Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development, currently on a visit to the United States, held meetings with top figures at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to discuss collaboration with MIT in science & technology field.
Iqbal also explored the opportunity of setting up state-of-the-art University in Pakistan. His also met with Karachi-born quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, Associate Department Head of Physics at MIT who recently made world headlines with her phenomenal findings that will open up new avenues of exploring cosmos.
Mavalvala is a member of the team of scientists that announced the scientific milestone of detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein.
The minister congratulated her on her success and discussed opportunities for collaboration with MIT in the field of Science & Technology of the country.
Ahsan Iqbal also met Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT in Boston. The center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking events, awards, hackathons, student trips and most recently accelerators.
He presented his book to the minister and discussed ideas to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistani universities so that the country’s youth become job creators instead of job seekers. Minister also met wiht Prof. Richard Lester, Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute to discuss MIT’s collaboration in setting up state of the art university in Pakistan.
In a meeting with Pakistani students at Kennedy School, Harvard University, the Minister apprised them about the improvement Pakistan has made in the past two years. “We need to have confidence in ourselves and keep a sustained effort,” he said.