Recently, a one-day seminar on ‘Nanotechnology and Stakeholders in Pakistan’ was held in Pakistan that was organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from Canada. The Secretary of the ministry, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar was the main guest speaker and he stressed on the importance of nanotechnology.
According to the secretary, it is important that Pakistan considers developing nanotechnology manpower with proper strategy. Although, he talked about seriously taking nanotechnology, but without a planned strategy toward developing skilled professionals in the field of nanotechnology, there is no use of lip-service.
It often happens that seminars and conferences are often organised with the help of foreign private institutes and foreign governments’ aid for research and development in the third world countries, but with little “seriousness” from the government itself. The funds are wasted and the corruption takes over with incompetence as well as dislocation of funds.
For a field like nanotechnology, which is expected to have a market share worth $3 billion for its products, it is in fact fatalistic not to pay attention to the opportunities of growth. In Pakistan, only 0.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP) is spent on science and technology altogether which can be compared to neglecting to provide the basics for development and progress.
In the coming seven years, it is expected that the government will raise this GDP to 2% expenditure by 2020, which means still no serious efforts on part of the government with many more such seminars and conferences, besides much talk and articles written on the subject, about paying due attention to science, technology, innovation, invention, creativity and communications.