STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistans Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) Chairman, Major General (retd) Ahmed Bilal believes that if interest in the space sciences is not developed at the school level, then the countrys space programme will face lack of human resource in future. Thus, space sciences should be introduced in the curriculum to produce quality minds to run Pakistans space programme.

According to him, with the promotion of space sciences, Pakistan will be able to apply technology in geology, agriculture, topography, hydrology, and other such advance sciences. In order to increase students interest in space sciences, SUPARCO has started a project called Student Satellite and it will be launched in the near future, he revealed.

“Lack of funds does not let space sciences develop in Pakistan,” he remarked saying although he believes that Pakistan started out positively and achieved considerable success within a short time period. SUPARCO takes its inspiration from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the U.S. when it comes to looking ahead.

He also assured that as far as defence satellite technology and military satellite are concerned Pakistan is very much secured in the position.

“There must be an independent and strong space vision of Pakistans own keeping both scientific and strategic importance of space technology in todays world of fast communication,” he concluded.

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