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Science Talent Farming – A step to produce prolific scientists

PAKISTANIS HAVE been ranked 4th most intelligent people across the world in a globally held survey. “Pakistanis are equal to people of developed and industrialized countries when it comes to intelligence,” quoted the survey held by the Institute of European Business Administration in 125 countries. The survey quantified various aspects of brilliance and intellectual work in the nations of surveyed countries. “Pakistanis outshine in field of intelligence despite dearth of required resources and opportunities,” the survey commented.
Pakistan is a developing country and youth in Pakistan makes up about 35 % of its total population. In the midst of crunching times, when the country is facing severe issues such as water and energy crises, terrorism, economic crisis, target killings and disunity, the burden to take the country out of the whirlpool is upon the institutions to properly guide the youth and channelize their intelligence/talent for development of the country because talent is like electricity, it can’t be preserved and is wasted if not put to a right use.
Various countries have adopted national talent schemes for capacity building and skill development of their students. India has started National Science Talent Search Scheme for identification of the talented students from 10th grade and awarding them with scholarships and arranging capacity building programs for their skill development. Since 1963, hundreds of thousands of students have benefitted from the scheme. Similarly, Indian Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search Scholarship is one among the most prestigious scholarships awarded in the field of Basic Sciences (hons), Engineering and Medicine. 
Singapore has initiated Science and Mathematics Talent Program to harness the talent of young students in science and mathematics. The program is supported by a group of teacher mentors and consultants from various institutions of higher learning and research.
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is another important program initiated by the United States and partners to measure 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years. PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries.
The most exciting program of this kind was initiated by Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak and his colleagues. They put forth the idea of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) “La main à la pate-LAMAP” for primary and lower-secondary schools in 1996. Based on ten principles of IBSE, the LAMAP approach is now part of the national system of education in France. In addition, the approach has been initiated in more than 45 countries by LAMAP Foundation with the support of Academy of Science, Paris.
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), a premier institution for promotion and popularization of science in the country, has launched various programs for young students to provide them opportunities for expressing their talent and innovative ideas. These programs include students’ participation in London International Young Scientists Forum, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Inter-/Intra-Board science exhibitions and project competitions etc. 
Realizing the importance of Purposeful Science Education, the present Government has launched “Science Talent Farming Scheme”, as part of “Pakistan Vision 2025” with an initial funding of Rs.1.3 billion. The scheme is envisioned to be implemented through the collaborative efforts of relevant existing institutions and science enthusiasts in the public and private sectors. Through synergies the scheme will benefit from several small scale programs already in place in different parts of the country that have a definite contribution but because of their limited capacity are not geared up to generate the desired large scale impact.
Pakistan Science Foundation, which always has been on the lookout for ways and means to nurture and use the talent, is playing a major role in this regard. After a number of meetings at various levels, a PC-I titled “Science Talent Farming Scheme for 1800 Young Students” amounting to Rs. 1.3 billion was prepared and submitted to the Planning Commission. The project has been approved in a CDWP meeting held on 9th June, 2015 under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal.
The various aspects of the project were appreciated by the honorable members of the CDWP. The Minister also desired to establish a scientific learning institute having boarding facilities in the limits of Federal Capital. The name of the institute was proposed as “National Science School”. The project envisages support to 1800 students selected through specialized tests for their grooming up to higher level. The project will sow a crop of young students having aptitude towards science, which will be a full lot of Productive Scientists after completion of their studies.
The project is focused on capacity building of the young students through additional interventions in their formal education and developing critical thinking instead of rote learning. A total of 1,800 students will be selected during the implementation period of the project by the 3rd Party Evaluation. Each year 300 science students passed from the Government high schools with 60% marks in general and 70% and above marks in Science subjects offered in matriculation examination will be selected for their college studies. These students will carry out their college studies along with the special interventions designed under the project. 
After completion of the FSc studies, out of the total 300 students only 150 students will be selected by the PSF for the BSc studies through specialized tests /activities on merit. Similarly after completion of the BSc studies, out of the 150 students only 75 will be selected by the PSF for MSc studies through specialized tests /activities on merit. Finally out of the 75 students, 40 potential students will move for the Ph.D studies both for domestic as well as foreign universities.
Monetary benefits (including tuition fee, hostel fee (if applicable), books/ notebooks and some personal allowance) will be provided to selected students.
The government is very keen to successfully launch this project and Pakistan Science Foundation under the guidance of Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, has taken it vigorously. The Foundation is very active to purchase land for establishing the National Science School within two years, while simultaneously the National Talent Farming Scheme will be carried on without wasting any further time in order to meeting the targets of socio-economic development through self-reliance in S&T.
The author is Chairman at Pakistan Science Foundation.

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  • asnan ashfaqCommented On 2016-05-06after a long time.........PSF has finally issued scholarships for selected students.........we will be glad to have it..........please arrange further more activities for us beside the Scholarship....THANKS...
  • rohat kumarCommented On 2015-12-28pts is a good field and I want to join it.
  • Muhammad Saad SaleemCommented On 2016-03-06A.o.A............ sir I wanna take some information that when selected candidates in PSF will achieve scholarship???????????????
  • Muhammad Saad SaleemCommented On 2016-03-06A.O.A sir I wanna get some information that when the selected candidates in PSF will receive their scholarship?????
  • Hafiz HamzaCommented On 2016-02-06A-o-A sir please informe me when we will get scholarship of PSF ????
  • usama bin saifCommented On 2016-02-02AoA SIR! i want to know when u r giving the scholarship of PSTFS????
  • iqraCommented On 2016-04-08sir scholarship kab ay ga? buhat time ho gaya hay
  • usamaCommented On 2016-03-29sir scholarship kam ay ga buht time ho gaya hay
  • M AliCommented On 2016-01-13Dear sir please inform me when we will get the scholarship of the PTFS ?
  • Farhan AmjadCommented On 2016-01-06A-o-A! Sir it is requested to you, that Please inform the selected candidates that When will the letters are send to us?
  • Arslan MalikCommented On 2015-07-30Hi sir I want to apear in this test kindly can you tell me about your criteria. How can i download Your Form
  • zaidCommented On 2015-08-10Sir.is this test only for students of government schools
  • Ateeb javedCommented On 2015-08-05A.o.A.....i want to take information about the test of science foundation.On which bases you will take test and what is the purpose...Please inform me on my e-mail address.....thanks
  • NimraCommented On 2015-08-05Assalam-o-alaikum! I passed my matriculation in 95%.but I have taken examination through SEMI GOVERNMENT SCHOOL (DPS SAHIWAL) so can I apply for the test?
  • Nimra SaleemCommented On 2015-08-05please answer me on this page my email account has got an error
  • MUZAFAR Commented On 2015-11-25Sir jalde karain time waste ho rha ha hmain jalde bulain
  • Raja sanwal Commented On 2015-10-23Sir, I want to that if I get this scholarship will I get the allowance per month or only first time. Thanks
  • Hamza iqbalCommented On 2015-09-29Hi sir, I want to know about result.........
  • AsifCommented On 2015-09-30A.o.a .sir is test ka result kb aye ga.please inform me on my email.
  • muqadaszahraCommented On 2015-09-30A.O.A!...when result of PSF will be declare kindly plz tell me....thanx
  • Faqeer PhatanCommented On 2015-10-01We are proud of you.
  • ahmD Commented On 2015-10-02NIMRA SALEEM DPS IS NOTT A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE.............
  • Sir i passed pts test after this test i am appeared in iq test after the result if i m selected for the scholarship then i want to become engineer r there is a chance to study of engineering there. FaisalCommented On 2015-10-13Can there is a chance to study the engineering there. For selected candidates
  • FaisalCommented On 2015-10-15Sir result kab aa raha hai iq test ka
  • usman zahoor anjumCommented On 2015-09-12when will be test date declared .please...
  • Nimra SaleemCommented On 2015-09-12A.o.A please inform me about the date sheet of written test conduction for SCIENCE TALENT FARMING TEST inform me on my e-mail address ..thanks.
  • saddam hussainCommented On 2015-09-13respected sir, as psf will offer admissions this year and what is the procedure. plz snd me the require info via my mail. thanks
  • asnan ashfaqCommented On 2015-09-22sir i took the test and i m waiting for the test. when you people will upload the test . please inform us and what are the passing marks
  • Shakir HussainCommented On 2015-08-10A.o.A ..... Sir i want to apply but not found application from. How can download application from and what is the last date for apply.
  • zeeshanCommented On 2015-08-14Sir! These days I am free so I want to apply for science talent farming scheme. Hope I`ll see you soon in classes but firstly I will give my best to pass the test.
  • Muhammad Faheem AminCommented On 2015-08-20The test will be conducted on what syllabus??? I have submitte the fee and now I am waiting for test date.
  • AnasCommented On 2015-08-24Please answer me. Can a private school child have right to apply for this scholarship.Thanks.
  • Mirza Akbar AliCommented On 2015-08-26Sir i want take information about date and timing of test ? How can i receive my roll no slip?
  • syed sultan karimCommented On 2015-08-29sir would u like to tell us that when the test is going to held??????????
  • Al-Hassan Bin SaharCommented On 2015-08-31 Sir, know i took admission in Govt. College Hafizabad. After Selection can i move from Hafizabad to another college/university as per criteria.
  • MazyCommented On 2015-08-07A.o.A.....i want to take information about the test of science foundation.On which bases you will take test and what is the purpose...Please inform me on my e-mail address.....thank

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