SWABI - A Memorandum of Understanding was inked by Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China, and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.

Prof Dr Muhammad Abid, coordinator of GIK Institute, and Director Huaxing Li at International Cooperation Office of NPU put their signature to the MoU, which came into force from the date of its conclusion till December 31, 2017.

Briefing media here on Friday Dr Abid said they would pursue a number of guidelines for academic exchange programme. The academic exchange programme will be administered through the international offices of the two universities. Each institute will have a coordinator for the academic exchange programme who will act as a liaison between their international offices,” he said.

Applications should be received by international offices of the two universities. “The academic exchange programme mainly focuses on students and faculties exchange, teaching, and collaborative research,” he said.

Dr Abid who is also Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering said that students exchange will be supported through China-Pakistan Exchange Scholarship and other relative programmes and the duration of studying at the host university will be for three to thirty-six months.

About the faculties exchange and collaborative research he said that it will be supported through China-Pakistan Exchange Funding and other relative programmes. The duration of teaching or research at the host university will be no more than twelve months, he said.

In the field of research he said the collaborative research would be supported through China-Pakistan research funding and other relative programmes and the research topics should meet the mutual interest and the development of advanced science and technology.

“The duration of the collaborative research will be for one to thirty-six months. Request for extension requires both host and home university’s approval,” he said.

Jehangir Bashar, Rector of GIK Institute lauded the agreement and said that interaction with the Chinese university would be very beneficial for both students and academia of the two institutions.

The NPU is one of the leading universities of China and GIK Institute looks forward for further strengthening its links and interaction with more such universities of our evergreen friend, Chine. He said that educational partnership always gives further boost to modern education and exchange of knowledge proves extremely helpful and productive.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Lakki senior vice president Akhtar Munir Khan Marwat has called upon the teachers to play their role in elimination of vices from the society and prepare students on such a mode that they could compete future challenges.

Speaking at the oath taking ceremony of Muslim Teachers Association at district council hall Tajazai, the PML leader said that teachers were the builders of nation so they should spare themselves to impart future assets of nation with quality education.

He told that teachers could place themselves on high esteem in society by becoming role models for others especially for their students.  “Dedication to noble profession will earn you respect and regard in the hearts of people”, he told the teachers.

He said that teachers’ bodies should help the government to promote education and resolve problems of teachers amicably. He maintained that the society could be reformed and cleansed from all sorts of evils if teachers started performing their professional obligations with honesty and true spirit.

Head of Marwat Qaumi Jirga Haji Muhammad Aslam Khan, former Lakki tehsil nazim Fareedullah Khan, MTA president Naimatullah Khan and general secretary Ajab Khan also spoke on the occasion.