PPL has established chairs in leading public and private sector universities to bridge the gap between academia and the oil and gas industry and produce skilled and qualified human resource informed by the latest technology for the industry.
The company has established and funded a Petroleum Engineering (PE) Chair each at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro and NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi (NED) and a Geophysics Chair each at Bahria University, Karachi Campus (BUKC) and University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
The PE Chair at MUET was established back in 2006. The Chair became operational in 2017 with hiring of a full-time professor with a grant of Rs. 7 million and a commitment of funding around Rs. 50 million over the next five years. The Chair has made inroads into developing and implementing a research-based infrastructure at Institute of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering in line with international standards, including integrated graduate and postgraduate curricula.
Moreover, active collaboration with reputed industry partners is also underway.
Established earlier, the NED Chair became functional with a full-time professor on board in 2016. The company has committed a grant of Rs. 50 million over five years with an annual disbursement of nearly Rs. 10 million for operational expenses, including research and development and implementation of integrated curricula, especially for a postgraduate degree in PE.
The PPL Geophysics Chair at Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, BUKC became operational in 2012 to promote research and development initiatives complementing the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Over the period of 5 years, PPL contributed Rs. 52.5 million for the chair, including Rs. 15 million as special grant, for establishing a state-of-the-art digital geophysics data lab at BUKC.