Pakistan can overcome energy crisis through Thar coal deposits: Mubarakmand

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Islamabad  The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) organised a three-day symposium on ‘Innovations and Advances in Mineral Resource Exploration, Identification, Extraction, Processing and Sustainable Mining’ here on Monday.


Dr. Samar Mubarakmand, a renowned scientist, was the chief guest on the occasion.Speaking in the opening session, the keynote speaker, Dr. Samar Mubarakmand, highlighted the significance of the Thar coal deposits, Rekodiq and Saindak copper and gold deposits. He was of the view that the energy crisis prevalent in Pakistan could easily be overpowered through sensibly exploiting these reservoirs which may not only make Pakistan self-sufficient in their coal, copper and gold requirements rather it may soon evolve into an exporter of coal, copper and gold.


He said that Pakistan had a rich soil which may take Pakistan to heights of economic prosperity provided it has the sincere policy makers. He also apprised the audience about the performance of the scientists involved in laboriously working over the Thar Coal Project. Dr Samar Mubarakmand also presented a comparative analysis of the generation capacity of Pakistan and India.


Professor Frederick Cawood, head of the School of Mining Engineering University of Witwatersrand, South Africa presented the symposium address in which he briefly highlighted the mineral development in Pakistan. Speaking at a lighter note he correlated the cricketing and mining terms and presented an apt correlation between cricket, a very popular game amongst both the nations, and mining process which really fascinated everyone present in the symposium.


Professor Asghar Qadir, focal person from NUST briefed on the collaboration between University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and NUST while Engineer Sarfaraz Ali from NUST presented the symposium briefing highlighting its aims and objectives.


Speaking at the occasion, NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar, in his opening remarks, spoke on the steady growth of the higher education and likewise NUST. He said that Higher Education Commission had emerged to be a powerful institution within the last decade. Similarly National University of Sciences and Technology had also emerged to be a leading comprehensive university though it exclusively focused on sciences and technology in its earlier phases. He further said that mining had been a neglected area in Pakistan. Appreciating the efforts of all those who organized the symposium on mining, he said that it would definitely play a pivotal role in promoting mining as a discipline amongst students.


Engineer Muhammad Asghar extended his gratitude to all the academicians from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa for making the symposium a great success. He also thanked Dr Samar Mubarakmand for his esteemed presence and for his fruitful initiatives on the Thar coal project.

Courtesy:  The News

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