The close relations between Pakistan and China on the fronts of science and technology, higher education and Information Technology are fostering with each passing day and offering more opportunities for the people of both the countries to come closer and further strengthen this ever-green bond of friendship.
“The collaborations made between Pakistan and China in these sectors during the last decade were exemplary, however there is still a great potential to expand this cooperation especially in science and technology sector”, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, prominent scientist said.
Talking to media in an interview, he said, “China is keen to transfer modern technologies related to Aerospace Engineering and Artificial Intelligence to Pakistan which could revolutionize the science and technology sector of the country, therefore, we need to maximize our cooperation with China”.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that the western countries were not very keen to transfer emerging technologies to Pakistan but China is very receptive to the needs of Pakistan and Chinese people want to work with Pakistan.
Mentioning the recent projects being implemented in Pakistan with the support of China, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said Pak Austrian University of Applied Science and Engineering was established in Haripur, Hazara with the partnership of five Chinese universities.
Another project, he highlighted, is the Pakistan China Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence being established in Karachi University with the support of China.
Another Center for Hybrid Rice and Vegetable Seeds was established in Karachi University.
National Center for Virology has been established within the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) with the collaboration of Wuhan Institute of Virology, China, he said.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman who is also a Chairman of Prime Minister Task Force on Science and Technology and Vice Chairman of Knowledge Economy Taskforce is spearheading all these programmes and in recognition of his services received a highest award from China on January 10, 2020 from Chinese government.
Such collaborations have enabled several thousand students to have the opportunity to study in China as a result of scholarships and other initiatives.
There were huge programmes and collaborations underway with China, he mentioned.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that a new university is going to be established with the support of China in Sialkot which was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Imran Khan few months ago.