health-implications-of_optSTAFF REPORT IBD: Ministry of Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Tarar has said that by 2015, nanotechnology will have a market share of $3 billion. Following an initial investment for developing science and technology in the country, a resource constraint has set in and finances are being diverted to other projects.

He said this while addressing a recently held one-day on “Nanotechnology and Stakeholders in Pakistan” in Islamabad to emphasize the importance of developing nanotechnology manpower in the country. The seminar was organised by Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

The security said the government had spent a meagre 0.6 per cent of the GDP on the development of science and technology, and he hoped that the ministry would be able to increase this share to two percent by 2020.

Tarar said that a Science and Technology Innovation Policy has been approved by the government. A task force had been formed to follow up on recommendations contained in this policy. The secretary requested the PINSAT to help revive the National Commission on Nano-science and Technology.

Preston University Chancellor Dr Abdul Basit highlighted the universitys achievements and said that Preston was the first ever private university of Pakistan and had campuses all over the country.

PINSAT Chairman Dr NM Butt highlighted the importance of nanotechnology. He also stressed the need for the revival of the National Commission on Nano-science and Technology.

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