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Importance of developing nanotechnology within the country emphasized.

ISLAMABAD -- A one day seminar on "Nano technology and Stakeholders in Pakistan" commenced here on Monday where it was emphasized that Pakistan should seriously consider developing Nanotechnology manpower in the country.

Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Tarar made these remarks during the inauguration session of seminar jointly organized by Preston Institute of Nano science and Technology (PINSAT) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

He said that by the year 2015 the products of Nanotechnology will have a market share of US $3 billion. The secretary pointed out that after initial period when the government allocated a lot of finances toward developing Science & Technology in the country, presently there is a resource constraint and the finances are being diverted to other projects.

He said presently the government is spending only 0.6% of the GDP on Science & Technology and this is an extremely meagre amount. He expressed his hope that through the efforts of the ministry this amount would be increased to 2% of GDP by the year 2020.

Recently a Science and Technology Innovation Policy have been approved by the government. A task force has been formed to follow up on the recommendations contained in this policy. The secretary requested PINSAT for its help in the revival of National Commission on Nano science Technology for the development of this important technology within the country. He emphasized the importance of Nano technology, an emerging technology that has taken the world by storm.

Dr. Abdul Basit, Chancellor of Preston University highlighted the achievements of the university. According to him Preston University was the first university in the private sector established in 1984. Presently the university has campuses all over the country as well as two campuses abroad.

Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairman PINSAT also spoke on the occasion, highlighting the importance of Nanotechnology. He also emphasized the revival of National Commission on Nano-science & Technology.

During the technical session Dr. Chen Wang Director General National Centre for Nano Science and Technology Beijing China, Dr. M. Yahya Emeritus Professor Malaysia, Dr. Masoud Hafezi Ardakani CEO Inter-Islamic Network of Nanotechnology Iran, Dr. Ahmed Ayesha Assistant Professor UAE, Dr. Shahzad Alam Director General PCSIR Lahore & Dr. N. M Butt Chairman PINSAT Islamabad spoke about the developments taking place in the field of Nanotechnology in their respective countries.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 29, 2013
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