STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Science Foundation has so far funded 1,031 research projects in various fields of science and technology that have resulted in publication of 612 research papers in the national and international journals.

“Around 169 research scholars have acquired MPhil degrees while 115 have done their PhDs,” PSF Spokesperson Rehana Batool told the media. She said the promotion of scientific research and related activities is the major objective of PSF. “We provide funding for research projects in the areas of agricultural sciences, biological sciences, biotechnology and genetic engineering, chemical sciences, computer technology, mathematical sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, earth sciences, medical sciences and physics.”

The PSF provides grants to universities and other research and development (RandD) organizations for projects undertaken by individuals or groups of scientists. The Foundation has developed requisite infrastructure for carrying out its research support activity, she added.

“Research projects funded by the foundation produce trained manpower in the form of MPhil and PhD graduates.” Besides, PSF is also granting awards and prizes to individuals engaged in developing processes, products, invention and innovations in order to provide incentive for valuable scientific Research.

Dr. Z.A. Hashmi Gold Medal has been instituted in the memory of PSF founding chairman to acknowledge his efforts and services for the development of science and technology in the country.

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