Technology boost required to attain food security objective: Experts


STAFF REPORT LHR: The need to categorically focus on technological interventions to boost agricultural yields was emphasized at All Pakistan Science Conference on Food Security and Security Challenges in Pakistan. The two day event was organized by Pakistan Association for Advancement of Science (PAAS) and Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).

Various experts from food technology sector suggested the improved research and finding new methods for bolstering the

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Integrated efforts are required to curtail biodiversity reduction: Speakers




STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held to mark the release of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in order to formulate protocols to restrict practices responsible for biodiversity reduction. The event was held by Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Ashraf Raja, Director of Biodiversity Programme at the MoCC, said, "Our primary object is that our indigenous species are

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Integrated efforts are required to curtail biodiversity reduction: Speakers


STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held to mark the release of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in order to formulate protocols to restrict practices responsible for biodiversity reduction. The event was held by Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Ashraf Raja, Director of Biodiversity Programme at the MoCC, said, "Our primary object is that our indigenous species are ensured and

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Formulation of problem solving research is required at national level: PSF Chairman


STAFF REPORT ISB: The research and development activities in Pakistan must be monitored and redundant researches must be replaced with problem solving researches in order to mull for indigenous solutions for our indigenous problems. Revolving around this theme, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) organized a two day workshop titled as Project Formulation’ at University of Poonch, Rawalakot.

The participants from different universities, academicians, faculty members, scientists,

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Joint efforts required to attain food security objectives




STAFF REPORT ISB: Food security is one of the major challenges to which Pakistan is exposed and number of steps are yet to be taken for improvement in this particular issue. Collaborative efforts from provincial food departments are necessary to mitigate the adverse multifaceted impacts of food insecurity. A meeting was held to ensure the food quality, and establish a joint working group between provincial food departments and PSQCA and important ideas were exchanged for betterment of

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Joint efforts required to attain food security objectives


STAFF REPORT ISB: Food security is one of the major challenges to which Pakistan is exposed and number of steps are yet to be taken for improvement in this particular issue. Collaborative efforts from provincial food departments are necessary to mitigate the adverse multifaceted impacts of food insecurity. A meeting was held to ensure the food quality, and establish a joint working group between provincial food departments and PSQCA and important ideas were exchanged for betterment of overall

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Policy reforms required to improve academic rankings




Ahsan Jamil



THE PUNJAB University (PU) has sprinted ahead remarkably by notching up to the 15th slot among South Asian Universities and top of the rankings table in Pakistan, as per recently issued rankings by Cybermetrics Lab, Spanish research organization. More than 20,000 universities from around the world were scrutinized, evaluated on set criteria, and based on the overall aggregate PU emerged out as a strong contender that can compete with global academic players in terms

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Venture Capital Funds boosting required to develop cyber entrepreneur in Pakistan




Adeel Lakhani is a Finance and CIS Graduate from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA. He has vast experience of cyber entrepreneurship. He founded web development firm, managed fast food chain successfully, and now is running his cyber business of one of the largest online DVD Stores of Pakistan i.e. dvddirect.com that has collection of over 13,000 titles. Adeel shared his views with Technology Times in a recent interview




Tell us briefly about yourself and

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Major reforms required to stem academic corruption




By Ahsan Jamil

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan was awarded the mission to integrate the concept of quality assurance in higher learning with enhanced levels of international compatibility through capacity building. And, to safeguard public interest by enforcing good practices in education and encouraging continuous improvement in the management of quality in higher education.

Along with public sector universities, private sector is also an exponential variable

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Efforts required for curtailing edible oil import




PAKISTAN IS facing the edible oil scarcity and consequently has to depend on imports to meet domestic need, which requires huge amount of hard earned foreign exchange. Total requirement of the edible oil in 2012-13 was 3.069 million tons while local production from all the sources was only 0.567 million tons. There is an enormous gap between utilization and production of edible oil, to fill this gap 2.502 million tonnes was imported at the cost of Rs. 214.94 billion (Govt. of Pakistan,

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Injecting NDMA with required skills


PAKISTAN IS one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. This realization got intensified after the 2005 massive earthquake that had hit Azad Kashmir and adjoining parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province leaving around 200,000 people dead and turning a number of cities into ruins. Though the response from the Pakistan Army, NGOs and the general public in terms of rescue operations was quick, yet the coordination among the government departments was a complete failure. This had prompted

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