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Prime Minister Approves National Science, Technology and Inn
javedisaacDate: Friday, 12.02.2011, 9:07 PM | Message # 1
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Recently, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani gave approval to National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for 2011. The policy will serve in the country’s socio-economic development. According to the policy, at least 1% of the GDP by 2015 and 2% of the GDP by 2020 should be reserved for development of scientific and technological research in Pakistan.

The focus is on environmental sciences, bio-technology, energy, water, mineral, ocean sciences, engineering fields and other areas that will assist in economic growth for the nation. Even though that only one percent is to be allocated for scientific development, it is still a pleasant news considering that such a policy has come forward after a gap of 16 years. This means that Pakistani scientists living in the country have to catch up on all those years remaining within the facilities they have been provided with. It is to expand on this very thing that they would have to put their efforts.

The Institute of Information Technology at Chak Shahzad, Islamabad is one of the leading institutes in the country built at the cost of the Federal Government’s Rs.1.2 billion, where almost 5000 students are studying different subjects related to science and technology. The Prime Minister has simply asked that this initiative should be supported completely by proper funding to sustain its growth. The PM directed the Ministry of Science and Technology to the Ministry of Information Technology for the necessary funds required to do the needful.


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