• Science Communication: enhancing Public Understanding

    SIDRA SAIF IBD: A two days’ workshop titled “COMSTECH-Technology Times International Workshop on Science Communication: Enhancing Public Understanding” was held here at COMSTECH Headquarters, to train human resources in the field of Science Communication to popularize science in the society.  The Chief Guest Fazal Abbas Mekan, Federal Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology said, “science communication is the key to the real treasure of the scientific knowledge, by virtue of which scientific knowledge and concepts could be carried to the public. Thus, the public is benefited with the new advancements in science and technology and is able to fight against …Read More

  • Convocation of PNEC held at Bahria Uni

    C2 BU: The 28th Convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) was held at Bahria Auditorium. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology was the Chief Guest at the occasion.  361 graduates were awarded degrees at the convocation out of which 80 received Masters Degrees whereas 281 received degrees in the discipline of Bachelors of Engineering and Management Information Systems. To acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in their respective disciplines, 39 medals were also awarded to the position holders which included 20 President Gold Medals, 06 Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medals, 07 Chancellors’ Silver Medals and 06…Read More

  • Outdated computer science syllabus being taught

    FBISE: Students at schools and colleges affiliated with Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) are being taught an outdated syllabus for computer science. The classes of 9, 10 and 11 are being taught from books based on the 2002 curriculum. “Many new developments have taken place in information technology since then,” said the teacher of a school in Islamabad. State Minister for Federal Education Balighur Rehman directed the FBISE to change the old curriculum when the matter was brought to his notice. Following complains about old syllabus, the minister called a meeting of FBISE officials and directed …Read More

  • Agreement to provide 3G services to remote areas of Balochistan signed

    MoITT: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said that government was determined to promote digitalization all across the country for increasing outreach and access to financial services to people for sustainable development. The Finance Minister was speaking at the signing ceremony between Universal Service Fund (USF) and Ministry of Information Technology for laying optic fibre at Awaran and Lasbela the contract of which has been by Universal Service Fund to Pak Telecom Mobile Limited worth Rs 2.3 billion. He said the government was working for technical and financial inclusion to provide better services to the people all across the country.…Read More

  • 11 year old tech prodigy wows professors at ITU

    Lahore: Mohammad Raza is not your average 11 year old boy. While his peers go to school, play cricket and scrape the occasional knee, Raza sits in front of a computer and codes. He builds software that can help catch most wanted criminals and create language predictors that no one in the market has been able to develop yet. Yes, he does go to school, but instead of English, Mathematics and Geography, Raza sits in on undergraduate and masters level courses at Lahore’s Information Technology University (ITU) and scores significantly higher than his classmates. Raza was introduced to programming by a friend of his father’s who downloaded the …Read More

  • Role of ICT in achieving SDGs

    IN FEBRUARY 2016, Pakistan’s parliament did what it had never done before. It became one of the world’s first parliaments to formally adopt United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the nation’s development agenda. Seventeen SDGs had recently been formulated by the UN, to be achieved within one generation (till 2030). Similar goals were agreed to by all the UN member states in 2000 too. They were then called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But our performance in achieving MDGs is not anything to write home about. To facilitate achievement of SDGs the cross-cutting Information Communication Technology (ICT) plays an extremely vital…Read More

  • Drone Technology: a climate smart invention in agriculture

    THE CONCEPT of drones is nearly a century old. It is also known as UAVs or unnamed aerial vehicles. The history of drones started as early as World War 1, but they weren’t developed in nearest until the 1970s, when western militaries started to look for new ways to keep save their human pilots from harm. Now the drone technology is transforming to other industries as well. This technology commercially uses since 1980s. However, practical applications of drones are expanding faster than ever in a variety of industries. Three years ago common people had no idea about these flying machines. Now, it does have become one of the world’s most publicized and fas…Read More

  • Pakistani-American win NATO’s SA award

    MONITORING: Pakistani-American doctor Habib Chotani has won the Scientific Achievement Award (SAA) 2016 from the NATO Science and Technology Organization for his performance in research on medical countermeasures against biological agents. He is a recognised expert in the identification, surveillance and diagnosis of human and zoonotic infectious diseases. His success in the academic field includes establishing & directing the Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) at John Hopkins University.  Dr Chotani has worked in the healthcare industry, government and academia, advanced development of vaccines, therapeutic and dia…Read More

  • Pak-US S&T cooperation offer researchers funding up to $500,000

    HEC: Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program is currently accepting applications for a three year of collaborative research grants. Through this grant, research students can receive funding of up to $500,000. The project is managed by the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. and by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. It is designed to increase cooperation between Pakistani scientists and institutions with their counterparts in the United States. The program originally began in 2003 when the Governments of Pakistan and the United States signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement to established a framewo…Read More

  • Working group of scientists for promotion of S&T to be formed: Ahsan

    HEC: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal emphasized upon forming of a working group consisting of top scientists to advise government to foster development of science and technology in the country. The minister expressed these views while addressing Round Table Conference (RTC) on ‘Promoting Scientific Education and Research in Pakistan’. The RTC was also attended by Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, scientists, academia and officials. The conference aims to promote science and technology research which includes improving education and research system to increase country’s competence. Ahsan…Read More