35 renewable energy projects completed costing $3.5b

A number of monetary and financial inducement introduced under policy to persuade private investors have resulted in completion of 35 renewable energy projects with an investment of more than US $ 3.5 billion.

35 renewable energy projects completed costing $3

The government is pursuing development of renewable energy based power projects through private sector on IPP mode under Renewable Energy Policy.

Some wind, solar and bagasse power projects, having an increasing competence of around 2100 MW are in different stages of development which are predictable to be completed by 2022 subject to well-timed ease of use of grid network and tariff.

Energy projects particulars in which, 23 wind power projects of 1185.07 MW cumulative capacities are operational and providing electricity to grid. Six solar projects of 430 MW cumulative capacities are equipped, while Six sugar mills based bagasse co-generation projects of 201.1 MW capacities are also functional.

Several other steps are also being taken by the government to create a attention for foreign investors which include: preparation and approval of bankable standard security agreements (Energy Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement) for wind, solar and bagasse co-generation power projects and conducting resource assessment of renewable energy resources in Pakistan.

The detailed ground data based resource assessment of wind, solar and biomass being carried out through support of Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).

The sources said a study on identifying and mounting renewable energy zones in the country is also underway, RE based Net-Metering is actively being promoted, deployment of solar off-grid solutions particularly in unelectrified villages is being carried out while plan is being come up to electrify energy famished and un-electrified villages in Balochistan through solar and other RE solutions.

Furthermore, all tubewells working on electricity provided by national grid are being premeditated to be shifted to solar power.

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Pakistan highest rise in global research output 2018

Pakistan is the second country in the world that has exposed the largest percentage increase in global research output in 2018. Pakistan is one of the rising economies that produced more research output.

Pakistan highest rise in global research output 2018

According to estimates put together by publishing-services company Clarivate Analytics for Nature. The research was measured in numbers of scientific papers published. That’s not clear what has led to the rise for Pakistan but experts think that increases in funding and international collaborations might have boosted the numbers in Pakistan.

One reason could be that Pakistan started from a low base near the bottom of the list of top 40 countries in overall numbers of papers; the article quoted Robert Tijssen, head of science and innovation studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, as saying.

The statistics have added the input from more limited or national scientific journals. Egypt 21% output, China’s publications rose by about 15%, and India, Brazil, Mexico and Iran all saw their output grow by more than 8% compared with 2017. Globally, research output rose by around 5% in 2018, to an estimated 1,620,731 papers listed in a vast science-citation database Web of Science, the highest ever.

Clarivate Analytics for Nature owns Web of Science from which the data was drawn. Its analysis for Nature.com focused on 40 countries that have at least 10,000 papers in Web of Science.

This variety of players in science is a phenomenal success, says Caroline Wagner, a science and technology policy analyst at Ohio State University, and a former adviser to the US government. In 1980, only 5 countries did 90% of all science  she says. Now there are 20 countries within the top producing group.

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Scientists need more research on diseases & drought-resistant

Pakistan’s prevalent three-day international symposium organized by Punjab University National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology entitled as “Advances in Molecular Biology of Plants and Health Sciences” at Riazuddin Auditorium.

Scientists need more research on diseases & drought-resistant

The scientists at a symposium have called upon the need to do more research on diseases and drought-resistant seeds of vegetables to determine the issues in agriculture sector.

PU Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Firdous-e-Barin, CEMB Director Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain, Dr Razi Abbas Shamsi, Prof Dr Ikramul Haq, Prof Dr Fazal-e-Majid, faculty members and over 100 scientists from Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Nigeria, as well as from different exalted institutes of Pakistan were there on the event.

Addressing the symposium, the scientists explained that an assortment of recent researches had explored to cure serious and common diseases in human beings while research was also being done on genetic reasons behind deafness, blindness and other such diseases.

Dr Tayyab Husnain CEMB Director said that CEMB was working stiff to discover molecular biology in various research areas, including plant biotechnology, seed technology, plant genomics, functional genomics, forensics sciences, virology, genetic diseases, stem cells and bio safety allied issues.

Prof Dr Firdaus-e-Bareen said researchers at CEMB were working for wellbeing of the ordinary man. She highly praised the efforts of scientists and personnel of CEMB for organizing the mega event and cherished the productive idea of Dr Tayyab Husnain to endow with a platform for scientists to present their research.

A two-day workshop for keen and aspiring hematologists is being organized in Lahore in collaboration with Royal College of Pathologists UK. The workshop aims to diagnose and supervise different hematological disorders in a better way.

On the first day, different Consultant Hematologists, including Dr Waseem Nagi from UK discussed various clinical dilemmas in Hematology, which is the branch of medicine involving study and treatment of the blood.

The idea at the back of the international symposium was to congregate scientists; share science and look for ways to collaborate.

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Revolution in Technology to Change Industrial Working Outlook

The Initiative of Artificial Intelligence and Computing ceremony arranged by Iqra University and was addressed by President Dr.Arif Alvi as chief guest. The president said that the world is on the threshold of fourth industrial revolution that would change the overall outlook of the industrial working.

Revolution in Technology to Change Industrial Working Outlook

Artificial intelligence and wakefulness about most up-to-date trends is the key to development in the modern world. Such good initiatives must take to introduce and promote the knowledge of artificial intelligence in the country to enable our youth to take full benefit of the opportunities it provides.

It is artificial intelligence through which people are earning their livelihood from other countries without even leaving their houses. This approach is also effective in present times when visa and passport requirement of several countries have become more complicated and demanding.

Artificial intelligence uses tools and insights from many fields, including computer science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, operations research, economics, control theory, probability, optimization and logic. AI research also overlaps with tasks such as robotics, control systems, scheduling, data mining, logistics, speech recognition, facial recognition and many others.

This is the time where machines would not only follow the orders of humans but would be able to think and decide for themselves as well through intricately developed algorithms, Dr. Arif Alvi added.

The president valued the initiative of Iqra University for establishing a means to pass on education of artificial intelligence and computing and also valued the cooperation of Saylani Welfare Trust in this regard. President was of the view that education is the only thing that can get rid of poverty and take our country further on the path of development.

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First Two-day National Scientific Congress to be held from Dec 15

First two-day National Scientific Congress will be held in Federal capital from December 15-16 organized for the first time in Pakistan by ShifaTameer-e-Millat University (STMU) and Shifa International Hospitals Ltd. (SIH) at Pak-China Friendship Centre.

First Two-day National Scientific Congress to be held from Dec 15

National Scientific Congress  aimed to premeditate upon the innovative practices in variety of domains including Information Technology and Digital health under one roof to interact and collaborate with each other for addressing national issues there by revolutionizing the health sector.

The ultimate objective of the congress is to publicize the practices, observations and outcomes of familiar sight trials and local research, new guidelines and innovations in the field of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biomedical and Allied Health Science.

Consultants, general practitioners, chiefs, directors, professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers, demonstrators, pharmacists, nursing and paramedics and undergraduate students will take part in the congress.

The National Scientific Congress shall be preceded by pre-congress events including workshops, academic discussions and master classes, and shall be an annual event.

The congress shall focus expansively upon Modernization, Integration and Application through benefiting from the new guidelines, landmark trials, local research and innovations in the field of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences.

National Scientific Congress will bring an incremental change towards addressing health related issues and lay down foundation for national level policy making.

National Scientific Congress will bring exceptional opportunity and a unique platform to combine the knowledge and experiences of experts from diverse domains.

National Scientific Congress  is highly appreciable that such initiatives are being taken by the private sector with willpower to benefit the nation to base a healthy Pakistan.

The deadline for National Scientific Congress registration was November 26, 2018 while late and on-site registrations shall continue till the event day.

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