ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Thursday announced that all government schools would be converted into ‘Science technology schools’ soon, as all advance countries across the globe using latest technology for the bright future of their generations.
Talking to private news channel , he said technology would be a major catalyst that would drive the economic and Industrial growth in the country.
Minister said the future of Pakistan belongs to technology and country has to embrace modern technology in order to move forward and keep pace with the 3rd world countries
He explained the Science School program that with the collaboration of education ministry we would provide modern technology in government schools as it is time to work actively for developing schools as centers of knowledge.
Minister said in the first phase of this program we have selected almost 1500 government schools where government would introduced technology based education for students.
“The program will equip government students to compete with other students from any part of the world”, he added.
While emphasis on digital education in Pakistan, he said , “We have to support our technology companies and facilitate our future generation to acquire scientific and technological education to meet the latest requirements,” he stressed.
Digital education is the key to success in this modern era full of technologies, he added.
There are still very less educational institutes that are providing facilities for digital education but this ratio is expected to improve by upcoming digital initiatives in the future, he hoped.
However, he said there was dire need to improve the standard and quality of government schools in the country as this sector was badly neglected in past but PTI government would utilize all available resources for the promotion of technology in education institutions.
Different technology based apps would be introduced in smart gadgets that will help citizens to understand and get knowledge more easily.
All debit cards and credit cards would also be shifted to the mobile phones within next 6 to 8 months, adding, as China’s all business already shifted to their Mobile phones, he mentioned.
Replying a question about its security , he assured that this system would be secure like ATM cards.
Fawad said , the federal government has also decided to set up science and technology parks in the country and these parks will be established in collaboration of universities.
He highlighted the purpose of these parks was to promote studies and research in science, especially for science students who would get all the facilities related to science and technology under one roof.
‘Lahore Science Park’ which was already in final stages would be inaugurated soon, he also declared.
Talking about Science fair , Chaudhry said the first Pakistan Science Fair will be held in August 2019 in Islamabad.
For the first time, a state-level science fair is going to be organized in Pakistan.
He further said “if any person with new Idea want to showcase any of your innovation get set for this great Science Fare, entries will be open from July one.”
Any citizens living in country or abroad will be able to bring their new innovations and for their ideas security government would provide them a legal protection to their innovations, he added.
He said government would provide loans for implementation of technology-based business ideas.
The government will give 70-100 per cent loan for execution of tech-based business ideas, he added.
Replying to another Question, minister said, Ministry would also established a DNA digital lab in Pakistan to get Knowledge about their family backgrounds.