The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) recommended the establishment of the China-Pakistan joint research center on “Earth Sciences” at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, with a total cost of Rs. 7.384 billion.
The center will focus on studying and evaluating the impact of geo-hazards and climate change on the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connectivity and sustainable development of the region.
The CDWP has recommended the project to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval. “The project aims to secure foreign funding for implementation,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Planning and Development.
It is apt to note that an inauguration ceremony took place on Friday for three research centers funded by China and Pakistan at Quaid I Azam University in Islamabad. They include the China-Pakistan Joint Research Centre on Earth Sciences, A Q Khan Institute of Materials and Emerging Sciences, and the CPEC Centre of Excellence.
Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, was the chief guest during this event. “These three centers are set to foster innovation and cultivate world-class researchers and herald a new era in academic excellence,” said Mr. Iqbal.