Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister of Interior and Planning, Development and Reform inaugurated National Center for Robotics and Automation (NCRA) last Wednesday at NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
National Center for Robotics and Automation (NCRA) Pakistan
This Robotics Centre is built on consortium model comprising 11 labs across Pakistan in 12 other Pakistani universities that are also part of this initiative. Two labs will be established in NUST while remaining will set up in other universities that have been selected through rigorous selection by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Universities included in the list are UET Lahore, UET Peshawar, UET Taxila, UCP Lahore, ITU Lahore, Air University Islamabad, LUMS, FAST-NUCES Islamabad, NED Karachi, MUET Mirpur, BUITEMS Quetta and MUST University.
Dr. Athar Osama, member of Planning Commission shared that with the establishment of four national centers of excellence, 200 Ph.D. scientists and 45 laboratories from country’s other technology universities were brought together to solve critical problems of four emerging areas. He added that these national centers will work through shared resources and expertise towards developing projects that will have a high national impact.
Federal Minister expressed his immense pride in inaugurating last of four centers of excellence which government planned to establish this year. Ahsan Iqbal also stated, “this would lead Pakistan toward knowledge economy in the future“
Previously, he has inaugurated Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence at NUST, Cyber Security Centre at Air University, Cloud Computing and Big Data Centre at LUMS.
Following centers of excellence are aimed to boost and accelerate technological advancement in the country. It will provide an opportunity to students interested in Robotics and Automation to use tools and techniques to invent and excel. Not just that, these labs will help Pakistan meet industry needs and produce more jobs in the technology sector.