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Pakistani Metrological Centre embraces GIS

Lahore, Pakistan: Regional Metrological Centre Lahore (Met office) and Government College University’s (GCU) Geography Department in Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). According to the MOU, the university will help strengthen the database of Met office by making effective use of remote sensing technology and GIS.
GCU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Ikramul Haq and Met Director Mahr Shaibzada Khan signed the agreement during a graceful ceremony held at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room. Pakistan Metrological Centre Director General Arif Mahmood, GCU Arts and Social Sciences Dean Professor Dr Khalid Pervaiz, Registrar Anjum Nisar, Geography Department Chairman Ali Iqtadar Mirza, GCU Academic Planning and External Links Director Fauzia Shaheen and a large number of other GCU faculty members and Met officials were also present on the occasion. The Lahore Met office in return pledged to provide research projects to the BSc (Hons) students studying geography in addition to creating internship and job opportunities for them on priority basis in the Lahore Met Office. Both the parties also agreed to hold joint seminars, training workshops, conferences and lectures for the professional development students and Met officials. The Met office has also agreed to share information and data with the GCU students for their research projects. Speaking on the occasion, GCU VC Professor Dr Ikramul Haq said, “The GCU Geography Department is very well aware of the environmental challenges being faced by the world and the faculty members have designed special courses to provide training to students regarding survey tools, GIS Remote Sensing technology and their applications of urban planning, disaster management, water resource management, and land use planning.” He also said that the department was working as a co-investigator with Penn State University, USA, in different foreign-funded projects. He said that the department is equipped with Total Station, GIS laboratories, GPS, Automatic Level, etc. Source: Daily Times