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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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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Conference on ‘Sustainable Development Halophytes for Green Revolution’

A three-day international conference on ‘Sustainable Development: Halophytes for Green Revolution’ held at Karachi University Business School (KUBS), KU, organized by the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU) of the University of Karachi.

At international conference experts longing on the policies to endorse alternative solutions to tackle challenges of food insecurity in future.

Professor Dr Hans-Werner Koyro from Germany shared that people are getting older and constraint of getting good food is also getting higher and higher as the competition with food has increased over the years. There are around 2000 different types of halophytes around the world and still, the meaning of halophyte is not clear.

Dr Hans-Werner added that some labeled potatoes, which is for the most part used as a regular food item, as halophyte. Hence, there is a dire need for research-based use of plants for saline agriculture. We believe, many local halophytes of saline habitats which are already salinity tolerant can be shaped as future crops through concentrated direction-based research.”

For the time being, UNESCO France Director Dr Miguel Clusener-Godt shared that it was his second visit to the country and Karachi University as well and was delighted to see how academia and scientific bodies are moving forward in the field of halophyte biology.

UNESCO France Director said that higher education institutes are taking interest in halophytes and thinning out awareness and knowledge concerning the uses and benefits of halophytes. The youngsters are captivating interest in the topic which is a very positive and good sign as they have to take over in future and this is the right time for them to learn and execute.

Halophytes could also endow protection to the coastal lines and in some cases, Pakistan and other countries, are using plants as greenification as well. The structurized work approach should be adopted while working on halophyte projects that will bolster every aspect.


PTA approves investment in Telecom Tower-Sharing Services Company

PR:  Today, edotco Pakistan Private Limited (edotco PK), obtained the approval of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on the change of shareholding in edotco PK by way of subscription by Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) of 45% of the share capital of edotco PK, an end-to-end telecom infrastructure services company. This positive decision of the Government and the Regulator is a welcome promotion of the digital agenda making Pakistan an attractive destination for foreign investment.

The above marks one of the approvals related to the transaction steps on the acquisition by edotco PK of Jazz’s portfolio of 13,000 tower assets currently under Deodar Private Limited (Deodar).  Further regulatory approvals are in process of being granted by PTA on the change of shareholding structure in Deodar, and by State Bank of Pakistan on the funding of the acquisition.


KOICA Held Pre-Departure Orientation for Economic Development Strategy for Public Officials


Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Pakistan held a pre-departure meeting for 17 high level government officials for Country Focused Training program on “Economic Development Strategy” scheduled to be held in Korea from March 18~31, 2018. The intended training program aims to provide useful insight and guideline on economic development by sharing Korea’s economic development experience and to strengthen policy making and implementation capacity of Government officials from Pakistan.

Addressing at the occasion, newly arrived Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan, Mr.  Kwak Sung-Kyu welcomed the participants and said that Pakistan is a resource-rich country and possesses Natural resources like mineral, fuel, natural gas and agricultural land and has a high potential to transform in to developed Nation. The training will be focused on enhancing vision of you on socio-economic development of Korea and I hope you can learn and apply those lessons for sustainable development of Pakistan and fostering Korea-Pakistan development cooperation.

The participants are from different Ministries including Planning commission, Economic Affairs, Capital Administration and Federal Board of Revenue. Mr. Muhamamd Humair Karim Joint Secretary EAD assured their support for strengthening ties between Pakistan and South Korea and paid their gratitude to the Korean government for offering this much needed training Program. Mr. Abdul Rahman Khan and Mr. Muhammad Ali Raza Program coordinators of KOICA briefly introduced the courses and orientate participants about the Pre- Departure logistics of the training program.