The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, and Shandong Academy of Sciences, China, start the Pak-China Robotics and Automation Research Laboratory at the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, UET Peshawar.
Vice chancellor UET Peshawar Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain and Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China Mr Zhang Heqing, unveiled the lab in the presence of Chinese diplomats and senior officials.
Mr Zhang Heqing speaking as chief guest said that agriculture was the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and the laboratory would efficiently use the highly skilled researchers and scientists of robotics and automation from Shandong Academy of Sciences and UET Peshawar to generate agricultural resources that would help in transforming Pakistan into one of the technologically advanced nations in agriculture.
He further said that 28,000 Pakistani students were studying in Chinese universities at present and over 8,000 scholarships had been awarded to the talented youth.
Director Institute of Automation, Shandong Academy of Sciences Prof Dr Zhang Dong said that besides automation in agriculture the experts of both institutions would also work in underwater robotics.
Professor of mechatronics engineering Dr Tahir Khan said that in future the scope of work would gradually expand to artificial intelligence, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.
Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain said that the UET Peshawar and Shandong Academy of Sciences had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 to encourage closer academic/research links in the areas of interest for both institutions.
Both the institutions agreed to exchange and educate academic personnel through sabbaticals and seminars to develop research programmes and projects through this MoU.
The Chinese diplomats visited the laboratory and inspected the state of the art equipment At the end.