Govt seems least bothered to boost S and T sector


STAFF REPORT ISB: Science and technology seems to be lowest on the government’s development agenda. A drastic cut has been slapped on recurring budget or allocations for new projects. Some projects being executed by the Ministry of Science and Technology have been shelved. A meager amount of Rs903 million has been set aside for 31 projects in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2014-15 for various ongoing and new projects against Rs2.1 billion allocated for 51 projects last

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Workshop highlights stakeholders input to devise strategy on S and T




STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is a developing state which is vigorously taking various initiatives to set the track of science and technology on solid footings. However, there is still a dire and immediate need to secure development in this vital sector which can guarantee the socio-economic development of the country as has been done in the West.
"The new SandT strategy 2014-18 would aim at rapid development of human resources besides providing employment to youth," said

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COMSATS network of S and T centres strengthened


STAFF REPORTER ISB: The Comsats Coordinating Council, while formally approving inclusion of Tunisia’s Water Research and Technologies Centre of Borj-Cedria (CERTE) as the 19th member of the COMSATS’ Network of International SandT Centres of Excellence, has taken various strategic decisions in connection with its international programmes and projects.
The decision to this effect was taken during the 17th two-day meeting of the Coordinating Council recently concluded in Tehran, says a

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Headless S and T bodies taking toll on development, research projects


STAFF REPORT ISB: The incumbent government’s level of seriousness towards good governance is evident from the fact that as many as 10 organisations working under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) are currently functioning without permanent heads, taking a toll on research and development projects.
After months of delay, the ministry has recently invited applications to fill the 10 head level positions, currently being run by people with acting charge.
The Pakistan Science

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Pakistan keen to develop S and T sector


STAFF REPORT ISB: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has said that Pakistan is keen in the development of Science and Technology (SandT) sector and is playing an active role in this regard.
The minister said this during a meeting with Italy-based World Academy of Science Executive Director Prof. Romain Murenzi.
He said that they are working for the science diplomacy and South-South cooperation, said a press release.
He further apprised the World Academy of Science

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Reforms of S and T ministry on the card


STAFF REPORT ISB: A series of meetings regarding the restructuring and reorientation of various organizations are going on in the Ministry of Science and Technology, in the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.
In this connection, a detailed presentation has recently been given by Pir Baksh Jamali, Director General SQCA, a subsidiary organization of the Ministry of SandT. The minister said on the occasion that after the 18th amendments the PSQCA has to

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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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PCST, Technology Times to launch Pak first S and T channel


STAFF REPORT ISB:Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) in collaboration with Technology Times will soon launch Pakistan’s first Science Channel, to popularize the science and technology subjects through disseminating the relevant information and latest progress to students and common people.

"The project named TechTV.pk’ has recently started its beta version. Once launched, the channel will cover science and technology educational activities across the country,"

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S and T exhibition displays local products


STAFF REPORT PESH: For the promotion of indigenously developed research products that can bring economic and social transformation in KPK, the Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) has organized a science and technology exhibition on at COMSATS Abbottabad.

A variety of products were displayed in the exhibition by research and development organization, public and private academic institutions, industry, private individuals and firms.

The DoST provided a number of free incentives

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PCST planning to promote S and T culture in other cities




STAFF REPORT IBD: Chairperson of Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Mudassir Asrar, has said that the Council is planning to expand its area of activities to other cities of the country as there is a dire need to create awareness about the operations of the council as well as science and technology.

"We would hold seminars, workshops and symposiums in other cities instead of Islamabad because the people of other areas are comparatively less aware of the scope and

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Lacking approach on S and T promotion


The repeated achievements of young and budding Pakistani brains at renowned international contests in the field of environment-friendly technology speaks volumes about the rich potential and talent existing in the country. The recent history is witness to the fact that outstanding Pakistani students have participated in the world competitions like science and technology, environment, robots, fuel-efficient car race, mathematics, information technology, etc. and brought laurels for their

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Need stressed for dedicated leadership to promote S and T


STAFF REPORT IBD:The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is working for a better future of science and technology in the country and to promote science at grass-root levels by organising different activities to create young leaders among scientists for socio-economic development and prosperity.

"It is his firm belief that talent, skills, positivity and honesty of a person make any a good leader as he strives for positive change in his surroundings," said PSF Chairman Dr Khalil

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S and T pivotal for national progress


STAFF REPORT IBD: Advancement in science and technology is pre-requisite in the present era for development of nation. We have to focus on basic and engineering sciences to compete the modern challenges and we should provide best educational facilities to IIUI students.

Rector IIUI, Dr Masoom Yasinzai said this at a recently held two-day national workshop to explore development in advanced electronics and bring specific expertise to this field, organized by Faculty of Engineering and

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Pakistan, Argentina agree for S and T cooperation


STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan and Argentina enjoy close and cordial relations and there is need to learn from each other’s experiences and adopt best practices in the field of science and technology.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said this during his meeting with a three-member delegation headed by Member of National Assembly of Argentinian, Julia Arpestina Perie, who has recently called on him in Islamabad.

During the meeting, the areas of mutual interest,

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COMSATS striving for S and T-led development of the South


The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) was established in 1994, as a realization of an ambitious plan envisaged by the Nobel Laureate from Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam, to catalyze the socio-economic uplift of the developing countries by promoting and inculcating science and technology (SandT) culture.

COMSATS is an apex body whose Commission comprises Heads of State/Government as its Members. Currently, there are 21 Member States of

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COMSTECH urged to improve S and T infrastructure


STAFF REPORT IBD: Research and innovation is imperative for the Muslim Ummah to reclaim its rightful place in the international community and the COMSTECH can play crucial role in this regard.

These views were expressed by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid during his recent visit to the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Co-operation (COMSTECH) Secretariat in Islamabad.

On the occasion, he appreciated the

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World support needed for S and T promotion


STAFF REPORT IBD: For the development of science and technology in Pakistan we have meagre resources and challenges are huge so in this regard, the support of international community both at financial and technological levels will be a source of relief for us.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said this during a recently held meeting with UNESCO delegation led by Assistant Director General Dr Qian Tang.

Science and Technology Secretary Aklaq Ahmad Tarar and

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