Further, Dr Mahar said, The participation of Prof. Dr Sajjad Ahmed of the University of Nevada, Los Vegas, as an expert and his presence with us today is an example of our collaborative undertakings. The training and capacity building of water-related stakeholders is a significant activity of the Centre. The Centre continually offers short and long term courses in water-related disciplines falling under the domain of SDG-6. The Diploma in Sediment Transport is one of such activities and an example of collaborative linkages with the irrigation department. We also provide training to the irrigation department officials from Balochistan and stakeholders from different public and private organizations. ‘The Centre is now recognized as a National Water Center,’ said Dr Mahar.
In addition to speakers, Mr Zarif Khero, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Department, elaborated on the background of the Diploma course. He said engineering is an ever-changing field, and new technologies populate the industry every day. It is essential to adopt new technologies, development, skills and regulations within one’s field. Further, he added that significant advancements had been made in the technology of irrigation, hydrology and hydraulics, enabling more excellent crop production with better efficiency of water use. The irrigation department GoS took the initiative to build its staff capacity through short and long-term training and degree programs. After signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the diploma course is a collaborative effort of USPCAS-W MUET and Sindh Irrigation Department, Government of Sindh between the two entities, said Zarif Khero.