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Biochar: A vital soil amendment for degraded land

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article image LAND DEGRADATION is an emerging issue in several countries especially in Pakistan as a consequence of climatic variabilities. Land degradation is impoverishment of the land by human activities and by natural causes. The loss of arable land has been caused by a number of factors, many or most of which are tied to human development in last 2 decades. It has been grouped into five classes: water erosion, wind erosion, soil fertility decline, salinization and water logging. Water and wind…Read More

NARC vital for countrys existence

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article image PAKISTAN OWNS world-standard agricultural research organization namely the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), where hundreds of highly qualified scientists are working to develop agriculture sector. The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) is one of the famous research centers working under the council which has been facilitating agriculture development through research and guidance to farmers. The center serves as headquarter for dozens of agriculture research…Read More

Why is public science education vital?

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FOR MOST of the Pakistanis science is something to be imposed in school, details of which are quickly forgotten after exams are over. This may be clear, since, unfortunately, the basic science curricula often consists of hard to memorize jargons and lectures about what science has discovered. Since the pace of scientific research is accelerating at a very high speed, the exposure of average citizen to science is increasing. The dilemma of our society is that, public is engaged in scientific…Read More

Innovation termed vital for industrial progress

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STAFF REPORT LHR: There is an urgent need for extensive research and development (RandD) activity to enable the manufacturing sector to produce innovative, user-friendly and value-added products. Faisal Afridi, President PCJCCI, expressed these views while speaking at a seminar on the "Positive impact of innovation on economy" at the chamber premises in Lahore. He highlighted Pakistan’s weakness in making innovations and its adverse effects on the economy. He added Pakistan…Read More

UVAS role vital in livestock development: VC

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STAFF REPORT LHR: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that the university is playing a key role in development of livestock and related sectors by producing competent trained manpower and conducting field-oriented research. The Vice-Chancellor said this while talking to two delegations from Australia and Portugal who have recently called on him at the campus. The Australian delegation comprised Australian Aid’s…Read More

Dams vital for national food security

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STAFF REPORT B’PUR: Food security is directly related to water security in Pakistan as this state is among the countries fast heading towards critical shortage of water for irrigation and domestic usage. If drastic measures are not taken in time, the country would face also face acute food security in near future. In the absence of mega water reservoir like Kala Bagh Dam - a multipurpose natural dam site, Pakistan would face acute shortage of water, which will exacerbate food insecurity.…Read More

Lawmakers suggest HEC vital for quality education

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The convener of the National Assembly Sub-Committee on Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education has asked the top education regulatory body to go beyond its mandated role and help find solutions to issues facing Pakistan. Taking note of this, while seemingly forgetting the quagmire that the commission is already in, the HEC chief promised to "soon" share a proposal on the formation of think-tanks regarding water, energy, agriculture and other…Read More

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

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article image 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…Read More

Getting education more vital than training

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: From colonial times, we are being trained with the purpose of gaining specific skills but not educated to further our knowledge and develop our intellect, said noted scientist Prof. Dr. HR Ahmad from JMDC Medicare Campus and Aga Khan University, Karachi, while delivering a lecture on Research Pathways to a jam-packed hall of medical students and faculty at the University of Health Sciences (UHS). Referring to Thomas Macaulay’s conscious policy of liquidating…Read More

Pollination vital to boost crop production

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s industry is based on agriculture so the pollination is an important factor that relates to productivity and food security. Pollinators play a significant role in the production of food crops in the world. Almost all fruit and grain crops require pollination to produce their crop. "The support of FAO and other international partners is a good step for initiating activities of conservation and management of pollinators for sustainable agriculture…Read More