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Punjab governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Monday said energy efficiency and conservation was the key to addressing energy crisis in the country.

Addressing the inaugural session of 34th Convention of the Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP), here, the Punjab governor said significant reduction could be made in the demand of both electricity and natural gas if we adopted energy efficiency and conservation techniques. He admitted that ongoing energy crisis affected all consumer categories, including industry and commercial businesses. However, he blamed neglect of past government for this mess, saying the incumbent government had made steps to tackle this problem.

The governor also highlighted adverse affects of water contamination and its shortage, saying concerted efforts were need to address both issues. He expressed regret over killings in Rawalpindi, stressing the need to maintain harmony among various strata of society.

About GPS plus status for Pakistani export to European Union, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar expressed the hope that opening for Pakistani textile products would be made by start of the next year.

Federal Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal expressed sorrow and grief of loss of lives in Rawalpindi incidents, saying such untoward situation should have been avoided. He added that no one would be allowed to spread acrimony among masses on any pretext. He vowed that the government would take stern action against those involved in this the incident. Talking about medium of teaching in primary education, he said English subject should only be allowed from class five onwards. Among others, the IEEEP office bearers, fellows & members attended the convention. Eminent engineers and delegates from all-over Pakistan, representing major organizations like WAPDA, KEPCO, HUBCO, SIEMENS, PEL, KESC, PAEC, OGDC, PTCL etc, would also be participate in the event.

After the inaugural session, the seminar explaining the Service Rules for Engineers in Pakistan by Engr. Amir Zamir Khan and recommendations on the Power Policy 2013 by Engr Tahir Basharat Cheema was also held.

research: Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has emphasizing the need for creating an environment of research in educational institutions in line with local conditions of the society, terming the same a way forward to resolving socio-economic conditions of the country.

He was speaking at the first day of a two-day Multidisciplinary Research Conference started at Kinnaird College Lahore in connection with the college’s centenary celebrations.

Rana Mashhood said that the Punjab government was in the process of consultation with all the stakeholders to reach a consensus on uniformity of syllabus and a code of conduct had been in the pipeline which would help regulate the private sector educational institutions.

As soon as this kind of consultation was completed, the new education policy of the province would be announced which might take another three months. He expressed the resolve to transform Punjab into a role model of educational excellence. The minister referred to a recent research study according to which the horrible drop-out rate of female students was due to lack of appropriate transport arrangement for them to reach their alma mater. He announced that the Punjab government had planned a pilot project of free distribution of battery operated socooties to the girl students who would succeed in getting consent of their parents in this regard. This step aimed at minimizing suffocation in the society and providing an enabling atmosphere to the women workforce, he added. These scooties would be provided to the students of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi in February next year in the first phase as the parents of this women university had responded well through Facebook and other social media, he said.

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