Pakistan is blessed with huge mineral resources including clays, copper, iron ore, chromite, lime stone, dolomite, granite, gypsum, salt, phosphate, marble, coal, precious and semi- precious stones etc. These minerals provide essential raw materials which underpin the energy, gems, manufacturing and construction industry. These mineral resources could play pivotal role in the economic uplift of the country if developed and mined through state of the art techniques. The Department of Mining Engineering, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST), Haripur-KPK is established with vision of providing state of the art education and research opportunities in this area. The Department of Mining Engineering, PAF-IAST is starting its academic journey by offering MS in Mining Engineering with the help and academic support of China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China followed by BS and PhD program in near future.
PAF-IAST is the only smart campus in Pakistan with blanket Wi-Fi coverage and smart classroom solutions for its classrooms and lecture theatres. These smart facilities offer the most advanced Interactive Digital Board, AI-enabled Speaker’s tracking camera, Lecture Recorder, along with other ancillary equipment.
Besides jogging tracks, two large grounds are reserved for cricket and football. Apart from the indoor game facilities at each Academic block, badminton, volleyball courts also have been made available.
Fully furnished shared accommodation is available for resident students. Boarding facilities are exclusively meant for students hailing from remote cities. Boarding facilities include comfortable rooms, fully functional dining halls, anteroom, Wi-Fi facility, indoor games, vending machines and laundry.
The campus has a high standard library, well provided with course textbooks along, reference books, and a good number of necessary research journals for each area of specialization. The library complex also comprises a few cubicles with smart boards installed for research group discussions and presentations.
PAF-IAST Campus offers ample ancillary services to ensure a conducive academic and working environment for all. These facilities include automated vending machines to readily provide students at fair price snacks, beverages, essential commodities 24/7, especially during short breaks without having them rush to the cafeteria now and then. Considering the needs of students, faculty, and staff, multiple vending machines are being installed at various places across the campus. Gradually, these machines will be made compatible for integration with Smart Campus One Card Solution which PAF-IAST plans to deploy in the days ahead to promote cashless campus culture.