Islamabad—Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain Wednesday said it was his utmost desire to witness Pakistan as a strong technology based country and we should put our efforts together for this task. He was addressing as a chief guest at a launching ceremony of Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) summer camp and the orientation session for the first batch of students here, organized by Pakistan Science Foundation.
The minister underlined the need to allocate funds for research purpose in order to promote science and technology in the country. The departments of his ministry were focusing on need based research and the current investment in this sector was very low for this purpose, he said.
He said the government should prefer to promote science and technology in the country that would produce a very long term economic results besides addressing several public issues. The STFS students have come from all over the country and from far flung areas to attend the STFS Summer Camp 2016, he mentioned. The Science Talent Farming Scheme was an important initiative of the government to stimulate young brains to become eminent scientists, which was part of Pakistan Vision 2025 prepared by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.
He stressed the PSF to make this programme more practical and problem-oriented to produce scientists who have the capability to apply their acquired knowledge to new situations and understand the world around them and to come up with the requisite solutions to the upcoming needs of this nation to make it compatible with its contemporaries. Unfortunately, there has been a serious challenge of brain drain in our country which can be ascribed to multiple factors, he added. He said the monetary benefit given in (STFS) project in the form of scholarship is substantial i.e. Rs.10000 per month per student plus tuition fee and hostel fee where applicable.