The first cohort of second batch consisting of fifteen (15) MS Scholars of U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro, departs to the University of Utah, USA, on Friday. Before their departure, a consultative meeting was organized for their campus. Dr Bakhshal Khan Lashari, Project Director USPCAS-W, said that the exchange visits would be very much beneficial for the students and help enhance their research skills. He said that USPCAS-W was established by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and this exchange visit was fully funded by USAID.
He advised the scholars to involve themselves in academic, research and co-curricular activities at the University of Utah (UoU). Dr Rasool Bux Mahar, Deputy Director USPCAS-W and Muhammad Ali Nizamani, Academic Coordinator also had a brief meeting with the exchange students. Prior to leaving Pakistan, they also presented their first seminar regarding their research studies.
Exchange scholar Ahmad Abdur Rehman gave presentation on his research topic "Assessing the effectiveness of linear anionic polyacrylamide as seepage reluctant in earthen irrigation canals." He said that the outcome of his research to introduce the cheap material for the lining of the canals to increase the water efficiency and to overcome the water scarcity cause from the seepage.
Zulfiqar Ali said that he would suggest some unique strategies through is research study for ground water management and the judicious use of water as a precious commodity. Faris Ahmed Bhatti shared his research topic on agricultural best management practices and optimization of water usage, through policy reforms in one of the provinces of Pakistan. He said that it included various integrated approaches which would contribute to the climate change, water policy, water optimization and cropping patterns.
Pashmina Iftikhar shared that she was working on the accessibility and quality of wash facilities for girls in schools in urban areas of Hyderabad. "I am interested in research on the Assessment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Public Primary Health Care Centres of Hyderabad," said Ms Sumra.
Tahir Ali Shaikh said he would work on Assessing Hydrologic, Environmental, and Socio-economic impacts of Thar Coalfield: A Case Study of Gorano Dam. Exchange students and scholars including Mehran Sattar Soomro, Uzma Jabeen and Umama Soomro shared their expectations from the exchange visit and thanked USAID for establishing water research centre and provided this exchange opportunity for them.
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