ISLAMABAD - After having briefing from Ministry of Science and Technology and COMSATS, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday accorded formal approval to National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-2011 for submission to the Cabinet. It may be recalled here that on the directives of the Prime Minister, the new National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy - 2011 was prepared after 16 years keeping in view of the imperatives of recent trends in science and technology. The document proposes Science and Technology may be declared as central pillar of the socio-economic development. It also proposes an allocation of at least one per cent by 2015 and 2 per cent by 2020 of GDP for this purpose. The proposed policy identifies a number of thrust areas like environment science, bio-technology, energy, water, mineral, ocean-sciences, engineering sectors etc as critical areas those deserve priority in the economic development strategy giving serious consideration to dynamics of social justice. Executive Director, Imtinan Ilahi Qureshi, gave a presentation on the progress and activities of COMSATS. The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation and agreed to inaugurate Institute of Information Technology at Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, where about 5000 students are enrolled in different subjects of Science and Technology. It may be mentioned here that COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad was the major initiative of the federal government for which Rs. 1.2 billion have been provided for the establishment of state of the art campus. The Prime Minister extended his full support to all national and inernational initiatives of COMSATS for the development of application of Science and Technology in Pakistan and other countries. The Prime Minister emphasized that tele-health project launched by the COMSATS internet services should be fully supported and directed the concerned authorities to facilitate the provision of funds necessary to provide the service to the people. The Prime Minister directed the Secretary, M/o Science and Technology to approach M/o Information Technology for provision of funds for the purpose. Executive Director Dr. Imtinan Ilahi Qureshi presented an Annual Report of 2010 to the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Chairperson of COMSATS. The Prime Minister also accorded his approval to hold COMSATS meeting in 2011-12, which is expected to be attended by the Ministers of Science & Technology and delegates from all 21 member countries are expected to attend. The major countries are Bangladesh, Egypt, China, Iran, Sri Lanka and Jordan.