Sunday April 21, 2024

The writer is the former chairman of the HEC, and president of the Network of Academies of Science of OIC Countries (NASIC).

  • April 10, 2024

    Tech parks for growth

    These designated areas are often referred to as research and technology parks or science parks

  • March 27, 2024

    Building high-tech industries

    In this representational image, shipping activity can be seen at the Port Qasim, Karachi. — APP/FilePakistan’s development strategy should be...

  • March 13, 2024

    The rise of nanomaterials

    A worker is pictured at the Scientia Clinical Research Ltd lab, Australia. — AFP File Nanomaterials represent a rapidly emerging industry that is...

  • February 28, 2024

    China’s giant leap

    The Household Responsibility System shifted agricultural production from collective farming to household-based responsibility

  • February 14, 2024

    It’s a tech-powered world

    This proven strategy is great to rid ourselves of the burden of debt and become self-relian

  • January 31, 2024

    Planning for the future

    In order to transition to a strong technology-driven knowledge economy, Pakistan must focus on the manufacture and export of high-tech products for...

  • January 17, 2024

    The world of AI

    AI has proved to be a game changer its myriad applications range from predictive analytics for disease diagnosis to personalized treatment plans

  • January 03, 2024

    Amazing science

    Dr Charpentier and Dr Doudna thus became the sixth and seventh women in history to win a Nobel Prize in chemistry

  • December 20, 2023

    High-tech export strategy

    A 20-member delegation representing various sectors of Pakistan’s industry left for China on December 10, with the objective of enhancing...

  • December 06, 2023

    How to achieve growth

    To progress rapidly, Pakistan must create an Ease of Doing Business environment conducive to economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship.The...

  • November 22, 2023

    Towards a technology-driven economy

    The logo of Alibaba is seen at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, July 6, 2023. — AFP FileIn today’s world,...

  • November 08, 2023

    A roadmap for the way ahead

    A power generation plant in Pakistan. — AFP/FilePakistan finds itself in deep economic problems with growing international debt, massive...

  • October 25, 2023

    Innovation for development

    A representational image shows a person wearing a convocation dress in an educational institution. — Unsplash/FileInnovation has long been...

  • October 11, 2023

    The path forward

    The transition to a knowledge economy represents a paramount challenge and opportunity for nations around the world. In the case of Pakistan, this...

  • September 27, 2023

    The road forward

    Pakistan today faces a myriad of problems that range from poor governance systems, lack of proper long-term planning, uncontrolled increase in...

  • September 13, 2023

    The sky is not the limit

    India succeeded in landing Vikram and Pragyan – its lander and rover from its spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 – on the little-explored south polar...

  • August 30, 2023

    AI in education

    Artificial Intelligence is now finding a multitude of applications across different educational levels – from primary schools to universities –...

  • August 16, 2023

    Pakistan’s new roadmap

    Pakistan’s current economic collapse is largely due to our leaders not recognizing that socio-economic development no longer depends on natural...

  • August 02, 2023

    Misguided fiscal policies

    Earlier this year, bowing to the demands of the IMF, Pakistan raised its interest rates by a whopping 300 basis points to 20 per cent, the highest...

  • July 19, 2023

    The amazing world of discovery

    We live in an amazing world of discovery where truth is often stranger than fiction. Thanks to technological advancements, we do not need seeds any...

  • July 05, 2023

    The secret of India’s success

    Pakistan today stands at the precipice of a huge disaster. With rampant corruption under the guise of democracy, the dreams of Iqbal, Jinnah and the...

  • June 21, 2023

    A peek into the future

    Artificial intelligence and quantum computing are two rapidly advancing fields of technology with immense potential for revolutionizing...

  • June 07, 2023

    Learning from China

    About three years ago I was conferred the highest science award of China, the International Science and Technology Collaboration Award by President...

  • May 24, 2023

    Innovative economies

    Innovation and entrepreneurship have now become the key drivers of fast-growing world economies. Countries that have realized this and are...

  • May 10, 2023

    AI: boon or bane?

    There is an international buzz at the amazing capabilities of ChatGPT to write up essays and provide other useful information in a matter of...

  • April 26, 2023

    Lessons from Singapore

    In my previous articles I provided the way forward for Pakistan by investing in education, science, technology and innovation with the focused...

  • April 12, 2023

    Lessons from Korea

    Pakistan faces serious existential challenges after decades of misdirected governance. The only way to survive in this highly competitive world –...

  • March 29, 2023

    HEC: highs and lows

    A remarkable book on higher education titled ‘Fostering Institutional Development and Vital Change in Africa and Asia’ was published recently by...

  • March 15, 2023

    Lessons from China

    The process of socio-economic development in developing countries is a challenging task. There is much to learn however from the successes of China;...

  • March 01, 2023

    An unforgettable period

    With the passing away of Gen Pervez Musharraf, a memorable era in the history of Pakistan came to an end. He was a man of determination and...

  • February 15, 2023

    The way forward

    The failure of the present parliamentary system of governance in Pakistan is reflected in the fact that power and funds are not transferred to the...

  • February 01, 2023

    A future of innovation

    Rapid socio-economic development is now only possible if national innovation policies are directed at the development and export of high-tech...

  • January 18, 2023

    A different democracy

    The present alarming situation of the country, which stands at the brink of a financial default, is a reflection of the failure of successive...

  • January 04, 2023

    Road to progress

    Pakistan today faces the gravest crisis in its history after its dismemberment in 1971. Its foreign reserves are down to $5.8 billion, which include...

  • December 21, 2022

    The only way forward

    The main reasons for the impending economic default that Pakistan faces today are our lack of focus on judicial reforms, education, science,...

  • December 07, 2022

    A failing state

    As a result of massive corruption, Pakistan today is virtually in a state of economic bankruptcy, although this has not been officially admitted....

  • November 23, 2022

    Innovation for prosperity - Part II

    The manufacture and export of innovative high-tech products must serve as the key pillar of our economic growth. There are huge opportunities...

  • November 09, 2022

    Innovation for prosperity

    Countries making rapid economic strides have their primary focus on innovation to create the ecosystem abilities so that they are able to...

  • October 26, 2022

    Lifting the quality of education

    The 2023 World University Rankings were published recently by the Times Higher Education . Three Asian universities are ranked among the top 20....

  • October 12, 2022

    The Taiwan model

    In order to migrate to a technology-driven knowledge economy, there needs to be a complete change of direction. The emphasis must shift to creating...

  • September 28, 2022

    For high-tech exports

    The single biggest challenge to enhance the exports of Pakistan is to establish industries in high-technology fields so that we can manufacture and...

  • September 14, 2022

    Distance learning

    The Covid pandemic led to the closure of schools, colleges and universities across the world during the last two years. It also brought into focus...

  • August 31, 2022

    Future directions

    As the floods sweep across much of Pakistan, they have highlighted the need for proper water management. It was in the 60s when President Ayub Khan...

  • August 17, 2022

    Timely revival

    After some four years of chaos in the higher education sector, with many key programmes systematically destroyed, sanity has finally prevailed. Prof...

  • July 27, 2022

    Change the system

    Pakistan is ranked at a shameful 130th position out of 139 countries on the Rule of Law Index 2021

  • July 06, 2022

    Development policies

    In this new world order, the key for rapid socio-economic development lies in the ability of nations to manufacture and export high-technology and...

  • June 22, 2022

    At the nanoscale

    When the size of materials is reduced to one millionth of a millimeter , their properties change dramatically at the ‘nanoscale’.The first...

  • June 08, 2022

    Fountain of youth

    The ‘Fountain of Youth’, a mythical spring that keeps you young forever if you drink water from it, has been the subject of many a tale for...

  • May 25, 2022

    Exciting technologies

    During the last few decades, we have witnessed amazing developments in various fields of science and technology. Some of the most remarkable...

  • May 11, 2022

    The writing on the wall

    The major problem facing Pakistan for the last several decades is the fact that our exports are confined to low value-added goods, whereas the major...