Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology in its meeting was told that the Ministry of Science and Technology has demanded allocation of 3.6 billion Rupees for the financial year 2019-20 for 49 Public Sector Development Projects. The Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms has given an indication of 3.07 billion rupees for 33 projects. This allocation is almost double than previous year’s allocation which was 1.48 billion rupees. The Committee, however, noted that even this amount is not enough and the science and technology sector needs to be put on priority.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Mushtaq Ahmed here at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended among others by Senators Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, Nuzhat Sadiq, Kamran Michael, Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Gul Bashra, Secretary Science and Technology, representatives from HEC, PEC, NTC and other organisations. The meeting was also given compliance status on committee’s earlier recommendations regarding low Research & Development budgets of attached departments, poor departmental structures, ineffective in-house inquiries, capacity issues, industry linkages, pay packages and regularisation of contractual employees.
Regarding the public petition of a Professional Engineering Technologist regarding clarification of the term Professional Engineering Works the Committee heard the petitioners as well as the HEC, PEC and NTC. The Committee directed HEC to resolve the problems faced by B-Tech graduates and formulate a clear policy in consultation with all those involved.
The Committee also hailed the successful safeguard of country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the recent tensions with India. The Committee was of the view that this success on one hand has been possible due to the valour of our forces and at the same time it owes a great deal to investing in science and technology. The Committee appreciated and paid tribute to the experts and scientists who have given this country the nuclear and missile technology.