Pakistan’s first Technology for Inclusion Summit held

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28th Jul, 2021. 12:27 pm

ISLAMABAD: The National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust), in collaboration with the Pak-Everbright Development Organisation (Pedo), held the first Technology for Inclusion Summit 2021, a statement said.

The prime objective of the summit was to bring together and connect users, manufacturers, researchers and other relevant stakeholders in the domain of assistive technologies, it added.

The event also extended an opportunity for Nust to closely engage with the industry and display its assistive technologies for potential deployment and commercialisation.

Chief guest Kanwal Shauzab, MNA and parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, commended the efforts of the university in bringing the industry and users together under the umbrella of the first Technology Inclusion Summit of Pakistan.

She said these extensive and informative sessions could help achieve the goal of sustainable and inclusive development of Pakistan, where we can empower and engage people without any discrimination.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Dr Rizwan Riaz, pro-rector research, innovation and commercialisation of Nust emphasised that the university takes its social responsibility very seriously and has aligned all its core functions – from governance and academics to research – to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Most significantly, he said, the university has been proactively engaged in developing innovative technologies and devices to address the challenges of differently-abled people, adding that Nust has successfully conducted several projects in the field of biomedical sciences, neurosciences and prosthetics, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

He also said all these solutions have been indigenously developed by Nust researchers, which are cost effective and; thus, bringing such assistive devices within the purchasing power of a common man.

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