PC deputy chief for investing 10 percent of GDP in research

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FAISALABAD: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Nadeemul Haq has vowed to invest at least 10 per cent of GDP in research.

Addressing a meeting of the Deans Committee at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad here on Monday, he said that research was linchpin of technological and social development of the country and deserved due importance in the national policy making. He said that the universities were an agent of change and needed to create a real research culture so that scientists and students jelled together their heads and came up with innovative solutions, confronting the humanity.

Dr Nadeem while lauding the bio-energy project of the UAF, asked the management to immediately submit a PC-I so that the same could be up-scaled at the rural level that could save more than Rs 400 billion annual spending on fuel and electricity to run 12 million tube-wells.

He vowed to pull the meritorious teachers and scientists out of the BPS system, adding that such people needed to be properly taken care off.

He urged the university to promote domestic poultry in lines with the philosophy of organic foods to make tangible arrangements for poverty alleviation. Speaking on the occasion, UAF VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that six faculties offering diversify schemes of studies made the university a comprehensive institute of the country. Later, addressing a seminar organised by the Government College University Faisalabad, he said China and Malaysia had proved their mettle by keeping the international standards in view.

Courtesy: The News

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