ISLAMABAD: With the nation about to cross the 70,000 mark for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) instances, a senior scientist and head of a authorities job drive on science and know-how have harassed progress within the fields of science as crucial to successfully tackling the pandemic.
Addressing a gathering on the Fee on Science and Expertise for Sustainable Improvement within the South (COMSATS) Secretariat on Sunday to debate the prospects of science and know-how in Pakistan, Dr Attaur Rahman mentioned that the pandemic has severely affected nationwide and world improvement.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously affected development, upsetting progress of all sectors in the short and long-run,” he mentioned, including, “Progress in science and technology is the key to mitigate the aftermath of this crisis.”
Dr Rehman, who heads the Prime Minister’s Process Drive on Science and Expertise, agreed with different members of the assembly that human capability and technological assets of scientific our bodies working in Pakistan needs to be aligned with the worldwide tendencies within the area to realize true progress and improvement within the nation.
COMSATS Government Director Dr Junaid Zaidi highlighted the necessity for investing in rising applied sciences and centring upon modern sciences. He urged the adoption of inventive and innovation-led mechanisms to beat limitations to financial development and nationwide improvement.
He additional emphasised the necessity for capitalising and constructing on current capacities, potential, and infrastructures to strengthen the scientific tradition within the nation.
The assembly termed the pandemic as a grave blow to nationwide and world improvement affecting progress in all sectors whereas highlighting the necessity for evolving scientific options.
The individuals additionally mentioned key performing indicators (KPIs) and the routine analysis of science and know-how establishments; mainstreaming the usage of know-how in authorities departments, funding points for key scientific and technological interventions and analysis and improvement.
It was beneficial that the construction of science and know-how institutes within the nation needs to be realigned given the rising wants and development-related challenges of the area. Industrial development aided by science, technological options together with analysis are vital for aiding the nation obtain financial and monetary stability.
Printed in The Specific Tribune, June 1st, 2020.