The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) recently proposed to the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) to collaborate in sharing advance knowledge and expertise of Indian scientists and their science lectures delivered at various institutions across India through video-link. The vice versa has also been propounded from the Pakistani scientific and academic institutions. The students will be given credit for attending these video-link lectures, as happens in the University of Karachi, where foreign university professors take video-conferencing classes.
PAS, headed by its president Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, has suggested sharing these science classes through video-link from across the border. With the current development in political relations between the two neighbours, it seems that there is an opportunity to be seized for positive things to grow between these two states. It is about time that they share scientific progress with one another.
Scientific understanding in such fields as declining farm productivity, common diseases, use of information and communication technology and use of double-blind clinical trials to test different medicines applied traditionally can help promote a healthy scientific collaboration between India and Pakistan. So far, the INSA has decided to refer the proposal to their government and also wants the proposal to be discussed with the Indian scientific community before embarking on it. As of now, India and Pakistan, according to Deccan Herald, don’t have formal relations in science and technology. But there is always a first time to begin a new journey.
PAS had proposed the same to China and it has accepted the offer enthusiastically. Later this year, there will be a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed to this effect. If such collaboration takes place between the scientific communities of India and Pakistan, the governments of both sides can be convinced to allocate better budgetary support to research and scientific innovation.