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China, a major source for Pakistan’s human resource development

February 13, 2014

China has become a major source for human resource development for Pakistan to meet its challenges and excel in the fields of Science and Technology in the 21st Century.

China at present generously offering a large number of scholarships to young and talented Pakistani students and professionals in a wide variety of subjects, especially in emerging technologies, a diplomat at Pakistan Embassy told.

The number of these scholarships ranges up to a couple of hundreds annually, which mostly includes Masters, PhDs and Post Doctorates.

It is also providing trainings to Pakistani experts in cutting-edge technologies to face the future challenges of Pakistan.

There are also a number of exchange visits between the two countries which strengthen mutual understandings and promote public diplomacy.

Moreover scientists from both sides are engaged in regularly holding joint collaborative seminars, conferences and workshops with an aim to boost scientific collaborations.

Pakistan and China share a wide spectrum of scientific collaboration which covers all most all sectors including Energy, Power, Health, Agriculture, Information Technology, Communication, Industry, Environment etc, the diplomat noted.

The major projects of cooperation are: Coal Production, Small Hydro-Power Plants, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Vaccines, Contagious Disease Control, Medical Instruments, Herbal Medicines, Hybrid wheat, Hybrid rice, Cotton, Hybrid Rape, Vegetables, Seed Technologies, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Marine Sciences and Technologies, Science Park, Electronics, Metrology, etc.

Pakistan and China enjoys close and deep cooperation in the field of Science and Technology, he said adding that the Scientific and Technological (S&T) Cooperation between Pakistan and China is being pursued under the framework “Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation”, under which mutual benefit have accrued satisfactorily.

The Agreement was signed in May, 1976, at Beijing. More than 300 Items of cooperation comprising Study Visits, Training Programs and Joint Research Projects were launched through a total of seventeen (17) Protocols.

The Seventeenth Protocol (most recent) was signed on 04 November 2011 at Beijing.

The importance of Cooperation in the fields of S&T was re-affirmed during various high-level visits from both countries, and with the signing of a number of MoUs for cooperation in specific fields of Science & Technology.

Implementation of these MoUs is being pursued at the organizational and departmental levels, he noted.

The Ministry of S&T (MoST), Government of Pakistan has been maintaining and funding an office of the Counsellor (Technical affairs) at Pakistan Embassy, Beijing, China, for pursuing, enhancing and exploring cooperation with China in various fields of S&T.

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Source: Daily Patriot (Pakistan)

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