Chairman PEC visits UIT, holds interactive discussion with students

Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) visited the Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), Pakistan’s premium technology institution, where he shed light on PEC’s efforts, and overall progress and scope of engineering education in the country while holding an interactive discussion session with students. The PEC delegation also comprisedEngr. Farhan Khan – Member Governing Body, PEC, Engr. Najamuddin Shiekh – Member Governing Body, PEC, Engr. Adil Askari – Member Chairman Task Force, PEC, Engr. Idrees Khan – Member Governing Body, PEC, and other prominent academics and administrators.

Mr. Qureshi highlighted some recent milestones achieved by PEC. He pointed to Pakistan’s attainment of full signatory status of the Washington Accord, a highly rigorous global standard on engineering education and accreditation system which grants substantial equivalence of degrees to facilitate global mobility and international recognition to equate the same at par with top leading signatory countries of the world.

The PEC Chairman also discussed Prime Minister’s recent and historic approval of 20,000 paid internship for engineers as part of the ‘PM Youth Training Internship 2018 Scheme.’ In lieu of trainings for engineers, the previous support of PKR 12,000 has now been raised to PKR 15,000, with an additional PKR 5,000 in advanced phases.

“We at PEC have actively and dedicatedly worked to get the Pakistani engineering education an international recognition,” said Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council. “After the acceptance of Washington Accord, Pakistani engineers will be recognized worldwide and will not have to appear in any additional test to prove their engineering qualifications. The PM’s Youth Training Internship Scheme 2018 is also set to stabilize and prosper engineering education in Pakistan,” he added.

Also talking on the occasion, said Dr. Zahir A. Syed, Director, UIT, said: “It’s an honor and privilege for us to host Chairman PEC and other distinguished guests at UIT. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Jawed Salim Qureshi and the entire PEC team for the historic signing of Washington Accord and other great achievements and contributions to the Pakistani engineering community. This has placed enormous responsibilities on all our shoulders to implement OBE in letter and spirit as we aim for a well-rounded development for our students.”

While talking to the UIT students, Mr. Qureshi also stressed the increasing need for engineering students to learn foreign languages such as Chinese to play an active part in CPEC-related development activity. Students were also advised to become proficient in English language to take better advantage of international employment opportunities. He further said UIT is a hub of engineers and scientist and playing a vital role in improving the economy of Pakistan by producing highly skilled technologists. 

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