All stakeholders on same page to make Pakistan science conscious

Staff report ISLAMABAD: Scientists, experts and stakeholders at a consultative workshop have agreed to take forward the mission of popularization as well as creation of awareness of science and technology across the country with full potential by enhancing collaboration with those organizations working in this field on volunteer basis.

The consultative workshop on a theme “Making Pakistan Science Conscious” was recently held on the premises of Pakistan Academy of Sciences with an aim to promote science and technology in the country mainly on volunteer basis with the support of stakeholders and science lovers. The event was chaired by President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences Dr Anwar Nasim.

Besides others, the event was attended by HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, President ECO Science Foundation Dr. Manzoor H Soomro, Rector of International Islamic University Islamabad Dr. Prof. Masoom Yasinzai, Dr. Qasim, scientists, PhD students of science subjects, representatives of all stakeholders, academia, government organizations, general public and media persons.

In his welcome address, President of the Academy Dr Anwar Nasim informed the audience about the history and functions of the academy. He said that the idea of establishing Pakistan Academy of Sciences was mooted in November 1947 at the 1st National Educational Conference held at Karachi.

While, it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khwaja Nazimuddin, on 16th February 1953, during 5th Pakistan Science Conference at Lahore.

He said that the PAS could provide a forum for the advancement of scientific research, popularization of science, motivation of scientists and technologists, as well as encourages and promotes studies in new areas of SandT.

Newly elected Secretary General of PAS, Dr Zabta K Shinwari, stressed that any progressive country, which aspires to occupy a betting place in the comity of nations, encourages the establishment of a supreme scientific organization, usually designated as the “Academy of Sciences” devoted to the promotion of science and its applications for the general welfare of humanity. He said a comprehensive plan has been prepared to engage all stakeholders especially youth for the promotion of science and technology.

During the discussion, a proposal was launched to promote as well as encourage science and technology subject at school level as this would be an effective way to provide a strong base for this subject.

Endorsing this proposal, President ECOSF Dr. Soomro explained that that in his capacity as Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation he already had launched an initiative to engage schools in different activities regarding science and technology popularization. He also said that under this programme, the PSF had organized speech contests, posters competitions and exhibitions in various cities.

Besides, the Science Caravan had remained a successful experience of PSF as the team of scientists travelled various cities of the country and organized science activities to create public awareness about science and technology.

Sayyed Paras Ali, Editor Technology Times, noted with concern that scientists remain shy of writing articles or research documents for print media, which is the main factor that general public do not have understanding about our advancements in science and technology.

He also suggested that there is a dire need to bridge the gap between scientists community and media persons saying it would help a lot in the latters capacity building and understanding of this relevant sector.

Another participant of the event, Dr. Bushra, said that no doubt that there is a need for science and technology awareness, but we should first create interest of targeted section of the society in this field.

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