PESHAWAR -  Third International Conference on Sustainability in Process Industry (SPI) 2016 started on Wednesday at University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar.

UET Taxila Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed was the chief guest on the occasion, while UET Peshawar Faculty of Engineering Dean Prof Dr Noor Muhammad, UET Peshawar Registrar Dr Khizar Azam, faculty members, students and guests from industry were also present on the occasion. Pakistan Science & Technological Information Center (PASTIC) Director General Dr Akram Shaikh and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Vice Chairman Engineer Zahid Arif were also among key note speakers. Prof Dr Niaz said the universities are focused on conventional education but it is time to diversify non-conventional engineering programmes to add value and innovation in the field. He termed the universities as knowledge creating industry where researchers carryout the research.

Dr Akram said Pakistan has plenty of resources which need to be utilized effectively. He said, “In Thar we have huge reserves of coal however, we have not yet taken full benefit from it.” He supported the idea of reverse engineering and innovation. Engineer Zahid stressed the need for taking projects that are practical. He urged the government to utilise maximum funds collected from the industry under R&D. He assured UET Peshawar a complete support on behalf of PEC wherever required.

While addressing the participants, Dr Noor said that hosting such an event is appreciable to gather best minds under one roof that will help share knowledge and experience.


He hailed the efforts of the Chemical Engineering Department for organising this conference.

Later poster sessions by students and detailed lectures were held on SPI by foreign experts. Department of Chemical Engineering Chairman Dr Muhammad Younas informed the participants about the aims and objectives of the event. He also said that around 20 experts from foreign and national universities will deliver lectures over the two-day event. The conference has been organised in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and PASTIC, he added.