HYDERABAD: Speakers at a workshop have said that Pakistan is not short of potential for progress in science and technology, but it lags behind in socio-economic development sectors only because it fails to commercialise its scientific applications and achievements.

They said that media could help reduce gap between the academia and industry by making conscious efforts towards creating awareness about science and related developments.

They were speaking at the concluding ceremony of a an awareness and training workshop on the “National Digital Archive of Research Published in Pakistani Journals”, which was aimed at providing a single electronic platform to the journals’ publisher community for the preservation and dissemination of the research published in the indigenous research journals.

Sindh University’s vice chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro said the workshop concluded with the guidelines on how to promote science through print and electronic media.

“Technology needs a complete structure for its transfer from laboratory to industry and finally to end users,” he said and added that Pakistani technologists and researchers should be given market access and an environment leading to their cooperation with public or private sector organisations.

National Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (NCEAC) Director Prof Dr Syed Tufail Hussain Shah emphasised on media and science relationship and noted there had been a vacuum between the two sectors.

The Pakistan Scientific & Technological Information Centre’s director general (DG) Prof Dr Akram Shaikh shed light on services of the centre and said the current gap between the developed and developing countries was likely to widen as the former were mastering tools of science and inventions.

Published in Dawn, June 15th, 2024

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