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Engineering Post Report

Federal Ministry of Science and Technology  was allocated Rs 4458 million under the Public Sector Development Programme (PDSP) 2020-21 for continuing implementation and execution in a phased manner of 25 ongoing projects  and another 7 projects  which had been recommended by the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science & Technology.

Against this allocation, Rs 340.678 million were released and reported to have been fully utilized. Out of the projects, mentioned above, as many as 08 projects  should have been completed or attained near completion status by June 2021.

 During 2020-21, the major initiatives  in Science and Technology sector included capacity building  and Resource Development (HRD)  and up-gradation of  overall Research and Development (R& D) infrastructure of laboratories/ facilities.

Establishment of Precision Systems Training Centre and OCSIR Laboratories at Gwadar , Balochistan,  were underway. Up-gradation of  Polymers and Plastics Laboratory  at PCSIR Laboratories  Complex,Lahore have also been purchased.

Industry focused Research and Development (R& D) was the major focus  at Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) with a network of 17 research laboratories/units including 06 training institutes located all over the country.

In accordance with the directions of the Federal Cabinet,  PCSIR has  prepared and submitted  a proposal  for use of poppy for  medicinal  purposes..

Ministry of Science and  Technology  has also forwarded a list of 14 chemicals to PCSIR  with directions to see possibility of producing  these chemicals locally to save huge import cost. Trade-related interventions are also being undertaken through  Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and  National Physical and Standards Laboratory (NPSL).

PNAC, according to information available from the official quarters concerned,  has granted accreditation  to many  laboratories and agencies.

In  the Nano Technology sector, a project called Establishment for Industrial Production of Nanomaterials  in Latif Ebrahim Jamal Nanotechnology Centre  was being undertaken and a building of Nano-technology  Centre was fully functional.