Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology had announced plans for establishing technology parks in Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. These technology parks will have affiliations with relevant universities in their respective regions and will provide platform for multidisciplinary research and will be accessible to all researchers. These technology parks will be established under the National Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Policy 2012, which is being taken as the definition policy that will govern Pakistan’s course of action and strategy for the development of science, technology and research.
In the previous years, there had never been a definitive science and technology policy in Pakistan unfortunately. The projects to be undertaken under the ST&I Policy 2012 are being checked for their feasibility and their financial allocation will be requested accordingly on a yearly basis. The national centres are also expected to be established for research and development. The funding for Pakistan Science Foundation will also be increased significantly that will then be helpful in executing many of the planned and necessary projects.
There will also be a connection made between the science and technology with the market sector to make research and production more relevant to the needs of the country. The same will be for the technology parks development. All of this will help Pakistan’s economy get stronger and be strengthened.
There is no denying of the fact that science, technology and development are closely interlinked. Instead of being dependent on expensive imports of technology, it is rather essential to be independent by promoting scientific learning in Pakistan.