University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish linkage through National Institute of Urban Infrastructure Planning (NIUIP).
Under the MoU, UET Peshawar will act as a stakeholder for third party validation of quality assurance tests conducted in PHED Laboratories and certify equipment of PHED as per international standard testing procedures.
It will also advise PHED on adoption of innovative technologies pertaining to quality assurance and testing. The MoU was signed by Dr Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor UET and Secretary PHED, Nizam-ud-Din in presence of senior officials of the University and PHED.
As per agreement, researchers and PHED staff will also jointly work for capacity building of professionals and provide expertise to the PHED in research related areas and gathering statistics for applied research. Nizam said, PHED is concerned over the fact that management staff at PHED lack trainings in engineering services.
It was therefore, critical to increase the know-how of staff so that the gap between the engineering and non-engineering cadre could be reduced in order to optimize performance and ensuring best practices.
He further said, the PHED will seek the support of qualified staff of UET Peshawar in wide range of research areas besides NIUIP. Dr Rashid Rehan, Director NIUIP gave the details of MoU and appreciated the efforts of Director ORIC Dr Abdul Shakoor for expediting the process of signing this MoU.