STAFF REPORTIBD: Though the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made enormous efforts to promote research work, yetPakistan ranked 43rd in the world in terms of published scientific papers in the year 2010.

According to the worldwide scientific journal ranking (SJR);Pakistanpublished 6,987 research documents in 2010. However, the same yearUSwas on top with 502,804 papers followed byChinawith 320,800 andUnited Kingdomwith 139,683 research documents. On the other hand,Indiaranked ninth worldwide.

Among the Islamic countries,Pakistantrailed behindTurkeyandIranwhich published 30,594 and 27,510 research documents, respectively, the journal reveals.

“In 2007Pakistanranked 45th with 3,750 publications, in 2003 it was ranked 50th with 1,539 research papers and in 2000 54th with 1,174 papers.

In 1996, the country was on 52nd position with 893 research papers,” said an official of the HEC while requesting anonymity.

The official claimed that in the West, population was decreasing and the new generation was more interested in the subjects of art and humanities rather than science, mathematics and research work.

Due to this, the official added, the demand for specialised persons would increase in the West.

Pakistancan meet the requirement of these nations by producing specialised persons and earn huge foreign exchange.

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