Islamabad, February 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): A four-member high powered CERN Technical Team (CTT) – led by CERN’s Director for Research and Scientific Computing Dr Sergio Bertolucci called on Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for planning, Development and Reforms on 13th February 2014 in order to discuss opportunities for collaborative work in the field of research and human resource development.
“There is a dire need to develop capacity in the fields of science and technology to sustain growing population and meet future challenges. In order to harness the minds of brilliant youth of Pakistan, engagement between the senior scientists, engineers and experts of international level and youth of the country, can be very beneficial”, said the minister to visiting CERN delegation.
Federal Minister further highlighted “Bigger chunks have been allocated for the social development, higher education and Science and Technology although resources are limited due to mismanagement of the past. Investing specifically on ‘Applied Research’ will bring optimum results and will help in development”. Minister showed concern that very few patents are being registered by Pakistani researchers and the government assigns highest priority towards promoting innovation.
Dr. Sergio Bertolucci said Pakistan has proven that it is capable to deliver in terms of technology and has few centre of excellence here. He appreciated the vision 2025 programme and showed interests in working together in many fields including provision of access to digital Libraries for improving research in the field of science and technology.
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