KHAIRPUR, (June 17, 2021): Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work together engaging academia in policy sphere on socio-economic development issues.
The MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, in the presence of Engr. Ahad Nazir, Head of SDPI’s Centre for Private Sector Engagement and Mr. Shahid Minhas, Head of Trainings at SDPI’s Centre for Learning and Development, Dr. Naveed Shaikh, Director QEC and Dr Samina Rajper ORIC Director, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur. Dr Naveed Shaikh also signed the MoU as witness of the event.
The MoU is aimed at to forging academic linkages, interdisciplinary research, publications and capacity building collaborations with the wider aim to bring experts of SALU, Khairpur, to the research and policy level so that recommendations could be proposed to the relevant policy makers and stakeholders.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto appreciated the work that SDPI has been doing in the field of research and capacity building. He reiterated the importance of linkages between academia and independent think tanks for evidence-based policy recommendations. Dr. Ibupoto showed keen interest in closely working with SDPI in the field of research and capacity development. He further reiterated that our University is at the juncture of progress, growth and innovation for its societal impact and relevance.
Dr Abid Suleri said being a leading academic institution of interior Sindh, the Shah Abdul Latif University would act as a regional hub for presenting research-based solutions in collaboration with SDPI in the relevant sectors. He said universities play the best Think Tanks’ role, provided they are fully linked up to the policy makers.