ISLAMABAD: A three-day national science conference being organised by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) and hosted by PMAS-Arid Agriculture University was inaugurated on Tuesday. Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman in his keynote address said that good governance and trained human resource is the only solution to economic problems of Pakistan. “Our skilled young generation with very high motives can solve problems and will enable us to overcome poverty in the country. In last decade Pakistan’s leap in the field of science education was internationally recognised and now India is replicating Pakistan’s higher education model”, he observed.
Earlier, Vice President PAS Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, welcomed 500 delegates of the conference from all over the country, who experts in the fields of agriculture, veterinary sciences, medicines, engineering, earth and space science and computing technology. He informed the participants that PAS has decided to provide its platform for annual science conference where all the stakeholders can interact to formulate policies and set goals for a prosperous Pakistan. He further said that over 250 renowned scientists would present their research work in oral presentations while about 120 are participating the poster presentation of their papers.
Executive Director of Higher Education Commission Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, highlighted the successful programme of HEC. He was particularly pointing towards the engineering sector where a number of young PhD engineers who recently returned from abroad and are now playing their role in the industry, research and education sectors. He specifically praised the university-industry linkage like Farmers Market (Pvt) Limited of Arid Agriculture University, organically growing vegetables and exporting these to the Middle Eastern countries.
Pakistan has started exporting software to Europe and America this was stated by Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board Imran Zia. He showed the latest trends in IT industry and was very much hopeful that in the coming five years Pakistan is going to join the giants of commuting industry for software development. He proposed that HEC and universities must develop professional training programme for young IT talent.