Pakistan Science Foundation manifests the World Science Day 2018

Pakistan Science Foundation manifests the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) will be on November every year. Pakistan Science Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Science & Technology and UNESCO is celebrating Science Day and accredit a range of activities relevant to the year’s theme.

 Pakistan Science Foundation manifests the World Science Day 2018

The upcoming World Science Day theme 2018 “Science a Human Right” to acknowledge the contribution of science and scientists toward development of society.

To manifests the World Science day Pakistan Science Foundation will arrange confined lectures, scientist conference, number of competitions for science students and an award ceremony. Aprox nine Sub-centers of PSF across the country will be actively engaged for arranging quiz competition, science exhibitions and debate competition for the science students.

Pakistan Science Foundation will award gold, silver and bronze medals along with cash prizes worth Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 to the participants for the essay, poster and other competitions. About 27 educational institutes are selected for the winner of poster competition across the country.

Young Science Achievers and the students selected to participate in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), will also be invited to attend the World Science Day and awarded by PSF for their contributions in the field of science.

The World Science Day 2018 theme highlights the relation between science and society. It aims to create communal awareness of how science contributes to sustainable societies, international solidarity, international collaboration in science for the benefit of society, and raising support to encounter challenges that science faces today.

World Science Day theme is a good starting point for the scientists to better understand human rights and it brings focus to be familiar with the right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress including the rights to health, food, a clean environment, and as the universal assertion of Human Rights.

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World Space Week 2018 concludes on high note

World Space Week 2018 concluded with the prize distribution ceremony . It was organized by Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad during October 4-10 2018, with a view to generate space awareness among the general public and students.

World Space Week 2018 concludes on high note

A large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas participated in the event.The theme for WSW 2018 was “Space Unites the World”. The theme is inspired by UNISPACE+50, an historic gathering of world space leaders which will occur in 2018.

UNISPACE+50 will promote cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and help space exploration activities to become open and inclusive on a global scale, according to the UN.

In World Space Week 2018 celebrations at IST, Over 110 different schools and colleges from the vicinity of Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in over 200 different space themed events and activities at IST under the initiative of Space Technology Education and Popularization.

Over 7500 space enthusiasts including participants and visitors witnessed and participated in WSW at IST. This mega event included number of competitions, workshops and activities for students of schools/colleges in the major categories of Space Knowledge, Space Creative Writing, Space Innovation, Space Technology Demonstration, Space Mathematics, Space Fine Arts, Space Visual Arts, Space Graphics, Space Business, Space Workshops, Space Labs Visit, Space Awareness Activities, and Space Entertainment.

 Siddique Public School 6th Road Rawalpindi emerged as the Space Champion and Runner up was KRL Model College for Girls Kahuta.

Dr. Najam Abbas, Director IST and Event head of WSW 2018 presented the event summary and vote of thanks to all the participants and space ambassadors of schools and colleges along with other partners and sponsors of the event. Professor Dr. Wilayat Hussain graced the occasion as chief guest and awarded prizes to the winning students.

The second day encompassed Space Declamation, Aero Modeling, Pin Hole Camera Design, Space Slogans, Drag Chute, Air Crash Inquiries, Space Researcher, Balloon Cart, Can-satellite Workshop, Souvenir Designing, Space Startups, Space Mathematical Quiz, Space Tales, ISS Lab Design, Zero Gravity Idea Bank,

It also includes Sketching, Aero Modeling, Balloon Cart, Space Tableau, Space Poetry, Space Spellathon, Visualizing Space Environments, Coin Designing, E-Poster Designing, Essay Writing, Sports In Space, Space Letters, Calligraphy, Moon Cake Bakery and Space Character Walk,

And lastly, day three Oct 6 2018 consisted of the Glider Flying, Water Rocket, Extempore Speech, Space Settlement Design, Geocaching, Space Researcher, Stamp Designing, Space Documentary, Spacesuit Design, Space Quiz, Rabbit Moon, Space Flight Sequencing, Mathematical Hunt, Glider Flying, Space Theater, Live Space Telescope, WSW Selfie, Zero Gravity, Mannequin Challenge, Videography, Web Page Designing, Space Birthday Party, Report Writing, Space App Ideas, Junk Design, Space Crash Inquiries, Alien Sketch and Space Scientist.

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3-day conference on “trans-boundary diseases of veterinary and public health” held at UVAS

Department of Clinical Medicine & Surgery (CMS) and Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBT) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute Chinese Academic of Agriculture Sciences Beijing PR China organised 3-days international conference.

3-day conference on “trans-boundary diseases of veterinary and public health” held at UVAS

The conference was funded by Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) on “Trans-boundary Diseases of Veterinary and Public Health” under Pak-US Science & Technology project titled “Capacity Building of Neglected Vector Born Diseases in Livestock funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Vice-Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal presided over the inaugural session of the conference here on Thursday while UVAS Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Prof Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani, Director (IBBT) Prof Dr Wasim Shehzad and a large number of students, faculty members, national and international speakers and participants were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal lauded the UVAS for arranging such an informative conference on very important issue and gathering national and international experts under one roof to discuss various issues, finding solution to curb the issues related to trans-boundary diseases.

He said result oriented research is the key which brings changes & innovations and through this conference experts would present recommendation for making policies for the future to control disease in livestock sector which hamper socio economic development of the country. He said such conferences are necessary for networking with national and international experts and innovative knowledge sharing with each other.

Speaking about the conference objectives, Prof Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani said that aim of the conference was to identify challenges in dealing with TADs and suggest management strategies in control and prevention of these diseases at national and regional level.

She said it is true that our efforts are highly dependent on national governance effective veterinary services and political support. Livestock rearing significant share in national economy of a developing country like Pakistan, so there is measures are required to safe guard the livestock industry from epidemics of infectious diseases and to uphold safe international trade of livestock and their products.

She also mentioned conference was organised for the capacity building of faculty members and postgraduate students with development of linkages at national and international level.

Meanwhile Director LVRI, CAAS China, Prof Dr Hong Yin inaugurated vector born disease lab at Department of Clinical Medicine & Surgery (CMS) UVAS.  

The conference comprises on 4 tracks with 12 technical sessions, which will cover all the major areas related to molecular and rapid diagnostics techniques for PPR virus in sheep, potential and pitfalls for virus molecular genotyping techniques.

Promising genomics method for improving the generals health status of dairy herds against emerging infectious challenges, molecular typing and antimicrobial susceptibility of clostridium perfringens from broiler chickens, diagnostics techniques for Moot & Mouth Disease (FMD) virus, bovine piroplasmosis in Pakistan present scenario, bioinformatics for development of molecular essays for veterinary pathogens and anti-microbial resistance in recovered from retail poultry meat a global threat to animal and human welfare etc.

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‘Pakistan water challenges’ seminar held at USPCAS-W MUET

Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management, seminar was held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) organized by the Center in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC).

Water resources challenges in Pakistan

While speaking in the graduate seminar Dr. Hassan Abbas, a renowned hydrologist and water expert of Pakistan said that a mega vision and strong will was needed to tackle the water challenges of Pakistan. He further said that one of the biggest challenges the country was facing is water pollution instead of water scarcity.

He said that water resources were not diminished as perceived by all and sundry but the natural abundance water resources were being diverted which ultimately affect the lower riparian region.

Talking about the Indus Delta, he said that the balance between the sea and the delta was only possible with the natural flow of water. He said that 24 acres of land in delta were being affected and 8 acres were completely inundated due to sea intrusion on a daily basis.

Dr. Abbas quoting the existing irrigation system and said that the irrigation canals were purposively made to provide water for agriculture but due to flood irrigation system Pakistan, these canals cause land degradation due to water logging and salinity, while the irrigation drains have to prevent the water logging and salinity but cause pollution and nuisance in the landscape due to increase of water logging and salinity at tail ends.

While discussing the economic benefits and losses due to the construction of dams on foreign loans, Dr. Abbas said that dams have temporary benefits in power generation and agriculture production, but due to dams the country was to bear the permanent losses riverine economy and environment.

Talking on the needs for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), he said that fundamental principles of contemporary IWRM is has to go with the flow which is free flow means water for all. “Water belongs to no one but to the river where it flows; and as it flows,” he added.

He also shared the comparative analysis of Sava River of Europe with Indus River of the subcontinent, also showed the existing situation of both and said that how the former is more sustained, preserved and ultimately benefits the respective communities due to its natural flow and navigation.

While sharing the unified vision for IWRM in Pakistan, Dr. Abbas said that there was a need to develop strict guidelines and implementation procedures to avoid and control all types of pollution into water resources. His emphasis was on an adaptation of efficient irrigation practices of the 21st century and to get rid of outdated flood irrigation and do away with colonial legacies.

He also suggested developing riverine well fields for clean, fresh and sustainable water supply for both agriculture and domestic purposes. He also recommended that the businesses on the intrinsic value of water, i.e., developing water-front real estates, ecotourism, water sports, etc. and to invoke the grand economic engine of inland navigation.

Sharing the way forward, he said that Sindh being in the lower riparian region could provide leadership for effective and efficient water governance and IWRM in the country.

In this connection, he stressed and illustrated on efficient irrigation in Rohri canal command, inland navigation up to Kotri, urban canal for aquifer recharge and intrinsic value projects in Karachi.

He said that it was rightly said that water is heavier than oil and through the efficient water management, the water economy of Pakistan can earn more money than that of the oil economy of the Middle East.

The seminar was followed by the question and answer session, in which the participants asked various questions regarding the way forward for sustainable solutions to the water challenged faced by Pakistan. Dr. Hassan Abbas, who also heads ZiZAK acronym in Urdu Zeer Zameen Aabpashi Khaliyan (Groundwater irrigation crops) responded the questions.

In his initial talk, Dr. Abbas presented the historical background of Indus Basin, water practices used in the past, construction of barrages, dams, and canals for irrigation purposes and their benefits and losses. He also highlighted the Indus Water Treaty and shared its pros and cons.

On this occasion, Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar, Deputy Director USPCAS-W MUET welcomed the participants and introduced the speaker with the audience and also Executive Director Zulfiqar Halepoto CSC spoke on the public space for debate on water issues of Pakistan.

In the seminar, MUET Dean Civil and Architecture Prof. Dr. Khan Mohammad Brohi, Prof. Mushtaq Mirani, Engr. Zarif Khero, Prof. Dr. Altaf Siyal, Dr. Kamran Ansari, former General Manager WAPDA Engr. Abdul Jabbar Memon, civil society activists, water experts, faculty and students of USPCAS-W MUET were present. 

 

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Institute of Space Technology organized Space Ambassadors Forum

Institute of Space Technology (IST) is a premier institution in Pakistan that has a legacy of arranging international and national events for creating awareness among the general public related to Space Technology.

Space technology Space Ambassador

IST has the heritage of celebrating World Space Week for last 13 years and was ranked first for organizing maximum number of events in Pakistan for year 2017 by International World Space Week Association (WSWA).

Following the legacy of past and fulfilling the mantra of Space Awareness, Institute of Space Technology has planned number of competitions, workshops and activities for students of schools/colleges in the major areas of Space Knowledge, Space Innovation, Space Creative Writing, Space Technology Demonstration, Space Fine Arts, Space Visual Arts, Space Graphics, Space Mathematics, Space Entertainment and Space Business during October 4-10, 2018 to celebrate World Space Week, the largest public space event on earth.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 4-10 October as World Space Week in 1999. It aims to educate people around the world about the benefits of space, to encourage greater use of space for sustainable socio-economic development, to excite young people about science, to foster international cooperation in space outreach and education and to demonstrate public support for space programs.

The success of any space program relies greatly on public understanding and support; therefore it is important to communicate the benefits of Space Science & Technology to the public on regular basis. Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the World Space Week to provide a focus of the activities and events throughout the world. The theme for WSW 2018 is “Space Unites the World”.

An interactive forum regarding World Space Week-2018 was organized at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad on September 25, 2018. A total of 40 faculty representatives from 35 different educational institutions of twin cities and surrounding areas participated in this forum.

The basic aim of this forum was to introduce the concept of ‘Space Ambassadors’ at various educational institutions, who were guided about different events and activities of World Space Week-2018 at IST. WSW 2018 at IST will encompass over 200 activities including many space themed competitions.

Institute of Space Technology would welcome the enthusiastic participation of the students of schools/colleges and their families in WSW during October 4-6, 2018.  

 

 

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