MONITORING REPORT RIYADH: Higher education, science and technology are imperatives for the socioeconomic development, is the key message of the annual technical seminar organized by the Institute of Engineers Pakistan, Saudi Arabian Center recently Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Keynote speaker Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, the first scientist from the Muslim world, to have won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize and the recipient of highest national civil award in Pakistan, said in his lecture titled “Higher Education, Science and Technology – Imperatives for the Socioeconomic Development” that nowadays socioeconomic development of any country is no longer dependent on natural resources of the country, rather knowledge is the main driving force of world largest economies.

He emphasized a country should have simultaneous bi-modal approach taking care for basic needs (health, primary education, water, etc.) and top-down knowledge based economy with emphasis on higher education linked with industry.

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman has made tremendous efforts for the progress and development of science and technology and higher education during his tenure with Pakistan government from 2000 to 2008.

The seminar was also attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia Naeem Khan and the board member of Saudi Engineering Council Dr Ibrahim Al Hammad.

Chairman of IEP-SAC Engr. Jaleel Hassan thanked the sponsors and the guests for making the event successful.

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