PAF IAST boasts the latest teaching and practical laboratories equipped at par with partner universities. Effective plans are in hand to keep pace, through a process of monitoring by international accreditation bodies, with the highest standards of the curricula, teaching resources, and the learning outcomes adopted by the foreign partners. In the conclusion of the initial establishment phase, the quality and output will be gauged, and programs accredited, using internationally-recognized criteria.
PAF IAST has already obtained approval to create from Public Sector Development funds the Sino-Pak Center of Artificial Intelligence. The core objective of the center is to build national capacity for R&D in the emerging field of artificial intelligence and gain expertise in this area through MS/Ph.D. programs in collaboration with Chinese and Austrian universities. Besides providing high-value services to industrial partners, we seek to achieve the capability to solve local problems using AI and market those indigenous solutions through the technology park.
Pakistan has rich reservoirs of minerals resources, including clays (china clay and fire clay), copper, dolomite, gypsum, iron ore, limestone, marble (onyx), salt, sand and gravel, silica sand, as well as energy resources like coal, natural gas, oil; and precious and novel stones.
Considering the significance of mineral resources, PAF IAST has set up a Centre of excellence with the co-operation of Chinese universities.
The Nanotechnology Center for Socio-Economic Development (NCSED) is going to be geared to emerge as the leading hub of innovation, scientific research, and knowledge transfer to local researchers. The center will cater to training needs in the area of high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic techniques for an in-depth analysis, and understanding of new (Nano) materials.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a comprehensive, integrated infrastructure-based project, is a major component of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global initiative. The railway continues to one of the most important means of human and freight transportation. Construction work on $8 billion Pakistan Railways upgrades on Main Line, ML-1, and a project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is likely to start this year.
Agriculture has remained the lifeline of Pakistan’s economy since its birth. It significantly contributes to the national economy and poverty alleviation by providing food security to the masses, besides supplying cheap raw material to several value-added industries.
PAF IAST plans to establish a center of excellence in Agriculture Food Technology with the help of Chinese universities in critical areas such as Food Processing Technology, Packaging Technology and Seed Technology.