Need to save quality education, research


THE NEWLY installed government in Pakistan has suggested a set of measures particularly withdrawal of 75 per cent rebate already being offered to academicians and researchers, which would certainly putt the future of quality education at stake. During the last couple of years, the authorities continuous negative approach towards higher and quality education has established the fact that this important sector has failed to find itself amongst the less important priorities of the decision

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Energy crisis and the new govt!


AS THE newly elected democratic regime has now settled down in the federal capital with its heavy as well as attractive manifesto ensuring solution to the multiple crisis especially in energy sector, but the situation with reference to the power outages seems to be a distant dream. Uptill the last day of canvassing of the last month’s general elections, almost every major political force had been claiming to resolve the power crisis within different timeframes. Now as the elections are over

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Overcoming the water crisis

ACCORDING TO a recently report, a sit-in by farmers for water disrupted the main line rail traffic between Karachi and Lahore. The farmers were protesting against the shortage of water in Badin district which is creating drought-like conditions in the region, forcing farmers’ families to migrate from the area.The Tarbela Dam was commissioned in 1975, about 38 years ago, increasing canal supplies by 25 per cent. Total withdrawal in canals went up from 83 million acre feet to 103 maf. Of the 20

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Using modern technology


DEVELOPMENT OF various technical gadgets like cellphones, laptops, iphones, ipads, palm tops and desktops have made life easier, comfortable and convenient, especially for the youth across the world.
These developments have penetrated so deeply in our life that now we may not be able to dream even for a day without using these gadgets. Yes, these wonderful instruments have brought in so much of comforts for us as most of our aspirations, jobs and needs are fulfilled by them in a fraction of

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Fighting the climate change

ENVIRONMENT DEGRADATION has gained a phenomenal importance across the world, especially for making the third world countries including Pakistan feel concerned about this critical issue, which is potentially impacting the agriculture and economy. Pakistani climate change advocates say they fear for the future as there is not enough money to pay for the country’s $13 billion to $32 billion in annual climate change needs. Moreover, many question whether a state grappling with extremism and

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Higher education and new government!

AS THE new political government is set to take charge of the federal government for the next five years, it has rekindled the hopes that the higher education would get back on the right track once again in Pakistan after the five disastrous’ years, marred by tension between legislators and Higher Education Commission (HEC). It is heartening to know that the PML-N has placed in its election manifesto the higher education among the top priorities like energy crisis and economic revival with a

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Energy shortfall: painful consequences


THE CHRONIC problem of energy shortfall is resulting in prolonged power loadshedding and subsequent multiple problems. There is talk of using coal and wind energy as also import of power from India in addition to restarting work on Nandipur/Chichoki projects.
What is not being referred to is the need of spurt in hydel projects like the Kalabagh Dam that would solve the endemic problems of power and water shortage as also mitigate flood damage below the Tarbela Dam.
Even though the Lahore

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Reprioritising the energy sector


THE PERFORMANCE of fertilizer sector in Pakistan may remain dull in coming months as official authorities consider that diversion of gas from fertilizer plants to power sector is the only solution for the new government to reduce power loadshedding on an urgent basis. The gas curtailment to fertilizer plants like Engro and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL) may not get further aggravated as these plants are already getting gas far below the approved quota. According to the agreed

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Unabated killing of innovations


A RECENT United Nations study has revealed that Pakistan has 162 researchers for a million people as compared to 135 in India. This, of course, is an encouraging point on the part of Pakistan, however, when it comes to taking research to a logical and innovative end through patent registration, Pakistan is not even close to its neigbouring state as the latter has five patents for a million people, five times more than the Pakistanis. This wide gap can be linked to various factors particularly

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Capitalising on ICT market


ACCORDING TO the Global Information Technology Report, recently released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Pakistan’s ranking in ICT has declined to 105th from its 102nd registered in 2012. And there are strong indications that it may further go down in the wake of persistent absence of any foreign direct investments and approach to effectively tap the ICT potential into a job market. This pathetic positioning in the world ICT markets is enough to foster doubts about more negative impacts

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Political approach and S and T sector


THE ELECTION fever has started gripping the whole Pakistani nation with the general elections getting near. Political forces of the country, particularly, are flexing their muscles and have planned to attract or convince the voters by applying various strategies to ballot their votes in their favour. At this stage, almost all political parties have finalized their manifestoes and shared with the public announcing their list of priorities to run their future government if voted to power.

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Significance of ICTs in better farming


ACCORDING TO a report, in Pakistan each day approximately 500 acres of farmland out of total 80 million hectares cultivable lands are taken out of agriculture by the expansion of settlements, roads, factories and other non-agricultural activities, which is considered one of the potent factors behind the regular decline in per acre yield. In routine, farmers consider themselves as information poor’, but even then it has been established that majority of small farmers appear too much eager to

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Need to popularise ICTs use in schools


INFORMATION AND Communication Technologies (ICTs) like internet, television, radio, mobile, networks, are the major phenomena around which the whole fabric of modern technology revolves. However, since the start of the 21st century, the education field is confronted with several multiple social, cultural, technical and economical problems. The educational technology helps in eradicating these problems by developing new ways, models and technologies in order to facilitate performance of

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Reforming farm sector through broadband


THE BARRIERS of time and distance are easily broken down through availability of high speed internet facility to people at their doorstep allowing them to have a chance to participate in the civic and economic life that lies far beyond their territorial boundaries. Where almost all sectors are steadily reaping the benefits of this IT revolution, the farming sector especially in remote and rural areas can get developed, as it can eradicate the logistical restrictions of business models based

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Yawning need for water quality


WATER IS an essential element for our survival. Unfortunately, Pakistan despite having blessed with adequate surface and groundwater resources is experiencing deteriorating water quality as well as quantity chiefly due to the rapid population growth and urbanisation. Contamination of lakes, rivers and groundwater has consequently increased waterborne diseases and other health impacts. According to the statistics, per capita water availability in the country has slashed from 5,000 cubic meters

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Need for operational science centre


PATRONISING SCIENCE education has always been the area in Pakistan, where the successive governments have accorded least priority to this ever important sector despite tall claims by the political leadership. Presently, the country is standing at a crossroads with no mature approach to effectively visualise about progress areas. Science centres across the developed world have significantly established their worth as they are successfully not only providing a strong knowledge base for the

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Need to produce technologists


YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT in Pakistan is reaching epidemic proportions. Some estimates put it as high as 35 per cent, however, the real number may well be higher. This is not a simple problem that can be fixed by making a policy here or there. It requires a coordinated approach. This includes education and training, managing and modifying social norms and expectations, and adjustments in industrial and trade policies. In the absence of these reforms, the blue-collar class would be having a darker

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