A technology Park is being established in Lahore and within six months four to five technology parks will be established in Pakistan, said Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati on Tuesday (November 13).
He was addressing the inaugural session of World Science Day celebrations at Pakistan Science Foundation as the Chief Guest.
UNESCO Pakistan Director Ms. Vibeke Jenson was the Guest of Honour on this occasion. Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan, President Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, Major (Retd) Qaiser Majeed Malik were also present.
Heads of S&T organizations, eminent scientists, teachers and a large number of students attended the celebration. Speaking on this occasion the Federal Minister for S&T said that science and technology is in the minds of our young students and our leadership is committed to invest on human resource development.
Overseas Pakistanis will support our government in science and technology development in Pakistan, he added. The minister said that without S&T and without peace no country can make progress.
The federal minister expressed resolve to achieve S&T targets within six months by reviving S&T organizations. He said S&T development will make Pakistan tall among comity of nations.
The theme for 2018 “Science a Human Right” throws light on the importance of reaching the benefits of science to every human being globally and improving the access to science and benefits of science for sustainable development in all the countries of the world.
The minister also announced to celebrate Science Week all over Pakistan. PSF Chairman Maj. (Retd) Dr. Qaiser Majeed Malik in his address highlighted the Foundation’s research and science popularization programmes.
The World Science Day is celebrated all over the World on November 10 every year to create awareness on importance of science and its use for peace and development. Theme of the World Science Day 2018 was “Science a Human Right”.
The purpose of celebrating the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the reasonable use of science for the benefit of society as postulated by the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999.
Since 2002, PSF in collaboration with other organizations is organizing various activities for students and scientists to commemorate the day like Convention of Scientists, Science Caravan Exhibitions, Prize Distribution to the winners of PSF Annual Inter Board Science Essay and Poster and quiz Competitions etc.
Dr. Qaiser Majeed Malik said that the Conference in its 31st session (2001) proclaimed November 10 each year as “World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD)”. Initially the proposal was floated by Eminent Pakistani Scientist Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad.
UNESCO Pakistan Director Vibeke Jenson, Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan, President Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation also spoke on this occasion and highlighted the importance of science for national development and promoting peace for benefit of mankind.
UNESCO Pakistan Director Vibeke Jenson addressing the inaugural session of World Science Day celebrations at Pakistan Science Foundation as the Chief Guest.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati awards certificates winning students of S&T competitions at the inaugural session of World Science Day celebrations at Pakistan Science Foundation.