Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Robotics

The 2nd Meeting of Expert Panel on Robotics was held on 11th April 2018 at Pakistan Council for Science and Technology. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Shahzad Alam, Chairman, PCST.

2-Day D-8 Advanced Scientometrics Training Workshop, Islamabad, Pakistan, May 7-8, 2018

Pakistan Council for Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Islamabad in collaboration with the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation Secretariat, Turkey is organzing an International workshop on Advanced Scientometrics at Islamabad in order to encourage and harness institutional capacity in the measurement, evaluation and governance of scientific and R&D activities in the D-8 Member States.

4th National Workshop on Organic Food & Health, UoK, December 21, 2017

The Chairman, PCST delivered a keynote lecture titled "Functional Foods for Health and Wellness - Opportunities of Entrepreneurship" during the 4th National Workshop on Organic Food & Health: Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Karachi. The workshop is part of the series of workshops on the subject being organized by PCST with the initial three been held in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

4th National Workshop on Organic Food & Health, UoK, December 21, 2017

The Chairman, PCST presenting workshop shield to Prof. Dr. Memon Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai, Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam who was chief Guest during the inaugural session of the 4th National Workshop on Organic Food and Health : Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Karachi . The workshop was part of the series of workshops on the subject being organized by PCST with the initial three been held in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.Please click for further details.

4th International Conference on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, November 7-10, Karachi

Chairman, PCST participated as the Chief Guest during the closing ceremony and delivered a Keynote lecture on "Role of Pakistan Council for Science & Technology in promoting and Recognizing Scientific output" at the conference organized by International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Karachi.

3rd Invention to Innovation Summit-KP 2017

Chairman, PCST alongwith Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Secretary Higher Education Department KP and Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor, UET, Peshawar inaugurating 3rd Invention to Innovation Summit-KP 2017 at University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar on November 29, 2017.

3rd National Workshop on Organic Food & Health, UET, Peshawar, November 30, 2017

The Chairman, PCST delivered keynote lecture titled "Functional Foods for Health and Wellness - Opportunities of Entrepreneurship" during the 3rd National Workshop on Organic Food & Health: Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UET Peshawar. The workshop is part of the series of workshops on the subject being organized by PCST with the initial two been held in Islamabad and Lahore.

Pakistan Science Foundation's Popular Science Lectures Series, September 27, 2017

Prof. Anwar Gilani, Chairman, PCST delivered a lecture on "Health Challenges of Modern Life and Treating with Functional Foods and Lifestyle /Dietary Modification" at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) on September 27, 2017

Research Productivity Awards Distribution (RPA-2017) Ceremony, UAF, Faisalabad, August 07, 2017

Chairman, PCST participated in Research Productivity Award Distribution Ceremony held at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on August 07, 2017. Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary, MoST, as the Chief Guest during the occasion, distributed RPA certificates among the awardees of UAF, Faisalabad.

The Triple Helix Seminar, Islamabad, 26th July 2017

The Chairman PCST delivered a presentation titled "Harnessing Potential of Triple Helix for Rural Development" in the seminar on "The Triple Helix: Relationship between Government, Academia and Industry" organized by the Institute of Rural Development on 26th July 2017 at Islamabad.

Two Day Media Workshop on "Understanding Science", May 25-26, 2017

Prof. Anwar Gilani participated in the Media Workshop on "Understanding Science" organized by organized by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and National Press Club (NPC) at Islamabad

Delegation of China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) visiting PCST on May 19, 2017

A four member delegation of senior scientists from China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) visiting PCST on May 19, 2017.

Delegation of China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) visiting PCST on May 19, 2017

A four member delegation of senior scientists from China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) visiting PCST on May 19, 2017.

Delegation from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China visited PCST, Islamabad

A three member delegation of senior scientists comprising of Dr. Tan Xiangyong , Dr. Zhang Xiaotang, and Mr. Luo Chaoneng from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China, visited PCST on 4th May, 2017. Please click for further details.

Delegation from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China visited PCST, Islamabad

A three member delegation of senior scientists comprising of Dr. Tan Xiangyong , Dr. Zhang Xiaotang, and Mr. Luo Chaoneng from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China, visited PCST on 4th May, 2017. Please click for further details.

Delegation from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China visited PCST, Islamabad

A three member delegation of senior scientists comprising of Dr. Tan Xiangyong , Dr. Zhang Xiaotang, and Mr. Luo Chaoneng from Beijing Technology & Business University (BTBU), China, visited PCST on 4th May, 2017. Please click for further details.

"One Health Fellowship Program" organized by National Academy of Sciences, US and Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad, March 30, 2017

The Chairman PCST delivered a Keynote Lecture titled "One Health-Ensuring Healthy Society" at Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad



6th Meeting of Executive Committee of National Commission for Science and Technology (ECNCST)
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, Islamabad.

The 6th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Commission for Science and Technology (ECNCST) was held at the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST). Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) chaired the meeting while Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister for the Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms was the co-chair.

In his opening remarks, the Federal Minister S & T, welcome and thanked the participants and showed his confidence that valuable inputs of the members will help a lot in achieving the objectives for which ECNCST were established. Further as a result of this meeting the forum will be able to put up concrete proposals for the meeting National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) to be chaired by the Prime Minister in the near future. Prof. Ahsan Iqbal in his welcome comments highlighted the value of Science and Technology in the current era of knowledge based economy and assured that despite of some odds the Government is committed to promote S & T activities, provided the efforts are directed to market driven research with potential of application and entrepreneurship.

Prof. Anwar H. Gilani, Chairman, PCST in his capacity as Secretary, ECNCST while presenting the Agenda informed that the Agenda has been prepared in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. Out of a total of 29 members including Secretaries of different Federal Ministries, Chief Secretaries of Provinces, Heads of different R & D Organizations, eminent scientists, representatives of industry and HEC and Rector, 27 members participated in the meeting. After a brief introduction of NCST and ECNCST the Agenda items were discussed at length. A brief summary of the various items discussed is given as under:

The participants were informed that Research and Development (R&D) spending is considered as an important indicator of competitiveness of a country's economy. Realizing the importance of R&D, fast growing countries are either spending or have set targets of investing between 1% to 4 % of their GDPs on R&D. In contrast to this, Pakistan’s R&D spending, as percentage of GDP, is consistently declining since 2006-07 and at present it is only 0.29% of its GDP. It was therefore proposed that the Government should gradually raise the national R&D spending up to 2% of the GDP by the year 2023 and provide appropriate tax incentives for enhancing R&D activities in the Industry.

Pakistan’s R&D System that is mostly in the public sector has poor linkages with the public and private sector industry/firms. Therefore, it was proposed that measures be taken for ensuring that the R&D activities are planned and executed in consultation and collaboration with the industrial sector. Thus engaging private sector to share R&D funds as practiced in developed countries was also proposed. Furthermore, the government was requested to consider incentives to promote R&D at the industrial level and adopt different approaches to encourage and engage industry and civil society in patronage of R&D activities in the country.
To overcome the problem of brain drain and retain competent manpower, in S&T /R&D organizations of the country, a Uniform Salary Structure for Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of R&D Organizations was proposed along with service structure ensuring merit and performance based promotions.

Pakistan’s needs as a strong, stable, prosperous 21st century Islamic Republic include a world class S&T culture. Such a culture cannot be cultivated without significantly visible political will for a stable S&T agenda with strong and sustained allocation of resources required to make substantive improvements in the societal and cultural importance given to science & technology. In order to fulfill its role, secretary MoST, Mr Fazal Abbas Maken proposed a short-term communication strategy (based on Political ownership/leadership, Media exposure, Community building, Robust monitoring of science & technology performance) for the immediate improvement in the level of priority afforded to science & technology at the national level.

Science & technology and research & development can play an important role to realize almost all the goals and targets of the Vision 2025, while some of the goals require direct interventions of science and technology. A  National Research Agenda was shared with the aim to align the national R&D and innovation activities with the Vision 2025 and to provide a direction to the national R&D efforts so that they adequately support achievement of the goals under the seven pillars set in the Vision 2025.

It is pertinent to mention that the proposals approved by ECNCST will form the basis for Agenda of the next meeting of National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) to be chaired by the Prime Minister in the near future.

The Federal Minister, MoST in his closing remarks congratulated PCST and MoST for holding the meeting of ECNCST and appreciated the active participation and keen interest of members.

 

News and Events
Meeting on Technology Foresight & Research Productivity Award

The meeting on Technology Foresight Exercises & Research Productivity Award will be chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology on 19th April, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Shahzad Alam has assumed the charge of Chairman PCST on February 01, 2018

Prof. Anwar Gilani concluded his 3 years tenure as Chairman, PCST

Prof. Anwar Gilani (ex Chairman, PCST) concluded his 3 years contract on Jan 12, 2018 and resumed charge at his parent University, where he is accessible on the following address;

Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani S.I.
Professor of Pharmacology
Dept. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Aga Khan University Medical College,
Karachi
Tel. +21-3486 4571
Fax: +21- 3493 4294
ermail: anwar.gilani@aku.edu

SCO Member States Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Contest - 2018

Ministry of Science and Technology of China and Chinese Scientific & Technological Entreprises is organizing a SCO Member States Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Contest which will be held in 2018. Please click for further details

Talented Young Scientist Program (TYSP), Government of People's Republic of China

TYSP aims to support talented young scientists, scholars and researchers from Afro-Asian countries including Pakistan under the age of 45, to work in Chinese research institutes or enterprises. Click for further details.

President's Programme for Care of Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis

The aim of the programme is to utilize services of expatriate Pakistani professionals in various field of specialization. Please click for further details.

STI Voice Newsletter

Science, Technology, Innovation,STI Voice, Volume 2, Numbers 3 and 4, 2016 is now available for our readers. Click th link for further details and to download Newsletter.

Establishment of Pensioner's Cell at PCST

PCST has established Pensioner's Cell under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Aslam Tahir, CRO (PCST) for dealing with issues of pension. Click here for further details.

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