PASTIC provided 1362 research & development workers with total of 24715 science & technology documents & 1649 bibliographies in digital form during the fiscal year 2021–22.
The Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center (PASTIC) provided 1362 research and development workers with a total of 24715 science and technology documents and 1649 bibliographies in digital form during the fiscal year 2021–22.
The Center abstracted and indexed 11,500 records into the Pakistan Science Abstracts database. An official source revealed that around 5342 users visited the PASTIC library for getting references, reading, photocopying, internet browsing, and web searching during 2021–22.
In addition, the library received 183 issues of national and international journals for free. Twelve issues of PASTIC Library’s Fresh Arrivals were published online as well as in print and distributed to members.
Reprographic Services completed 75 printing jobs from 15 research and development organizations. Furthermore, six online issues of “Technology Roundup,” a bimonthly trade and technology news e-bulletin, were published, as were two workshops under the University-Industry Partnership and five seminars or workshops on intellectual property rights and entrepreneurship.
At the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, an Expo on STEM and IT Innovations: Innovative Trends in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and ICTs was also held.
Concerning the awareness and promotion of PASTIC services, a total of 11 stalls, including five awareness seminars, were organised at various departments of universities across the country via sub-centres.
Furthermore, 36 workshops on research-related topics such as data analysis (SPSS, R), literature search, research methodology, research proposal/paper writing, reference management (Mendeley, EndNote, Zotero), and quality assurance in higher education were organized to build researchers’ capacity and skills.
Because the PASTIC is already designated as the National Focal Point of the UNESCO IFAP National Committee (UNESCO Information for All Programme IFAP), a training workshop on “Data Literacy and Journalism: Steps Toward Interpreting and Drafting Data-Driven Stories” was organised in this regard.
PASTIC is Pakistan’s leading organisation for disseminating information of science and technology to scientists, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, industry, and citizens in the form of digital documents. The PASTIC National Center is located on the campus of Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
It has six subcenters throughout Pakistan, including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, and Muzaffarabad. The primary goal of PASTIC is to collect, process, and disseminate information in all science and technology disciplines.
Bibliographic and document supply services, abstracting and indexing services, the National Science Reference Library, reprographic services, technology information services, awareness and promotion of PASTIC services, the capacity or skill development of researchers and entrepreneurs, and international liaison are some of the services provided by PASTIC.