ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has announced a four-point agenda for the development of science and technology and promotion of knowledge based economy with an objective to accelerate the pace of economic growth. Addressing the 16th convocation of COMSATS University here on Wednesday he said under the four-point agenda, the existing system of science and technology institutions besides higher education would be strengthened with laying greater emphasis on promoting quality research. He said the government would also promote indigenous technology ensuring substantial improvement in the quality and the quantity of production.
He said the government will establish strong linkages with private sector for promotion of value addition besides involving it in setting up of new institutes of science and technology. He said while reviewing the whole research system, the government will have broader consultations with all stakeholders including academia, parents, students, industrialists and all other concerned for a viable policy to promote research activities and development of science and technology.
Mr. Gilani said the government intends to review the policy on science and technology with an objective for the betterment of the masses and speed up economic activities to generate more and more job opportunities for the young people. He said the government will make all out efforts to further increase manpower in the fields of science and technology and research development. The Prime Minister announced to set up three COMSATS institutes at Vehari in Punjab, Larkana in Sindh and Quetta in Balochistan.
In her welcome address, Minister for Science and Technology, Mrs. Tehmina Daultana said the government is committed to strengthen the country through promotion of higher education. She called upon the students to take full advantage of the facilities being provided by the government and complete their studies with an objective to fill the gap and make Pakistan’s future brighter.-SANA