Peshawar (Khyber Mail): The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar hosted a one-day seminar titled “AI Fusion: Academia and Industry Perspectives.” Distinguished experts from various fields, including industry, academia, and the public sector, gathered to discuss the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on education.

In his opening address, Prof. Dr. Qaisar Ali, Vice Chancellor of UET Peshawar, emphasized the global revolution brought about by AI. He urged educational institutions to follow the path of countries benefiting from this technology and integrate it into their curricula.

Engr. Javed Saleem Qureshi, Chairman of Four Brothers and Ex Chairman of PEC, highlighted the significance of AI adoption. He cited a UN report predicting robust growth in the AI market, with its value expected to reach nearly 18 trillion U.S. dollars by 2030. Qureshi stressed that Pakistan must actively embrace AI as a force for good.

Furthermore, Pakistani expatriates from Silicon Valley will lead “Training of Trainers” courses on AI in fifteen engineering universities across Pakistan. This initiative aims to equip educators with the necessary skills to impart AI knowledge effectively.

Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Rector of GIKI, stressed the need to align Pakistan’s education system with global standards. He called for flexibility in curricula to meet industry demands and prepare graduates with relevant skills.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UET Peshawar, underscored the responsibility of educational institutions. He urged them to explore AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and data science, recognizing their interconnectedness.

During the panel discussion, experts from academia and industry shared insights on AI’s challenges, opportunities, and applications. The consensus was that AI holds immense potential to transform education, enhance human capabilities, and enrich lives.

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