Science and Technology Performance


Engineering Post Report

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is globally recognized  as one of the main drivers  of economic growth and societal well-being. Investment in the research and development (R & D) for development of new products may not always be successful  and cannot just  be done by the public sector.

However, a developing country like Pakistan needs to have an STI policy  and  plan  that will  describe  careful investment  in the field of STI  for maximum benefits.

In this context, the annual plan drawn by the official quarters concerned of the Federal  Government  envisages enhancing collaboration  among R & D organizations, academia and industry; reorganization of  R & D  organizations with  new KPIs, up gradation of existing  laboratories infrastructure,  acquisition of expertise  in new technologies and realizing  collaboration  among defense and  civil R7D  organizations with  the private sector.

Following are some of the key highlights of the progress made and measures taken by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology  and its R & D organization  during last financial year  2018-19 prior to what is aimed and targeted to be achieved during current financial year  2019-20..

Under Certification Incentive Programme for providing partial support as well as training to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a total of 259 applications were received  and  242 applicant firms  were approved for award of the Incentive Grant. Out of these, 194 firms had already received the Incentive Grant till now.

For Capacity Building and Human Resources Development (HRD) in Science and Technology Sector, Science Talent  Farming Scheme  (STFS) is under implementation  for grooming the selected youth  and supporting them  from school to college level  by progressively  exposing them to advanced  topics in science with  application of inquiry  based approach  to learning . Under the scheme selection of 3 batches of  total 900 students had been completed and selection of 4th batch had recently been completed after its start in January 2019.

Under STFS scheme, Pakistan Science Foundation  has paid monetary  benefits to  600 students. 650 Laptops have also been distributed  among 1st  and 2nd  second  batch whereas  another 300 Laptops are in the pipeline  for 3rd batch students.

National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management at Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources has been recently completed. This Institute has been set up  to train the  qualified manpower in water sector and to also  train in-service  water supply professionals  such as managers,  engineers, scientists,  field staff and Water Quality Management.

Establishment of Gems and mineral Cutting and Polishing Centre at Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR)  Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan initiated last year was in full swing during 2018-19  and making steady progress. Similarly,  an initiative was also launched  for up-gradation  of Fruit Processing Analytical  Laboratory and Preservation Centre of fruits and vegetables of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Under the project “ Establishment of Precision  Systems Training Centre and PCSIR Laboratories at Gwadar”, provision of technical know-how will also play  a vital role  in the economic development by providing  testing facilities  to the local industries in food safety and security,  building materials,  minerals, water  testing , fisheries and chemicals.

PCSIR  with its  network of 17 research laboratories/ units  is also supporting the industrial sector of Pakistan in these areas. PCSIR is promoting laboratory  scale development  to pilot scale  level in areas of Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals,  Food,  Herbal,  Minerals, Cosmetics etc.

A  project of Survey of Pakistan about “ Establishment of New Generation Geodetic Datum of Pakistan” and another project of  SUPARCO  for establishment of Space Applications Research  Centre (SPARC-GB)  at Gilgit-Baltistan  were other important projects outside the Ministry of Science and Technology.