Islamabad - Minister for Science and Technology (S&T) Rana Tanveer Hussain Tuesday said government has laid due emphasis on scientific knowledge in its Vision 2025 as it is main source of development in the country.

He said Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) had been given the task of ‘Science Talent Farming Scheme’ to hunt young scientific minds and prepare them to become professional scientists of the future.

He was speaking at a ceremony held for signing of a MoU on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between PSF and Lanzhou University, China.

PSF Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf and Lanzhou University China, President Prof Dr Wang Cheng signed the MoU, where Federal Secretary Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Mekan, Distinguished Scientists of Lanzhou University China, senior officers from Ministry and Heads of organizations were also present.

Under the MoU, PSF and the Lanzhou University have agreed to establish scientific and technological collaboration, which would be of mutual advantage to both institutions by converting arid land into cultivatable and fertile land through rainwater harvesting.

The minister said the MoU would prove to be a milestone in the progressive efforts of PSF as well as another fruitful achievement of the long lasting Pak-China friendship. Rana Tanveer showed immense pleasure on current visit of Chinese delegates and felt that it was a noble endeavour as Pakistan was an agro-based economy, and its major proportion of GDP depends on agriculture.

He was confident that the technology introduced by Chinese friends would lead Pakistan to transform its barren land into productive.

He applauded the efforts of Chairman PSF and his team and thanked Prof Dr Wang Cheng and the Chinese delegates for visiting Pakistan and interacting with Pakistani scientists.

Federal Secretary Fazal Abbas Mekan, President Lanzhou University China Prof Dr Wang Cheng and PSF Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf also addressed the ceremony.