STAFF REPORT ISB: Highlighting the mega benefits of adopting science and technology in national progress and development for human beings, speakers and scientists at an easy contest stressed the need to pool up efforts as well as resources at both individual and collective levels to put Pakistan road to progress in real terms. They were also of the view that young minds in educational institutions and budding scientists need to be encouraged so that they could be a contributing factor in popularizing science and technology in every nook and corner of the country.
The easy contest was arranged by the Technology Times with an aim to popularize as well as promote science culture especially among the students of higher institutions from across the country.
The speakers who spoke during the event included Iqbal Ahmed Qarshi,CEO Qarshi Industries (Pvt) LTD, Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, and Sayyed Paras Ali, Editor and CEO Technology Times.
To make Pakistan science conscious it is imperative that the scientists encourage new generation by acquainting them to the fascinations and rewards that the science is replete with
In his remarks, Dr Zabta K Shinwari stressed that any progressive country who wants to get an envious niche in the globe encourages the establishment of a supreme scientific organization, usually designated as the “Academy of Sciences” devoted to the promotion of science and its applications for the general welfare of humanity. He said a comprehensive plan has been prepared to engage all stakeholders especially youth for the promotion of science and technology.
He also briefed the audience about the current activities of the Academy in general and the background and objective of these brainstorming sessions in particular. He emphasized that younger generation is the future custodian of Pakistan, and, thus, the Academy has decided to encourage and motivate young scientists to promote SandT with the guidance and support of senior scientists.
While addressing the audience, Iqbal Ahmed Qarshi, CEO Qarshi Industries (Pvt) LTD, emphasized on loyalty as a key to success in practical life. He discussed about the core values of the Qarshi Industries which is loyalty, integrity, and ownership.
He also said that production facilities of their industrial units emphasize heavily on indigenous research and have achieved various international certifications. As organization, it is run on modern management principles. These steps have enabled the company to successfully compete with leading global FMCGs, which operate in Pakistan in different product categories. Its brands spend extensively on advertising and are popular among masses for their quality.
In his remarks, Sayyed Paras Ali, Editor and CEO Technology Times, highlighted the importance of science culture for popularization of science in the country. He said that popularization of science is the key to establishing science culture in the society. The difference between developed and developing nations is the adaptation of science and technology always lead to new heights of national progress and prosperity. He encouraged the students to keep participating in such events of essay writing.
He also suggested that there is a dire need to bridge the gap between scientists community and media persons saying it would help a lot in the latters capacity building and understanding of this relevant sector.
Students from different universities of Pakistan also visited the Qarshi Industry.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, prizes were distributed among the winners of the EssayCon-2015.
According to the results, Muhammad Salman Khan from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, got the first position, Zainab Khan from the same university secured the second position, Sara Ehsan from Riphah University was declared third while the fourth position was secured by Zumar Noor from IBA, Sukkur.
Dr Zabta also congratulated the Technology Times for organizing the events and their efforts to popularize science in the society.