DHUCP Delegation calls upon the Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology of Pakistan
On February 26, 2019: The DHUCP delegation; Prof. Shi Zhumei, Mr. Liu Bo together with President ECOSF Prof. Soomro met called upon Ms. Yasmeen Masood, the Secretary to Govt. of Pakistan for Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). Prof. Shi shared with Secretary the idea behind DHUCP to develop human resource capacity in digital technologies to achieve sustainable development under China’s One Belt and One Road cooperation program, including Pakistan. Ms. Masood had numerous questions on how the universities selection would take place and whether there would be any evaluation and monitoring etc. Prof. Shi and Prof. Soomro explained that this was the first visit to meet universities’ leadership and high government officials and that modalities and action plans would be shared with partners institutions and authorities. The Secretary Ms. Masood then showed her satisfaction, appreciated this idea and assured the delegation that MoST would be happy to patronize DHUCP Program, however, she advised to work closely with HEC by keeping MoST in picture.
On February 28, 2019: A meeting between DHUCP delegation and Partner Universities (i.e., Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Science (BUITEMS), Quetta) was scheduled at Karachi, however, due to flight disruptions, the team could not travel to Karachi; thus telephonic discussions were held with representatives of partner universities and consensus developed as under:
- All partner universities endorsed the DHUCP and are happy to join the project
- Partner Universities will share their needs and propose some action points for consideration of DHUCP leadership
- All partner institutions will be communicated by keeping the HEC of Pakistan in the loop
- DHUCP will share the expectations from partner universities in terms of commitment on part of member universities as the universities should have the idea approved from their forums like Syndicates etc.