wah cantt - A sum of Rs 110 million has been spent to upgrade the laboratories in University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila and equip them with the latest, state of art testing equipment in an effort to turn it into a center of excellence in research.

Briefing the newsmen about the initiatives taken to that end, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhter   said that the introduction of research culture in the university has led to more than 530 research papers being published in the university during the current year. This figure is 400 times higher than those of previous years.

Dr Akhter further said that laboratories are now equipped with cutting-edge equipment such as Super Sonic Wind Tunnel, Induction-type supersonic wind tunnel to provide congenital atmosphere for promoting advance research to the students.

The University has acquired the latest Scanning Electron Microscope (TESCAN VEGA 3) which provides high resolution nano- scale images for fractographic characterization of advanced materials. It also has the feature of EDS analyzer for detection of material composition.

Embedded Systems Research and Development Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to modern research, design, development, prototyping and testing focused on ASIC (Application specific integrated circuit), VLSI (Very large scale integration), Electro-Magnetic co-simulation, and related disciplines which have been added in the university. Telecommunication Innovation Center is also the outcome of collaboration between PTCL and UET, Taxila. The facility hosts business-ready training systems as well as real-world operational equipment for capacity development in cutting edge-research. He added that such kind of innovative approaches have been introduced in other departments of the University as well.

To encourage students towards research oriented studies, he announced that UET has increased the enrolment of post-graduate students, and raised the scholarships amount to Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 60,000 for full time MS and PhD students, respectively.