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.

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

RPA/PSP SIGN IN

Research Productivity Award(RPA)



RPA SCHEME FROM 2001-02 TO 2009-10

The scheme for award of RPA to productive scientists and engineers was introduced in year 2001-2002. The first criteria approved by the Finance Division for disbursement of the RPA was:-

Category of Scientist

[Impact Factor (50%)] + [Citation Index (50%)]

Amount/ Month/ Person (Rs.)

A

300+

100,000

B

201-300

75,000

C

151-200

50,000

D

101-150

30,000

E

51-100

17,000

F

21-50

10,000

G

5-20

5,000

Evaluation of research was based on following parameters:

  1. Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
  2. National Citation Index (NCI)

REVISED CRITERIA FOR THE RPA SCHEME 2010-11 TO 2011-12:

In order to broaden the scope and to include applied research in the scheme in year 2009, the committee was constituted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to revise the criteria. The revised criteria for the award of RPA as recommended by the review committee headed by Dr. Qasim Jan was approved by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology. The scheme was rationalized to broaden its base on the basis of annually achievable JIF+CI scores. The following categorization based on JIF+CI scores and the corresponding amounts of the award persuaded was:

Category

Impact Factor + Citation Index + Applied Research Output

Amount / Annum

(Rs)

A

30.000 and above

350,000

B

25.000 - 29.999

250,000

C

20.000 - 24.999

200,000

D

15.000 - 19.999

150,000

E

10.000 - 14.999

100,000

F

5.000 - 9.999

75,000

G

1.000 - 4.999

50,000

The scheme was renamed as Research Productivity Award, as it is an award by an independent agency and not an allowance paid by the parent organization. The output of applied research in the form of products and processes that are patented nationally or internationally and approved crop varieties were also considered.
Researchers working in the universities and institutions in the private sector and Foreign faculty working in Pakistani universities in the private as well as the public sector were also considered eligible for RPA, as their research papers published from Pakistani institutions contribute to the total number of international research publications from the country and it encourage the institutions in the private sector to give more emphasis to research, which would eventually lead to raising the quality of education in these institutions.

REVISED CRITERIA FOR THE RPA SCHEME 2013-14:

A committee constituted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to evaluate and review the scheme of Research Productivity Award under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Atta-ur- Rahman (FRS, TI, SI HI, NI), Patron-in-Chief, University of Karachi revised the criteria of Research Productivity Award (RPA).

The new scoring of the RPA criteria as result of this revision include:

  • International Books
  • Patents Granted
  • Research Supervision
  • Research Grants Won
  • International Publications
  • Applied Research Output

REVISED CRITERIA FOR THE RPA SCHEME 2015-16:

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Review of Research Productivity Award (RPA) and Directory of the Productive Scientists Of Pakistan (PSP)

A meeting of the Research Productivity Award (RPA) Review Committee was held on October 15, 2015 at 09:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST). The list of participants who attended the meeting is given at the end of this document.

The meeting commenced with the recitation of few verses from the holy Quran. Prof. Dr. Anwar-u-Hassan Gilani, Chairman, PCST after giving a brief introduction of the RPA requested the participants to choose Chair before formally beginning the proceedings of the review process. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary proposed the name of Prof. Gilani, Chairman, PCST for the Chair which was unanimously agreed by the other participants. Later, the participants formally introduced themselves. Mr. Farid Bakhtiar gave a presentation to the house on the revision of RPA scheme after which the chair opened the floor for discussions and deliberations. The participants thoroughly reviewed the existing parameters of the RPA and the way they can be improved to address the wider concerns of the scientific community and Ministry of Science and Technology.

Decisions/Recommendation w.r.t. the RPA Scheme:

  1. Divisibility of the number of contributing researchers is restored.
  2. Weightage of Impact Factor publications be reduced from 40 points to 30 points.
  3. Weightage of citations raised from 20 points to 30 points, thus making equal weightage of impact factor and citations.
  4. Period of citation increased from 1 year to 3 years.
  5. The Approved Crop Varieties continue to carry 10 points. However, Engineering Design/process and Medical devices be also considered along with the Approved Crop Varieties, which will be assessed by committees comprising experts from the respective fields with representatives from Pakistan Council for Science and Technology and Commercialization Cell, Ministry of Science and Technology.
  6. Weightage of PhD Supervision be reduced from 10 points to 05 points. The following distribution of scores be adopted in case of sole or multiple supervisors (supervisor and co-supervisors).
  7. a) Solo Supervisor: 05 Points

    b) Supervisor with Co-supervisor(s):

    Supervisor: 50% weightage i.e. 2.5 Points

    Co-supervisor(s): 50%/n (where ‘n’ is number of Co-supervisors)

  8. The total weightage of Research Grants be reduced from 10 to 05 points. A minimum threshold limit of 0.5 million be considered for External Research Grants. However, the following distribution of scores be adopted in case of sole or multiple investigators.
  9. a) Solo Project Incharge: 05 Points

    b) Project Incharge(P.I) with Co-Project Incharge(s)(Co-P.I(s))

    P.I.: 50% weightage i.e. 2.5 Points

    Co-P.I(s): 50%/n (where ‘n’ is number of Co-P.Is(s)

  10. Books published by the reputed publishers only be considered. Books published by black listed publishers will not be considered. Since there is no clear identifiable distinction between the principal author and co-author(s) of books, therefore, the total score may be equally divided into number of contributing authors.
  11. The distinction between local and international patents be abolished, as the process of local patents is also cumbersome and that the high fees for international patents are not affordable to a large majority, particularly the younger scientists.
  12. Patent granted will carry 10 points while commercialized patents/products be given 05 additional points. Since there is no clear identifiable distinction between the patentee and co-patentee(s), therefore, the total score may be equally divided into number of contributing researchers. Similar distribution be made for commercialized patents/products; however, for the assessment of commercialization, a separate committee will be constituted, to be chaired by Commercialization cell of the MoST.
  13. The web of knowledge will be used to assess citations.
  14. Scaling of the RPA applicants will continue to be followed.

The weightage for different research areas under the revised RPA criteria is as under:

a.

Cumulative impact factor

30%

b.

Total Citations

30%

c.

Patents Granted

10%

d.

Patents Commercialized

05%

e.

Ph.D. Supervised

05%

f.

Books Published / Edited

05%

g.

External research grants (0.5 M & Above)

05%

h.

Crop Varieties/Engineering Process / products / Medical Devices etc.

10%

Deliberations and decisions regarding Directory of Productive Scientists of Pakistan (PSP)

  1. Same parameters and weightage be used for PSP and RPA except for addition of Award (National & International ) as a new parameter in case of PSP, based on the fact that PSP is the lifetime achievement, whereas RPA is yearly exercise. Furthermore Awards category be given 5% weightage. The weightage of granted patents be reduced from 10 points to 5 points to adjust addition of awards category in PSP.
  2. The total weightage of citation i.e. 30% in both RPA and PSP would be assessed and calculated by consideration of equal weightage of total citations and h-Index (15% each).
  3. Scaling be applied to all parameters of PSP as in the case of RPA.
  4. A separate ranking in the directory may be provided for young productive scientists having threshold year limit of 40 years and below.
  5. Reputed international Publishers be considered for the published books. In this regard a committee be constituted to evaluate the published books in due course of time.
  6. Any scientist who is black listed by the Higher Education Commission based on plagiarism may not be considered for both RPA and PSP.
  7. Any publisher who is black listed by the Higher Education Commission may not be considered. The list of awards (National and International) used for previous editions of PSP and slightly updated in the meeting is annexed.

The weightage for different research areas under the revised PSP criteria is as under:

a.

Cumulative impact factor

30%

b.

Total Citations & h-Index

30%

c.

Patents Granted

10%

d.

Patents Commercialized

05%

e.

Ph.D. Supervised

05%

f.

Books Published / Edited

05%

g.

External research grants (0.5 M & Above)

05%

h.

Crop Varieties/Engineering Process / products / Medical Devices etc.

10%

h.

Awards

05%

List of Participants of RPA Review Committee Meeting held on 15-10-2015

S. No

Name and Affiliation

1

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
Chairman
Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad

2

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Baig
Distinguished National Professor
National Center for Physics
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

3

Prof. Dr. N.M. Butt
Professor & Chair
Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology
Preston University, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad

4

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary
Director, ICCBS
University of Karachi, Karachi

5

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani
Chairman
Pakistan Council for Science & Technology, Islamabad

6

Prof. Dr. Tasawar Hayat
Distinguished National Professor
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

7

Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain
Executive Director, Commercialization Cell
Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad

8

Dr. Nasir M. Khan
Additional Registrar
Pakistan Engineering Council, Islamabad

9

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar Khan 
Director, CABB
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

10

Dr. Alia Bano Munshi
CSO, PCSIR, Karachi

11

Mr. Syed Nawazish Ali Shah
JSA(P&C)
Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad

12

Prof. Dr. Jasmin Shah
Meritorious Professor
University of Peshawar, Peshawar

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to Peer Review the “Books Published / Edited” for Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2015-16

A meeting of the sub-committee to Peer Review "Books Published/Edited" component of the Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2015-16 was held on 29th April, 2015 under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Anwar-u-Hassan Gilani, Chairman PCST. The list of participants who attended the meeting is in the section to follow.

The meeting started with the recitation of the Quran-e-Hakim. Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, in his welcome address extended a warm welcome and his sincere gratitude to all the participants of the meeting and then gave an overview of the Research Evaluation activities of PCST including RPA and PSP.

Decisions:

Giving general guidelines, it was agreed that in addition to other criteria the following books would also not be considered for RPA/PSP:

  1. Books having No ISBN number
  2. Thesis
  3. Books claimed without proofs
  4. Monographs of HEC
  5. Books In Press
  6. Manuals
  7. Proceedings of Conferences etc. should be removed
  8. Abstracts
  9. Guidelines

List of Participants of RPA Review Committee

S. No

Name and Affiliation

1

Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali
Executive Director
Higher Education Commission
Islamabad

2

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
Chairman , PSF
Islamabad.

3

Dr. Nowshaba Awais,
Director R&D, HEC
Islamabad

4

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Baig
Distinguished National Professor
National Center for Physics
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

5

Prof. Dr. N.M. Butt
Professor & Chair,
Preston Institute of Nano-Science & Technology
Preston University, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad

6

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani
Chairman , PCST
Islamabad

7

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar Khan  
Director, CABB
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to Peer Review the “Applied Research Output” for Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2015-16

A meeting of the sub-committee to Peer Review the "Applied Research Output" for Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2015-16 was held on 28th April, 2016 under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Anwar-u-Hassan Gilani, Chairman PCST. The list of participants who attended the meeting is in the section to follow.

The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. Prof. Gilani, in his welcome address extended a warm welcome and his sincere gratitude to all the participants of the meeting and then stated that the purpose of the meeting is to evaluate the "Applied Research Output" component of the Research Productivity Award. He then gave a brief overview of the research evaluation activities of PCST and highlighted that that one of the main activities carried out by PCST is to evaluate and rank the scientists / researchers doctors and engineers of Pakistan.

Later on three sub-committees were constituted to evaluate the applied research component of the applications for the RPA 2015; in the following three categories namely:

  1. Engineering
  2. Medical
  3. Applied Crop variety

A. ENGINEERING SUB-COMMITTEE

The Engineering sub-committee comprised of the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC
  • Engr. Dr. Nasir M. Khan, Add. Registrar, PEC,
  • Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain, Executive Director, Commercialization Cell, MoST
  • Mr. Ajmal Sharif, GM , EDB, (On behalf of Dr.Tariq Chaudhry, CEO, EDB)
  • Mr. Ijaz Ahmed, GM, EDB, (On behalf of Dr.Tariq Chaudhry, CEO, EDB)
  • Engr. Farid Bakhtiar, PRO, PCST (assisted the committee)

Decisions regarding the RPA 2015-16 applications:

After evaluation, No claims made under the "Engineering" discipline of the "Applied Research Component of RPA 2015" were approved by the committee.

Recommendation regarding criteria for future:

The following suggestions were proposed with regard to the Evaluation Criteria for Applied Research in the field of Engineering Designs/Products/Technologies.

  1. Whether product/ technology/ design/process has been developed as per need of local industry and/or market?
  2. Status of Patent application, if any
  3. Whether the developed product / technology / process /design has been commercialized (transferred / leased out to industry/ entrepreneur etc)
  4. Technical details alongwith Quality and Efficiency of the developed product/ technology / design and its comparison with similar technologies / products etc existing/ available in the market.
  5. Benefit to Industry including number of beneficiaries, cost- saving (especially in case of import substitute), value addition (in case of improvement in the existing technology), number of jobs created, availability of local technical support after transfer of technology, etc
  6. Investment attracted (amount)
  7. Revenue generated (amount)
  8. Overall impact of the given research out-put on Society

B. MEDICAL SUB-COMMITTEE

The Medical sub-committee comprised of the following members:

  1. Maj. Gen. (R) Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Vice Chancellor, University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  2. Maj Gen (R) Farooq Ahmad Khan, Former Commandant AFIP/ President College of Pathologist, Islamabad
  3. Dr. Muhammad Arif Munir, PHRC (On behalf of Dr. Huma Qureshi, ED, PHRC, Islamabad)
  4. Dr. M. Arif Nadeem, PHRC (On behalf of Dr. Huma Qureshi, ED, PHRC, Islamabad)

Decisions regarding the RPA 2015-16 applications:

After evaluation, No claims made under the “Medical” discipline of the “Applied Research Component of RPA 2015” were approved by the committee.

Recommendation regarding criteria for future:

The following suggestions were proposed with regard to the Evaluation Criteria for Applied Research in the field of Medical / Health Sciences.

  1. The criteria for consideration of  applied research output in the field of medicine/health need to be clearly defined.
  2. The claims made in this sub-category should be supported with documentary evidence giving all technical details.

C. CROP VARIETY SUB-COMMITTEE

The Crop Variety sub-committee comprised of the following members:

  1. Dr. Ahmad Baksh Mahar, Member/ Incharge Plant Sciences Dept. PARC
  2. Dr. Najeeb U Siddiqi, Director Federal Seed Certi. & Regist. Dept.
  3. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, (assisted Member PARC)
  4. Dr. Saima Nasir, SRO, PCST (assisted the committee)

Decisions regarding the RPA 2015-16 applications:

Three crop varieties for which documentary evidence was available in the form of minutes of Provincial seed Committees / notification of Federal Seed Certification & Registration Council were approved.

Recommendation regarding criteria for future:

  1. Only those varieties will be considered for RPA/PSP for which notification has been issued by Federal Seed Certification & Registration Council.
  2. The committee unanimously decided that the minutes of provincial seed council can be considered at present as valid proofs.
  3. The applicant should provide proofs of all the relevant steps including Distinctness, Uniformity & Stability (DUS), National Uniform Yield Trial (NUYT), Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC), Minutes of Provincial Seed Council and notification of Federal Seed Certification & Registration Council.

The term “Agricultural Research” should be used in future instead of crop variety to include animal breeds, agricultural production technology, natural resources, etc in addition to crop varieties.

List of Participants of Peer Review the “Applied Research Output”

S#

Name and Designation

1.

Mr. Ijaz Ahmed
GM, Engineering Development Board (EDB)
(On behalf of Dr.Tariq Chaudhry, CEO, EDB, Islamabad)

2.

Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali
Executive Director, HEC
Islamabad

3

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
Chairman, PSF
Islamabad

4.

Maj. Gen. (R) Prof. Muhammad Aslam
VC, University of Health Sciences
Lahore

5.

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani
Chairman
Pakistan Council for Science & Technology,
Islamabad

6.

Dr. Abdul Ghafoor,
PARC, (assisted Member PARC)

7.

Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain
Executive Director
Commercialization Cell, MoST
Islamabad

8.

Maj Gen (R) Farooq Ahmad Khan
Former Commandant AFIP/
President College of Pathologist, Islamabad
H.No. 234, St. 7A, Phase 1 Bahria Town, Islamabad

9.

Engr. Dr. Nasir M. Khan
Additional Registrar
PEC, Islamabad

10.

Dr. Ahmad Baksh Mahar
Member/ Incharge Plant Sciences Department
PARC, Islamabad

11.

Dr. Muhammad Arif Munir,
PHRC (On behalf of Dr. Huma Qureshi, ED, PHRC, Islamabad)

12.

Dr. Muhammad Arif Nadeem Saqib
PHRC (On behalf of Dr. Huma Qureshi, ED, PHRC, Islamabad)

13.

Dr. Najeeb u. Siddiqui
Director
Federal Seed Certification
Islamabad

14.

Mr. Ajmal Sharif
GM , Engineering Development Board (EDB)
(On behalf of Dr.Tariq Chaudhry, CEO, EDB, Islamabad)

REVISED CRITERIA FOR THE RPA SCHEME 2017-18:

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to Peer Review Criteria for the Research Productivity Award/ Productive Scientists of Pakistan

A national level committee meeting to review the criteria for the Research Productivity Award (RPA) and the directory of Productive Scientists of Pakistan (PSP) was held on 7th September, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the Committee Room of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), under the headship of Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani, Chairman PCST.

The meeting commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a round of introduction and welcome remarks by Chair.

Prof. Gilani gave a brief introduction of PCST to the house and made a presentation on the schemes of PSP and RPA highlighting the history, importance and existing criteria for both the schemes, explaining that revision of RPA/PSP schemes is a regular exercise based on the feedback received from the scientific community. Members were apprised that we received positive feedback on the existing criteria of PSP/RPA from the scientific community with growing ownership, reflective from the highest number of participants/ registrations i.e. more than 3000 in 2016-17 compared to 2257 in 2015-16. At the same time there were some useful suggestions from the scientific community including those members of the review committee, who could not attend. Following points were placed before the committee for discussion:

  1. 1. Comparative weight of Impact Factor and Citations: Currently, the major weightage (60%) is given to publications which includes impact factor of journals for respective papers (30 %) and citations (30%, which includes 15 % each for total citations and h-index). Based on the growing trend giving more importance to citations, Dr. N.M. Butt and Dr Qasim Jan (written suggestion, while he could not attend meeting being out of country) proposed increasing the weightage of citations and decreasing the weight of impact factor if not completely eliminating the impact factor. There were arguments both against and in favour of increasing the value for citations and reducing the weightage for impact factor. Dr. Arshad Ali, Dr. M. Aslam Baig, Dr. Tasawar Hayat and Dr. Muhammad Ashraf (through verbal communication with Chair, before going abroad for a meeting), voted in favour of gradual reduction in IF and increasing value of citation. Dr. Qasim Jan also conveyed his proposal to include credit for (a) “Highly Cited Authors”, (b) Highly cited papers and (c) per paper citations. After thorough discussion following decisions were made through consensus.
    DECISIONS:
    1a. Citations per article be added to the existing criteria and the weight of impact factor be reduced from 30 % to 20% .
    1b. The 10 % marks saved from impact factor be allocated to a new parameter i.e. citations per article.
    1c. The other components, such as total citations (15% for PSP and 30% for RPA) and h-index (15% for PSP only) remain unchanged.

  2. 2. Addressing Cross Discipline Variations: It was observed that there is large variation from subject to subject in impact factor and citations. Journals in some disciplines such as Medicine and Molecular Biology have higher impact factor and the articles receive more citations, while for some others, such as Agricultural, Earth and Engineering Sciences, the journals have relatively less impact factor. Some disciplines such as Chemistry have a high potential for developing patents while some others do not. Similarly, some subjects require extensive lab work and research funding to produce a paper, whereas some subjects like Mathematical Sciences do not; hence number of publications in some subjects may be exceptionally high and it is not fair to compare all subjects with the same yardstick. Hence, a strong case was made in favor of ranking the subjects within the discipline for RPA, like already done for the directory of PSP. While accepting the concern positively, a point was raised regarding the large variation in number of applications from subject to subject, which needs consideration for allocation of number of RPA winners for each subjects.
    Further, point was raised that it may not be justified using the benchmark based on the highest score of an individual scientist belonging to a specific discipline, and perhaps there is need to rationalize the benchmarks using the mean of the highest scores from each subject.
    DECISIONS
    2a. Like PSP, RPA also be categorized subject wise, and the number of awards in each subject will be proportionate to the number of applicants.
    2b. Benchmarks for different parameters will no longer be based on the highest score of an individual; rather the benchmarks will be rationalized using the mean of the highest scores in each subject. Scaling shall be applied in a way that everyone scoring higher than the mean benchmark shall be given 100% of that parameter.
    2c. Despite of some overlapping in the subjects, the change of subject from year to year is not encouraged, and any change, if at all, needs to be justified in a written application.

  3. Category of Innovation/Applied Research and Commercialized Patents: There were no eligible claims in the area of commercialized patent in the last cycle. While component of commercialization of research is already covered in applied research output/innovation. Knowing that it may take a few years to have the culture of patent commercialization, and that the revised structure for innovation/ applied research covering wider areas have a similar scope, this category of commercialized patents be abolished for the time being, as the commercialization of patented research is getting additional credit so it should be included in the category of innovation/applied research output. This allocation (5%) may be utilized by increasing the value of competitive external research grants to from existing 5% to 10%.
    DECISIONS
    3a. A separate category of "Patent Commercialized" be abolished for the time being, as its scope is already covered as a part of Innovation/Applied Research Output ,the total allocation (5% for PSP and 10% for RPA) to this category will remain unchanged.
    3b. The 5% weightage saved from commercialized patents will be added to the weightage of extramural, competitive research grants which will be increased from 5% to 10%.

  4. It was agreed that all the other decisions as taken in RPA/PSP review 2015 will remain effective including divisibility and scaling.

  5. Revised Scoring Scheme for RPA/PSP is given below:

    S#

    Parameters

    PSP

    RPA

    a.

    Cumulative Impact Factor

    20%

    20%

    b.

    Citations
    -Total citations
    -h-index
    -Citations per article


    15%
    15%
    10%


    30%
    NA
    10%

    c.

    Patents Granted

    05%

    10%

    d.

    Ph.D. Supervised

    05%

    05%

    e.

    Books Published / Edited

    05%

    05%

    f.

    External Research Grants

    10%

    10%

    g.

    Applied Research Output/Innovation

    10%

    10%

    h.

    Awards

    05%

    NA

List of Participants of List of Participants - RPA/PSP Review Committee Meeting – 2017
(Arranged Alphabetically)

S#

Name and Affiliationn

1.

Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali
Executive Director , Higher Education Commission, Islamabad

2.

*Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
Chairman , Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad

3

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Baig
Distinguished National Professor, National Center for Physics
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

4.

Prof. Dr. N.M. Butt
Professor & Chair, Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology
Preston University, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad

5.

*Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary
Director ICCBS , University of Karachi, Karachi

6.

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani
Chairman , Pakistan Council for Science & Technology, Islamabad

7.

Prof. Dr. Tasawar Hayat
Distinguished National Professor, Department of Mathematics
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

8.

*Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan
Advisor, COMSTECH / HEC Distinguished National Professor (Emeritus)
National Centre of Excellency in Geology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar

9.

Prof. Dr. Javeid Iqbal
Vice Chancellor,University of Balochistan, Quetta

10.

*Prof. Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Lehri
President, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, G-10/4, Islamabad

11.

Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi
Chairman , Pakistan Engineering Council, Islamabad
Engr Khadim Hussain Bhatti, Registrar attended meeting on behalf of Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi

12.

Syed Nawazish Ali Shah
JSA(P&C), Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad
Dr. S. Zaheer Hussain, Assistant Scientific Advisor (P&C) attended meeting on behalf of Syed Nawazish Ali Shah

13.

Dr. Yusuf Zafar
Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad
Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali , Member (Coordination & Monitoring) attended meeting on behalf of Dr. Yusuf Zafar

*Not attended the meeting

RPA STATISTICS:

RPA Year

Number of Scientists

Total Amount (Rs. Million)

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

2001-02

6

6

9

5

35

75

157

45.39

2002-03

4

12

14

24

52

108

183

-

2003-04

-

1

4

9

23

67

168

29.49

2004-05

-

1

2

13

26

44

146

26.28

2005-06

-

2

2

3

21

48

145

23.01

2006-07

-

-

3

3

17

50

155

21.75

2007-08

-

-

3

4

15

50

157

21.81

2008-09

-

1

1

5

10

47

184

21.308

2009-10

14

8

7

13

36

73

264

-

2010-11

26

16

8

12

38

103

299

32.231

2011-12

45

11

16

31

52

136

522

22.119

2012-13

47

10

21

36

66

196

637

22.073

Total

142 (2.92%)

68 (1.39%)

90 (1.85%)

158 (3.25%)

391 (8.04%)

997 (20.51%)

3017 (62.05%)

265.461


Category wise presentation of total eligible scientists in each RPA year

Number of total scientists applied for RPA V/s Number of eligible scientists.

 

Discipline wise total number of eligible scientists for RPA for the period 2001-2012

 

A study carried out by RE Section officials can be found by click here.

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