(Islamabad): Federal Minister for Science & Technology Chaudry Fawad Hussain said that the Government is set to award scholarships worth Rs. 12 billion during the current year.
While addressing the participants of the Global Development Workshop organised by the UK-Pakistan Science Innovation Global Network (UPSIGN), a UK-based charity, Mr. Hussain said that over 70 experts and scientists have arrived in Pakistan to participate in the workshop. He further said that Pakistan had partnered with the UK in field of research. Mr. Hussain apprised the participants that an interaction of these international experts and scientists with the President of Pakistan has been arranged on March 10.
While shedding light on the progress of science and technology in Pakistan, Federal Minister for Science & Technology Chaudry Fawad Hussain said that Pakistan would soon introduce electric buses, making transportation less costly. He further said that the budget of science and technology has been increased by 600 percent.
Interestingly, Mr. Chaudry revealed that Pakistan had prepared a cheaper kit for corona detection, making it conveniently affordable to detect devastating Covid19 virus in Pakistan.
While referring to the Women’s Day, Mr. Chaudry appreciated the role of women for the betterment of Society. He further said that since the days of the Pakistan Movement, the participation of women in all the spheres of life is commendable.
The UK Research Institute Lead Professor Dr. Nicola said that the UKRI is excited to work in Pakistan to address challenges aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She said that the UKRI has allocated a total of £1.5b for research in partnership with low and middle income countries to address such challenges through the Global Challenges Research Fund. The UKRI is investing upto £200k ( Rs.40 million) on these workshops.
The Global Development Workshop will end on March 11, 2020.