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NUST to launch University based think tank centre on April, 3

ISLAMABAD:The National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in collaboration with Pakistan’s Higher Education Institutions under NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS) will launch its major policy research and advocacy center on April 3 with an aim to contribute in national policy formulation.

Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will preside over the event as chief guest.

The event will be attended by statesmen, senior civil and military functionaries, diplomats, corporate leaders, noted intellectuals, academia, experts, scholars, and researchers, said a press release issued here on Monday.

The University is a key player in the process of nation-building through human resource development, advancement of science and technology, promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation and national policy formulation, to facilitate the creation of knowledge economy.

NUST plays an important role in the country’s positive image building and perception management through active interaction within and outside Pakistan.

The NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS) will help to utilize the high policy formulation and advisory potential of the university, in line with the best practices of the top university-affiliated think tanks in the world. The associational network of NIPS is broad-based, representing domestic and global multi-disciplinary academic and multi-sectoral professional expertise.

The think tank plans to provide original, scientific, well-articulated, and multidimensional policy research, analysis, and advocacy in key areas like Economy governance, socioeconomic development, IR-Geopolitics & security, CPEC – Belt & road initiative, Water-Energy and Policy formulation. NIPS are envisioned to capture the general direction of multi-tiered change in the overall evolution of state, market and society.

The NIPS Advisory Council consists of eminent multi-sectoral stakeholders to provide high-level advice and guidance to the functioning of NIPS. NIPS advisory council will include experts from different academic areas Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan (Director General NIPS – Dean & Principal NUST School of Social Sciences & Humanities & Member Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory council), Dr Sania Nishtar ( Chairperson BISP), Engineer Shams ul Mulk (Former Chairman WAPDA), Dr Atta ur Rehman (Former Chairman HEC), Dr Salman Shah (Former Finance Minister), Ambassador Riaz Khokar (Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan), Lieutenant General Masud Aslam (Retd) (Former Commander 11 Corps), Dr Mohammad Amjad Saqib (Founder & Chairman Akhuwat Foundation).