Gap between research and policy must be bridged: IPS

‘Brainstorming Research Ideas’, which was part of a series of events organized by IPS LEAD – the Learning, Excellence and Development Program of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), under its initiative ‘Indigenizing Policy Research in Pakistan’.

Gap between research and policy must be bridged: IPS

It aims at apprising and sensitizing young and emerging scholars over the need of promoting indigenous narratives and seeking native solutions to the local problems in the research being produced in Pakistan.

Highlighting the returns of a vigorous policy-making ecosystem that productively connects research institutions and government bodies, senior academicians and policy practitioners.

It is deplored the lack thereof in Pakistan, while urging emerging researchers to adopt indigenous approaches for their studies in an attempt to fuel the society’s concurrent needs.

The session was addressed by Dr Tahir Hijazi, former Member, Governance & Policy Reforms, Planning Commission of Pakistan, DG-IPS Khalid Rahman, Dr Adnan Sarwar, head of department, International Relations, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Ambassador (r) Tajammul Altaf, Air Cdr (r) Khalid Iqbal and Dr Shahzad Iqbal Sham, senior research associate at IPS.

Dr Hijazi, while making a keynote speech, talked about the importance of research institutions and think tanks in the process of policy making.

He said that despite the fact that policy making practices in Pakistan were not well-connected with the needs on ground, the policy circles were still not benefiting from the work being done by the country’s researchers, and hence were missing out on a worthy opportunity.

Speaking of bridging the gap between academic circles and policy corridors, Dr Iqbal was of the view that the following of the footsteps of the West has confined our research students to certain issues and topics seen with a particular lens.

They should rather start thinking indigenously, trying to discern local solutions to the local problems and thus making their research work more relatable and usable to the local needs.

Altaf stressed the need of making policy processes in the country people-centric, terming the approach as the most pertinent way of addressing prevalent issues. He also advised young researchers to make their studies pragmatic, goal-oriented and aligned with the local context.

Dr. Sarwar advised the students to adhere to the fundamentals of research when conducting their studies, while urging them to base their work on original documents and first-hand sources wherever possible, instead of relying on news stories and circuitously reported pieces.

Rahman finally concluded the session’s proceedings highlighting the need and significance of a researcher’s role in the modern-day settings. He exclusively stressed the importance of fueling the research being produced in Pakistan with indigenous perspective in order to make the work more relevant, applicable and useful for the society.

He also offered on behalf of IPS the mentoring and guiding aid on a continuous basis to the emerging young scholars who were pursuing their dissertations for advanced studies.

The session was attended by a number of research students and their supervisors from different universities of the twin cities.

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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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چین میں سائنس کے طالب علم کسانوں کی مدد کرنے لگے

بیجنگ(مانیٹرنگ ڈیسک) چین کی ایک یونیورسٹی میں سائنس کے طالب علموں کو کسانوں کے پاس رہنے کے لیے بھیجا گیا جس کے نتائج نے زراعت کی صنعت کو حیران کردیا۔ چین میں کیے گئے اس تجربے میں سائنس کے طلبا نے نئی تکنیکوں کے ذریعے کسانوں کی رہنمائی کی جس سے فصل کی پیداوار میں اضافہ ہوگیا۔ ان طلبا نے کھیتوں کی مٹی اور وہاں کے موسم کا بھی جائزہ لیا اور اسی مناسبت سے کسانوں کو بیج بونے کا کہا، ساتھ ہی انہیں ہل

چلانے اورموزوں فرٹیلائزر کے بارے میں بھی بتایا۔ ابتدا میں کسانوں نے ان طلبا کی معلومات پر بھروسہ نہیں کیا اور اپنے روایتی طریقوں سے ہی زراعت کرنے پر مصر رہے، تاہم جن کسانوں نے ان طلبا کے ساتھ مل کر کام کیا ان کی فصلوں میں نمایاں بہتری اور اضافہ دیکھا گیا۔ اس تجربے سے نہ صرف مجموعی طور پر زراعت میں اضافہ دیکھا گیا بلکہ طلبا کو بھی تجربہ حاصل ہوا کہ دور طالب علمی میں پڑھائی جانے والی تکنیکوں کو عملی طور پر کیسے استعمال کیا جائے۔

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نظام شمسی میں بہت دور ایک نئے سیارے کی دریافت

نظام شمسی میں بہت دور ایک نئے سیارے کی دریافت ہوئی ہے۔

کارنیگی سائنس انسٹیٹیوٹ  سے سکاٹ شیپرڈ، شمالی ایریزونا  یونیورسٹی سے چاڈ ٹروژیلو اور ہوائی یونیورسٹی سے ڈیوڈ تھولین  کے دریافت کردہ اس سیارے کو “2015 TG387 ” کا نام دیا گیا ہے۔

بین الاقوامی آسٹرونومی  یونین کی طرف سے جاری کردہ بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ اس نئی دریافت سے نظام شمسی کے خاتمے کی حدود کے دوبارہ سے تعین کی ضرورت پیش آ گئی ہے ۔

جریدہ آسٹرونومیکل جنرل  میں سیارے سے متعلق خبر شائع کی گئی ہے اور کہا گیا ہے کہ اس سیارے کو نظام شمسی  سے دور کسی سُپر دنیا یا X سیارے کی تلاش کے دوران دریافت کیا گیا ہے۔

2015 TG387سیارہ پلوٹو سیارے سے بہت دور ہے اور سورج سے اس کا فاصلہ سورج کے مرکز سے دنیا کے مرکز تک کے فاصلے سے تقریباً 80  گنا زیادہ ہے۔

یہ سیارہ بہت دور کے مدار میں گھوم رہا ہے۔


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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