Seven state-of-the-art laboratories for research in coal technology, energy and environment engineering were inaugurated on Wednesday by Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani at Punjab University (PU) Centre for Coal Technology.
The laboratories have been built at a cost of PKR 182 million and are equipped with the latest research gadgets worth PKR 140 million.
Gillani also announced an honorarium for the faculty of the Centre for Coal Technology. He said that such facilities would also be provided in other universities of the province.
The Director of the Center for Coal Technology Professor Dr Shahid Munir claimed that the Centre for Coal Technology was the first institution in the country that was offering MSc and MS in Coal Technology, and MSc in Energy and Environment Engineering.
He said that the equipment in the laboratories matched the standards of equipment found in high-tech laboratories in Europe. He also said that it was a big challenge to produce environment-friendly energy, adding that power generated from coal would meet the future energy needs of the country.
Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Chairman Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Akram said that we must focus on generating power from Thar coal and shale gas.