Science Communication for Social Development

One-day training workshop on ‘Importance of Science Communication for Social Development’ held at Dr. Junaid Zaidi Library, COMSATS University Islamabad in collaboration with Technology Times and Faculty Development Academy (FDA), CUI.

Science Communication for Social Development

The honorable speaker’s Muhammad Ijaz – Former Director PR PAEC, Sayyed Paras Ali (Editor-Technology Times) and Kamran Amin (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology |CAS) spoke in the Science Communication workshop.

Dr. Mumtaz Fatima Jafari, FDA Advisor introduced the Faculty Development Academy agenda and highlights the workshop objective saying that the science communication plays a vital role in building a strong communication skill.

Muhammad Ijaz while explaining the objectives of workshop told the participants that Scientists play a very significant role in transmitting science information, but at the same time scientists don’t integrate well with society which is a barrier in science communication. He further, featured the ‘three pillars of good communication that are lagos – logical, pathos – emotions and ethos – ethical’ to convey the focal point.

“Scientist’s dire need to learn management skills to communicate effectively. For successful science, time and quality management should  be focused. Scientists should be the voice of public to solve their problems addressed by science. Scientists have to market himself, for that, they need communication skills. If not then scientists are responsible for the failure of scientific projects”, he added.

Sayyed Paras Ali, Editor Weekly Technology Times elaborated at the workshop saying that “Science Communication is proportional to social development and is an exponential variable to depict enigma of nature. Due to lack of interest of scientific knowledge and its slow propagation people are unable to know the advancements in science and technology. The more alarming fact is that science interest peters out more even in science students. In order to diffuse this situation, instantaneous measures must be taken”. He further emphasized Blogging, Vlogging and effective science writing.

Kamran Amin currently works at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He did research in Energy Storage Materials and Devices. In the workshop, Amin highlights the Science Research by sharing his scientific knowledge expertise. He focused on the point that the science communication needs to be implemented properly to get most out of it. The best way of make people known to the science communication is to make it public.

The ultimate aim of organizing such kind of workshop is to make people aware of the hefty advancement that is going on in the field of science and technology because science and technology can play an important role in social development of any country.

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SAU student devised ‘smart bag’ to track students

In Pakistan, Child abduction becomes frequent crime. Children’s went to school to attain education but unfortunately becomes the abduction victim. Keeping in view, Raheel Sarwar a final year student of the Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam situated near Hyderabad has devised what he called ‘smart bag’ competent of tracking location for students.

SAU student devised 'smart bag' to track students

Information Technology student Raheel Sarwar conceived an idea of school bags featuring location of students, temperature of classrooms and information on their syllabus using an electronic circuit.

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The smart bag will be connected to smartphones so, that the parents can keep an eye to save their children from any hazard. This simply means that parents can easily access the information concerning whereabouts of their children.

The useful device is first of its kind could inform parents about timetables of classes.  Now, the students wearing smart bag can’t skip their classes and be on time when leaving the place. This smart bag gadget promised the security of every Pakistani aspirant.

Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam


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Pakistan govt stimulate the tech-driven economy

Task Force on Technology Driven Knowledge Economy meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on PM office concentrate on shifting towards technology to renovate the country’s wealth and make the most of massive human resource potential.

Pakistan govt stimulate the tech-driven economy

Pakistan government is currently working on different strategies for the endorsement towards promotion of digitization, The future of technology ‘Artificial Intelligence’, Quality higher education to prosper worldwide, Human resource development and technical skills.

In order to achieve the goals the Prime Minister apprised the policy to endorse technology driven economy with improved allocations for higher education, technical skills development of human resource, promotion of digitization, promotion of AI education and skills.

Task Force meeting attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, Planning Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, IT Minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

Professor Dr Atta ur Rehman, Dr Tariq Binori, Yousuf Hussain, Chairman Ignite, and legislative body of business community and industrialists and federal secreta

Higher education is the bridge in the economic development of a nation. Education not only raises people’s productivity and creativity but also promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. 

Keeping in view all the above discussed topics technology revolutionized everything hastily so it’s the right time to shift technology to alter the nation’s economy. Instead of anything must put into practice the future of technology ‘Artificial Intelligence’ to grasp what we want.

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PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan (ETI-GB) join hands for improving sustenance of Gilgit Baltistan rural community all the way through agricultural development.

PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

PARC a national organization working in secure alliance with public and private sector institutions in the country to grant science based solutions for the development of agriculture in Pakistan.

Whereas; Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan, (ETI-GB) aims at improving income, plummeting poverty and starvation in the rural areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

For the speedy development of Gilgit Baltistan, ETI-GB and PARC have documented strategy to combine their potentials to energize efforts for research on agriculture technologies to combat the raising issue.

The amenities of the both organizations shall be utilized for the benefit of learning and sharing for greater benefit of communities of Gilgit Baltistan, as well as both the organizations will share information for research on agriculture technologies.

PARC and ETI-GB will also hold joint capacity building initiatives (training’s, workshops, seminars, coverage visits and information broadcasting campaigns) to teach farmers and other community of all pertinent issues.

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PARC established 300 clubs to endorse organic agriculture

A kitchen and roof top gardening initiative introduced to endorse organic agriculture. Under this program Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has established more than 300 clubs in clone cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

PARC established 300 clubs to endorse organic agriculture

PARC demand all-purpose public had initiated the Programme to help citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi regions to grow fresh organic vegetables at their household that are healthy and pesticides free.

Kitchen gardening has an immense latent for addressing food and health of urban and peri-urban Pakistan. The government has taken some steps to promote organic farming in the country and these included productions of organic seasonal vegetables at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) field.

About 500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) personnel have been provided services for promotion of Organic Farming Kitchen gardening in Islamabad, KPK, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Dr. Sher Baloch agriculture expert said Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, bio-diversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than use of inputs with adverse effects.

The noticeable advantages allied with household gardening such as pesticide free produce and availability at the doorstep on one side and on the other hand, vegetable and herbs have high nutritional values.

If these are grown, households could be able to get balanced diet which mainly contributes to the healthy society. Research officers and pasture staff are also accessible with the Programme to endow training and services at their household.

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