On 3rd– 4th November 2021, the Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology organized the 4th Pak-Turk international conference on Emerging Technologies in the field of Sciences and Engineering. The conference consisted of Turkish and Pakistani speakers from around the globe. Various experts and scholars who work in diverse fields participated in the conference, expressed their views and spoke on different topics related to engineering education and scientific developments. Speakers in the two-day International Conference encouraged young scientists to catch up the new emerging trends in the field of science and technology, as this is vital for the progress and economic prosperity of Pakistan and Turkey.
This is the fourth consecutive year that GIK is organizing this international event. This year the conference was arranged in collaboration with a local university, i.e., University of Wah (UoW). About 100 research papers were submitted for the conference, of which only 25% were accepted for Scopus indexing. The online conference was attended by almost 250 plus individuals through video link. Furthermore, the conference was streamed live on Facebook making it visible and accessible to everyone, and hence was able to capture a large audience around the globe.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary H.I., S.I., T.I. Director, Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry and the Coordinator General COMSTECH was the Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony. Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, SI also participated in the conference.
The prominent Turkish experts who spoke in the conference were: Prof. Dr. Nihal Buyukcizmeci (Selçuk University), Prof. Dr. Meryem Seferinoğlu (Sinop University), Prof. Dr. Tuncay Bayram (Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon), Prof. Dr. Serdar Ünlü (Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University), Prof. Dr. Doğan Aydın (İzmir Demokrasi Üniversitesi), and Dr Umit Akinci (Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi) and various others. The Turkish scholars lauded the GIK Institute’s concentration on result-oriented research work and for organizing the 4th international conference.
The Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, H. E. Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul also attended the conference. He said that the whole world is transitioning and lauded the GIK Institute for taking the initiative of organizing the international conference on emerging technologies. He further said that these technologies would define the world we know and hoped that both the countries become one of the pioneers of these emerging technologies.
Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, SI, Rector of GIK Institute said in the closing ceremony that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy good working relations and the interaction between the scholars and researchers of the two brotherly Muslim countries could further boost the mutual collaboration. The conference series has provided an ideal platform for such interaction and collaboration, he mentioned. Furthermore, he thanked the entire ETSE2021 and the organizing team for doing a wonderful job. The efforts of Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un-Nabi, (VC, UoW) in making the conference a success were acknowledged by local and foreign speakers at the conference. The conference Patron in Chiefs also acknowledged the support of Prof. Dr. Wasim Ahmed Khan, (Pro-Rector, Academics), and Mr. Sardar Aminullah Khan (Pro-Rector, Administration and Finance) in making the conference a success.
The other members of the conference organizing committee included: Dr. Zahid Haim, Dr. Shamsher Sadiq, and Dr. Syed Waqas Hassan.