successfully meeting the educational needs of their students through distance, blended and face-to-face learning system.

An exhibition of mini-projects developed by the university’s students was also arranged on the occasion.