Prime Miniser and Chief Justice of Pakistan (PM-CJ) Fund for Daimer Basha and Mohmand DAM

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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.

National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and Action Plan 2018

National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and Action Plan was prepared by PCST. The main features of the STI Strategy and Action Plan include clearly defined timelines, estimation of costs, identification of implementing agencies, major stakeholders, milestones, deliverables and key outcomes for each proposed Action.

Directory of Productive Scientists of Pakistan (PSP) - 2017

PCST is pleased to announce the publication of Directory of Productive Scientists of Pakistan (PSP) - 2017 which can be accessible & downloadable through this link. Printed copy of the same can be obtained from the Officer-Incharge, Research Evaluation Section, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Sector G-5/2, Islamabad on payment of Rs. 1200/- by hand and Rs. 1350/- through the postal service.

National Research Agenda, 2017

The National Research Agenda has been prepared 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 set in the Vision.

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.

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.

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Act passed by Houses of Parliament

The Act of PCST, for its establishment as an autonomous body, was passed by both the houses of the Parliament in 2017 giving Council the required legal framework.

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.



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.