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World Water Day marked at MUET.

HYDERABAD -- The U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studiesin Water (USPCAS-W), a water research center of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), celebrated World Water Day-2016 under the theme of Water and Jobs at MUET Jamshoro, Tuesday.

The Vice Chancellor, MUET, Prof Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili while speaking on the occasion said the world was facing various water challenges which could be resolved through research and study.

He said that water was precious commodity and it must had price tag so that the actual importance could be realized.

Dr Uqaili said efforts for saving water were being made nationally and internationally and MUET was trying its best to ensure safe drinking water on the campus and its vicinity from this year.

He announced the 100 percent access to safe drinking water would be ensured at the campus and later would be extended to Jamshoro city.

The MUET library and Vice Chancellor Secretariat is converted on solar energy and efforts are being made for alternate energy and water recycling to reduce the carbon footprint, he said and added that this water research centre has been established by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which will produce around 250 PhD and MS scholars in various water related fields including hydraulics, irrigation, drainage, water resources management, environment and sanitation.

The research professor at University of Utah Dr. Mohammad Aslam Chaudhry while briefing the historical perspective of World Water Day said that this day aims at to raise public awareness and mobilize actions at all levels.

He said different communities have different attitude to water and change in the attitude of all is the need of the hour otherwise we have to face serious water related challenges in next 15 years.

Pakistan did not achieve most of the tagets, Dr. Chaudhry replied in question regarding United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Water Expert Naseer Memon, delivering his presentations on Water Woes of the Planet said that total water on earth is 1.4 billion cubic Kms whereas 97.5 percent of this quantity is in oceans and only 2.5 percent is fresh water, whereas out of 3 percent fresh water there is 69 percent covers glaciers and snow, 30 percent is ground water, lakes and rivers have 0.3 percent and 0.9 percent in soil moisture etc.

Dr. Fateh Mari, Project Coordinator Water Sector Improvement Project of Sindh Government talking on the theme of the day water and jobs said that half of the world's workers, 1.5 billion people work in water-related sectors and nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water.

Dr. Bakhshal Khan Lashari, Director USPCAS-W in welcome address said that importance of water is everywhere and this day is celebrated globally to raise awareness for water in the society.

Mahmood Nawaz Shah Chairman Sindh Abadgar Board said that in Pakistan 80 districts are food insecure whereas 51 are food secure. He said that 95 percent water used for agriculture in the country whereas 44 percent urban and 90 percent rural population 44 percent urban and 90 percent rural population do not have access to safe drinking water.

Among others, Waseem Vohra, President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI), USPCAS-W Student Maheen Saeed and Syeda Fatima Zehra also spoke on the importance of water on this occasion.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 23, 2016
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