ISLAMABAD (PR): A two-day National Conference on “Technology Foresight and Critical Issues Related to S&T in Pakistan” was organized by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), on 25th and 26th June. In the first session of the Conference, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, made a keynote presentation on the “Salient Features of ST&I Policy (STIP)-2012”, elaborating the holistic approach adopted in the preparation of STIP-2012, which was released in October 2012 as a public document after approval of the Cabinet and the Council of Common Interests.

Dr. Qureshi further considered the ‘Action lists’ recommended in the Policy to be effective guidelines for planning the policy implementation. However, he cautioned that the present Government will have to own this policy and provide necessary financial backing for achieving the desired results for socio-economic development, which is the main objective of the policy.