‘10 nuclear plants planned to deal with energy crisis’

KARACHI: In order to cope with growing electricity crisis, ten nuclear power plants would be set up in the country by the year 2030, said Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Dr Ansar Parvez on Tuesday.Addressing at the 11th annual convocation-2011 of Karachi Institute of Power Engineering (KINPOE), he said the PAEC is striving to enhance its role in generation of electricity.Dr Parvez said that the country has a strategic capability, which is strong enough to deter and frustrate the evil designs of anyone.He said that more than 10 nuclear power plants would be established in the country for generating around 1000 MW power including one for which ground-breaking would be done in not-too-distant future in the very neighbourhood of KINPOE.He said that this is going to be a long battle but we will win this because all it requires is the will, determination, and commitment.Dr Ansar Parvez said that PAEC has also been contributing to the socioeconomic sector and it has 14 medical centers, which have been set up in various cities throughout the country, and four more are under construction. He added our agricultural center and biotechnology institutes are also making a contribution to the agriculture sector of Pakistan.

He said all graduates of KIPE should show commitment in their work and know that there is no substitute to hard work. He said the PAEC would provide many opportunities to KIPE’s graduates. He also congratulated all the graduate students and hoped that they would be played their due role for country’s development in future.Dr Mohammad Aslam, Rector of Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) said that the PIEAS has a very good reputation for conducting quality degree programmes at postgraduate level. He said that the PIEAS has been very successful and around 10 scholars are completing their PhD every year and every PhD graduate, on the average, is making 5 to 6 publications in ISI-indexed journals.He said that the students are motivated to work with dedication for development of their country. He said that PIEAS and KINPOE would share their best practices in order to improve the students’ learning experience, enhance the quality of their research and scholarship, serve the community to the best of their ability, adding PIEAS and KINPOE would commit themselves to excellence in science and engineering education and provision of education and training, which fulfill the needs of PAEC and other strategic organisations.On this occasion, Director KINPOE, Najmus Saqib said that the KINPOE has now been affiliated with the PIEAS, which is a leading institute of higher learning. He said that in this convocation, degrees to 36 graduates of the 15th and 13 graduates of the 16th batch have been awarded. He said these graduates are now working in different establishments of PAEC and also in PNRA – Dailytimes