The federal minister of Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati announced that the federal government plans to build a total of five technology parks in the next six months. The minister made the announcement while inaugurating the session of World of Science of Day celebrations at the Pakistan park foundation. During the event notable guests were present including UNESCO Pakstan’s Director, Vibeke Jenson who was invited as the guest of honor, while Prof M Qasim Jan, President Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Prof Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation, and Qaiser Majeed Malik, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, were also present on this auspicious occasion.
Earlier, the government also revealed its plan to establish technology parks in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi aimed to promote technology education in Pakistan.
According to the minister, the first technology park will be established in Lahore and the government will then proceed in other cities as well. He further puts a stress on the need for investment in Human resources and development in order to stand among the developed nations. Nonetheless, he expressed his disappointment taking in view the performance of the previous government that previous governments did not allocate enough budget for the development of science and technology in the country. The minister further said:
“Science and technology are in the minds of our young students and our leadership is committed to investing in human resource development. Overseas Pakistanis will support our government in science and technology development in Pakistan.”
The PSF Chairman Dr. Qaiser Majeed Malik also invited to the stage and expressed his views on the importance of the development of technology parks in Pakistan. The PSF chairman emphasized the spirit of World Science Day which was celebrated all over the world in order to create awareness about science and technology among people. He concluded by mentioning the services that PSF has been providing to the masses in Pakistan.
“Since 2002, PSF in collaboration with other organizations is organizing various activities for students and scientists to commemorate the day”.