PESHAWAR: Scientists at a function on Thursday stressed the need for allocation more resources to promote industrial and agricultural development through scientific research.
A function organised by Directorate of Science and Technology for distributing Research and Development (R&D) awards among the scientists for the outstanding research work in the respective fields.
Six scientists, including Dr Fida Muhammat Abbasi in the field of genetics, Wazir Muhammad in the field of mines and minerals, Dr Akhtar Hussain Khalil in the field of electronics, Dr Akram Shah in the field of Zoology, Dr Gulzar Ahmed in the field of agriculture, Dr Syed Jawad Ahmed Shah in the field of agriculture received certificates and cash prizes for their outstanding work.
MPA Abdul Muneen Khan and Babar Salim besides Zafar Iqbal secretary science and technology, Javed Abbas Bangash director science and technology, Sakhawat Shah Vice-Chancellor Hazara University and Zahoor Ahmed Swati Agriculture University Peshawar others attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Zahoor Ahmed Swati said that Pakistan had huge reserves of natural resources, adding that development of technology for extracting natural resources and its utilisation was the need of the hour.
“We have more potential of development in comparison with other regional countries,” he said. He added Pakistan can overcome the existing crisis if scientists continue their efforts and develop a knowledge based society.
Sahkawat Shah, Vice-Chancellor Hazara University, asked the ministry to make database of scientist in the province and country. He also appreciated the scientist of the Hazara Univeristy who received award for his research.
Earlier, Assistant Research Officer, Adnan Amin Khan said that his department provide funds for research which could benefit the socity.
He said the research should have the potential for paving way launching business on its finding and could create job opportunities.
He said that his department also identify target beneficiary after completion of the project and then design training programmes for the target group.
On the occasion, secretary science and technology, Zafar Iqbal, assured that he would support the researchers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in future, adding that his department would undertake initiatives regarding research the province which would benefit both the researchers and local community as well.