The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Coordination of Marketing and Development of Mineral Resources/Minister of State, Mr. Shahzad Syed Qasim accompanied by Director General (Minerals), Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division), Engr. Muhammad Iqbal and Director, Geological Survey of Pakistan, Lahore Office, Hafiz Imtenan Ilahi visited Departments of Mining Engineering and Geological Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore for a briefing on their expertise and facilities. The delegates also meet Vice Chancellor UET Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Dean Faculty of Earth Sciences & Engineering Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zubair Abubaker who assured full support from University for development of indigenous mineral resources. Mr. Shahzad Syed Qasim highlighted the Government’s role for enhancing the mineral sector’s contribution to the economy and the need for an effective academia-industry linkage for research & development support to introduce appropriate and safe mining techniques and beneficial utilization of mineral product in the downstream industry. The delegation was briefed about the capacities and technical expertise of the Mining and Geological Engineering Departments which could be utilized to explore the mineral potential of the country by reinvigorating the Research & Development in mineral sector. Chairman Mining Engineering Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali presented the idea of establishment of Centre of Excellence for Mining Technology. The discussions were also focused on the occupational safety & health concerns in mineral sector operations, exploration of new resources, mine design and mineral processing. The participants expressed their commitment to put all the ideas into realization for uplift of mineral sector of Pakistan. Mr. Shahzad Syed Qasim appreciated the services being rendered by the University to impart quality education and was pleased to mention that the mineral industry can greatly benefit from the R&D facilities and expertise available with the two Departments of the University and procedure for this purpose can be streamlined, particularly the faculty’s association at mega mining projects i.e. Saindak Copper-Gold, Thar Coal etc. The meeting ended with a note of thanks to and from the honorable Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and visit to the laboratories & simulation facilities of the Departments of Mining Engineering and Geological Engineering.