ISLAMABAD, Nov 23: After a delay of three decades, the Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday launched its first national policy.

A ceremony marked the launching of the ‘National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2012’. The event was organised by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology at a local hotel.

The idea for a national policy first came up in 1960 when the National Science Commission of Pakistan was constituted to consider how best scientific research could be promoted.

In 1975, preparation of the first national S&T policy was initiated. However, it took another decade for the final approval to develop the policy in 1984.

“Now about three decades later, the policy is being launched,” said Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali.Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar said: “The new policy envisages a paradigm shift, in which innovation is recognised as an integral part of the S&T system.”

He highlighted the aims and objectives of the policy under the broader areas of socio-economic development, human resource development, R&D infrastructure and promotion of science and technology.

The Pakistan Commission for Science and Technology has been entrusted with the implementation of the policy, he added.

Chairperson PCST Prof Mudassir Asrar said they would take all the stakeholders on board in the implementation of the policy.

The highlights of the police include ST&I planning and management structure that has not been functioning in an optimal manner.

The policy emphasises development of quality human resource, training and education.

More From This Section

Senate in disbelief over Kashmir Highway ‘deadline’

ISLAMABAD: It is often said that the people are wary of politicians’ promises. But on Thursday, the Senate...

Bombers’ trail leads to arrests from guava farm in south Punjab

Officials said they are comparing the bombers’ modus operandi with that of TTP and UBA in Islamabad Sabzi Mandi blast.

Experts stress women’s role in poverty alleviation

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference here on Thursday stressed the role of women in alleviating poverty in the...

Google Maps to be used for joint patrolling by police

Police will use Google Maps to define the patrolling points and as well as the beats and pickets in the cities.

Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page