Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal, is currently visiting the US, where he met with leading figures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The possibility of increasing collaboration and setting up a state-of-the-art university in Pakistan were discussed during the meetings, stated an official public statement from the ministry.
Ahsan Iqbal met with MIT Associate Department Head of Physics, Nergis Mavalvala, the Karachi-born quantum astrophysicist member of the team of researchers who discovered gravitational ripples in space and time hypothesized by the great Albert Einstein. The minister congratulated her team’s success and discussed opportunities for collaboration between Pakistan and the MIT in the fields of science and technology.
The Pakistani minister also met with Manager Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship at the university in Boston, Bill Aulet. The centre organises and manages all entrepreneurship services across the five schools of the university, including education and other extensive activities like student clubs, competitions, conferences, hackathons, networking events, trips and accelerator programmes.
Mr. Aulet presented his book to the Pakistani Minister and they discussed ideas on promoting entrepreneurship in Pakistani universities, so that upcoming professionals can create jobs for others.
The Minister for Planning also met with MIT Boston’s Associate Provost, Professor Richard Lester and told him, “We are launching a campaign on Productivity, Quality and Innovation for making Pakistan a competitive economy.”
In a meeting hosted by Professor of Public Policy at Kennedy School Dr Asim Khawaja, who is one of the prominent Pakistani-American academics in top US universities, Ahsan Iqbal informed the Pakistani students at the Kennedy School, Harvard University about the positive changes happening in their country thanks to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said that, “We need to have confidence in ourselves and keep a sustained effort,” adding that anyone working on Pakistan related projects will be offered complete assistance.