Advancement of science and technology are the key drivers in the acceleration of development in a society which directly alter the living standards of the people, and the way they connect and communicate with each other.
Technological improvements provide a root to the advancement of economic development, health system and infrastructure. The development of science and technology in developing countries plays a crucial role in the reform of poverty level and technological advancement can be considered as an engine of growth.
Technology is a better weapon to tackle the poverty level with and enhance the economic growth of a developing country. Countries like South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia were considered as countries with poor policies and low discipline with no advancement, but today they have created ripples across the globe in the field of research and exploration.
Where does Pakistan stand in the field of research and exploration?
We need to look at our policies and where we are heading in the fields of science and technology.Our curriculum and ways of teaching focus upon the reproduction of bookish knowledge without its resonance to the utilization need of the country.
Books written by international authors can give advanced knowledge and understanding but cannot explain the needs of a country, and an individuals own frame of reference within the norms and mores of society and cultural needs. Presenting the subject fundamentals without stimulation has no fruitful consequences.
Focusing upon quantity of publication without looking at its quality is also a problem in the analysis of research skills of a person. At least one quality paper should be kept mandatory for every faculty member in order to keep him or her in touch with research and new ongoing projects in every field.
The updated and quality research demands us to invite scientists and scholars, and arrange conferences,seminars and workshops on important topics. Developed countries keep special funds for the training of their academia. All these activities require significant funding and resources, and government should provide some of these resources.
Mainly, Pakistan’s areas of research in science and technology revolve around nuclear weapons, ballistic technology, anti-aircraft guns and other defence related scientific knowledge.
It is now the demand of the time to minimize the martial approach towards the use of science and technology, and put most of the efforts in the socio-economic development and promotion of peace.
It is the need of the time to equip our youth with the latest facilities for their research and to motivate our youth towards science and technology, as they are the future of the nation and they are the ones who can lead the nation. The exposure of students to ongoing problems of society can attract some of them towards a search to find a solution of the problems. As the wise saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This article is contributed by Mirza Abdul Aleem Mughal