Pakistan has been laid back regarding many matters of development, mainly due to lacking any constructive vision and policy of achieving prosperity. Recently, Pakistani government was able to come up with the country’s first national science policy in decades. For technology and innovation, it is essential for countries to set up goals as targets and then work toward achieving them.
Without a comprehensive strategy, there is no backing for talent and potential to be harnessed. The National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2012 was launched on November 23 under Pakistan Council for Science and Technology along with Ministry of Science and Technology. Hopefully under the new policy, Pakistan will be better led in the scientific and technological fields.
According to the federal minister for science and technology, Changez Khan Jamali, the new policy is “demand-driven and people-centric”. This seems to be wholesome for a plan, but it has to be proven through results. Pakistan’s economy should get a boost and people’s living standards should be enhanced. For the fiscal year 2013, one per cent of the budget has been allocated toward achieving goals of the policy. The budget is said to be increased in the coming years by 2015 to two per cent.
Currently, only 0.6 per cent is being spent on making Pakistan scientifically advanced, which is in a way an indication of a negative trend. After having made a policy after so many years, it is hoped that the loss of the previous will be covered rapidly. Better curriculum has to be introduced in teaching science and technology for students at all levels and dedicated institutions of research and scientific development have to be established to groom the potential of innovation and creativity that Pakistani people have in abundance.