PCST head dem and s more funds for R and D


STAFF REPORT FSD: Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Chairperson Dr Mudassar Israr has demanded of the government to allocate at least one per cent of the GDP for research and development as currently only 0.3 per cent of the GDP is being spent on it.
Addressing a function organised by the UAF Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation in the city, she said that Japan is spending five per cent of the GDP on research and development. She said the research budget has

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Commercialisation of S and T R and D vital for socio-economic development


STAFF REPORT LHR: Research and development have emerged as a driving force behind national progress, as has been evident from the development of the West. Pakistan desperately needs to promote, RandD culture, commercialise research works and improve integration of research and education at all levels.
"We should work on commercialisation of faculty’s research work in collaboration with university’s research office and Higher Education Commission, so that their hard work could play

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Scrutiny for National ICT R and D Awards in progress


STAFF REPORT IBD: Scrutiny of applications is in progress to confer the National ICT Research and Development Awards-2013 for which winners would be rewarded with millions of rupees.

"The awards are expected to be given within next two months time," sources at the National ICT Fund said adding this initiative is being launched to acknowledge efforts of Pakistani organizations, researchers, academicians, professionals, engineers in the area of ICT.

The sources said that the

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VCs forum stresses Islamic varsities joint initiatives to meet R and D goals




STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Scholars from the Muslim world have resolved to work for greater academic interaction, create an Islamic universities pool of scholarships, and to initiate joint research and development programme in order to achieve the set goals in the field of science and technology.

This resolution came after a recently concluded two-day interactive and technical session at the Vice Chancellor Forum 2013 in which heads and representatives of 200 universities from the

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Socio-eco progress hinges on R and D orgs-industry coop

STAFF REPORT LHR: The sustained collaboration between experienced researchers, eminent scientists and young entrepreneurs can do miracles in scientific advancement in order to achieve socio-economic progress of the country."We should forge collaboration among academia, RandD organizations, public sector departments and the industry," said Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a recently held two-day Invention

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Pakistan desperately needs to focus on R and D at university level: Dr. Jamil

What was the approach behind inception of Abysan University?JAMIL AHMAD: The Abysan educational institution was founded in 1998. Muhammad Imranullah, the founder of the institution, was basically an industrialist. He quit the business desperately feeling that he was not getting trained human resources, so he decided to set up an institute to train the relevant manpower to run his industry. Presently, the institute is offering various technical diplomas such as electrical and mechanical. In 2005

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Rs276.43m given for 53 R and D IT projects

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has provided Rs.276.43 million for 53 research and development programmes during the last three years.In addition to that, the total investments in the form of grants disbursed under the Prime Minister’s National ICT Scholarship Programme during the said period was Rs 979 million and the basic objective was to promote IT education among the youth.According to an official of the IT ministry said that the total

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A window to National ICT R and D Fund

THE NATIONAL ICT RandD Fund, a company registered under the Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984, with the vision to transform Pakistan’s economy into a knowledge based economy by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources. A complete range of Fund’s initiatives and RandD themes is available on our website www.ictrdf.org.pkPrime Minister’s National ICT Scholarship Programme (PM NICTSP)It is towards

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ICT R and D Fund urged to conduct IT survey in SMEs

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) President Zulfikar Thaver has urged the National ICTRandD Fund to carry out a complete survey of the SMEs indicating their complete details location, industry, capacity, experience, performance and investment of each SME together with the tax registration numbers and ratings.He said this in a recently held meeting with Muhammad Ahmed, General Manager National ICT RandD Fund, Ministry of Information Technology.Thaver said that

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Scientists asked to stress on R and D

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) said the scientists through intensive agricultural research could boost the economy for self-sufficiency and food security of the country.Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Chairman, PARC while addressing the scientists on his retirement, said science based agriculture was the need of the hour. The scientists have to see the priorities for enhancing the income of the small framers who were the real people in agricultural sector developments. Senior

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ICT R and D Fund plans to finance IT sector survey

STAFF REPORT IBD: The National ICT RandD Fund has planned to finance a comprehensive survey study of Pakistan Information Technology (IT) and Enable Services (ITES) industry in order to collect database of all operating companies of all sizes including key economic indicators, business volume and turnover, their technical and human resources, and rudimentary information.This survey study will not only be an important headway towards streamlining the industry and its players, but it will also

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Need to revisit policy on research and development

WHILE GLOBAL expenditure on research and development has been rising consistently, two of the ten countries – China and India – which contribute about 78 per cent of the total are now emerging economies. Most recently, India has announced to double its RandD allocations with the main focus on science and technology as well as information technology. South Asia’s contribution to the global RandD expenditures is estimated at a pitiful four cent of the total and even this expenditure mostly comes

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