Gilgit-Baltistan: MoST to Establish Technology Parks in Each Regional Capital

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Islamabad (APP): Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will soon establish technology parks in each province, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan and federal capital. These technology parks will be affiliated with relevant universities and they will be source of multi-disciplinary research, accessible to all researchers.

According to official sources, Ministry is executing necessary actions to establish these parks in accordance with “ National Science,Technology and Innovation (ST &I) Policy 2012. They said “ we are preparing feasibility studies of projects under the ST&I Policy and submit financial allocation requests for development of S&T in line with the policy on yearly basis”.

Besides, Ministry is formulating proposals for national centers where Research and Development (R & D) equipment is available, he said. According to official sources, MoST will significantly enhance the research funding role of Pakistan Science Foundation in direct support of projects, which have been thoroughly vetted by experts and deemed to have significant effect on national economy.

Ministry will ensure coordination between S&T organizations and the production sector to ensure the establishment of technology parks on priority basis, official said. Talking to APP, Chairperson Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) Dr.Mudasar Asrar said “ We will coordinate with the Planning Commission for translating the S&T requirements of the national development plans into well-defined programmes and assigning them to the appropriate R&D agencies for execution”.

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