PR No.213 Islamabad

State Minister Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman met with Chairman WAPDA Lieutenant General Muzamil Hussain for the establishment of WAPDA University at Minister’s Office today.

It was proposed in the meeting from Chairman WAPDA to establish a power and energy related WAPDA University in Islamabad. Chairman WAPDA said that there is a dire need of well qualified and well trained Human Resource for WAPDA, and unfortunately market has been unable to produce such qualified people for this important institute specifically. Therefore it is the high time for us to establish an institute which would be focused only on power, energy and energy related issues, said the chairman. He said that CEO IESCO Dr. Jabbar has drafted a comprehensive concept paper on it which is ready to be discussed.

Minister of State appreciated the proposal and said that the government would fully support any such initiative which would be beneficial for the future of Pakistan. He also mentioned that we should consider the German Model (ABB, Germany) in this regard. Chairman HEC gave his suggestions as well and said that we should link WAPDA to Engineering Universities of Pakistan, so that demand driven synergy could be created among them, which is very important.

Detailed proposal would be discussed between team of WAPDA and HEC in coming week, in order to finalize it as soon as possible.

Meeting was attended by Additional Secretary Dr. Allah Baksh Malik, Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar, CEO IESCO Engr Dr. Rana Jabbar Khan, and other officials of the ministry.