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.

TECHNOLOGY FORESIGHT

Objectives

Based on a decision taken by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, a sectoral and nationwide Technology Foresight exercise was proposed. This approach aims at enabling the Government’s intention of uplifting key sectors through improved operation of limited national resources. It results in selecting public policies needed to align scare resources for supporting assimilation of technology by the industry. Additionally, Technology Foresight fosters increased rate of national innovation. This is achieved through the rigorous application of those Technology Foresight strategies, techniques, and methodologies that have proven successful in other countries, and are also conducive to our country’s milieu.

Specific Objectives:

According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Technology Foresight is the systematic process of visualizing science, technology, society, and economy in the long-term, with the purpose of building consensus to identify technologies, which will cause the greatest social and economic benefits.

Technology Foresight in Pakistan has been implemented to provide valuable inputs to strategy and policy planning as well as to mobilize collective strategic actions.  It aims at doing so by:

  • identifying potential opportunities for the economy or society from new science and technologies, and considering how future science and technologies could address key future challenges for the Pakistani society.

Pakistan’s Foresight program involves constructively bringing awareness of long-term challenges and opportunities into more immediate decision-making.  It looks beyond normal planning timescales to identify potential opportunities from new science and technologies. It, then take actions to help realize these opportunities. It brings together scientists, technologists, businesses and consumers, with those who can help deliver benefits. This leads to a systematic process for discussions on the future.

The consultations facilitate identification of policies and projects. The starting point for a policy or a project recommendation is a key issue where science holds the promise of solutions (e.g. information and communication technologies, in which Pakistan has already invested considerably). In addition, it may be an area of cutting edge science where the potential applications and technologies have yet to be considered and/or articulated more broadly (e.g. biotechnology, nano-technology). Foresight policies and projects will:

  • Encourage the creation of new networks between science, business and society
  • Have the support of at least one of the interested communities (Government, research funders, business, etc)
  • Add value to existing activities and initiatives with the scope to deliver outputs that would not otherwise be achieved.