Key Interventions and Programmes by the Ministry of Science and Technology

Engineering Post Report

A number of key interventions and programmes have been chalked out by the Ministry of Science and Technology for implementation during financial year 2020-21 and some of these are reportedly making steady progress.

In line with the federal government’s manifesto  regarding strengthening of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), awareness among  SMEs for adoption of certification  systems  to help for improving  their performance and productivity is being continued during current financial year under the Certification Incentive Programme. Under the scheme, more awareness seminars in association with the local Chambers of Commerce  and Industry  will be arranged  throughout the country, as and when required in order to maximize the receiving number of applications by SMEs for grant of incentive Award.

Efforts to improved land  and water conservation  practices are also being continued  for enhancing waste land productivity in areas like Thal Desert and control of water logging in low lying areas  of Sindh. New initiatives  for conservation of Karezes  for  sustainable groundwater management in Balochistan is also planned to be implemented on pilot scale.

Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR)  is executing for Research and Development (R&D) projects and nine regular/collaborative research studies.

Science Talent  Farming  Scheme (STFS) is in full swing during current financial year throughout the country.  More students batches are being  selected for award of scholarships  under the scheme.

Through a competitive research programme, research grants are proposed to be  provided  for addressing the mega national  issues and promoting  world class research in the country.

High-tech, low cost  and sustainable  energy solutions  with renewable resources  are being promoted by Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET). Moreover, A testing facility is also planned  to be established for Solar and Allied Equipment with collaboration of Korea in order to ensure  quality standards in renewable  energy products available in the market.

At Gwadar, Precision Mechanics and Technology Institute will be completed to develop quality manpower in precision mechanics and instrumentation technology through introducing  new training programmes  at the said Institute. 

Pakistan  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) is looking to train technical  manpower for operation, maintenance and repairing of   sophisticated scientific  instruments and strengthening of Triple Helix model of Innovation which refers to a set of  interaction between research , academics and industry  and to facilitate  the transfer of knowledge  and technology from universities  and public research  centres to the business sector, technology parks may be established. The parks may contribute , through  technology and innovation, to increase  business competitiveness and development in Pakistan.

Facility for production of indigenous stent manufacturing  system will be completed at Medical Devices Development Centre at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Islamabad. Non-Clinical Testing of medical devices as per relevant  standards to assess the safety and performance and also Certified Testing Facility for medical  devices and assistance to Drug Regulatory Authority (DRAP) for improvement in regulation of the medical devices in the country and employment generation  in the country and improvement of the patient safety are also in the agenda.

 Universities under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) i.e. COMSATS University Islamabad , NUST will undertake various projects  to enhance their capability and strengthen  the infrastructure.

Provision of essential infrastructure for the newly chartered National University of Technology (NUTECH) is also planned in the next year.  This newly chartered university under MoST , envisions revolutionizing Technological Education Sector  by introducing higher education  in the technology streams.

And, some projects suggested by the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and  Technology for strengthening  and creating new opportunities are also listed in the  Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2020-21.