Before cutting the ribbon to declare the Center open, President Berdymuhamedov delivered a speech underlining the importance of correlation between science and life.
He asked the scientists to focus on the areas that carry immediate benefit for
He said that the Technology Centre would help propel
• Technologies for agriculture, food industry, crop efficiency
• Technologies for ecology
• Technology for efficient and prudent use of the natural resources, alternative energies
• Technologies for chemical industry
• Technologies for construction and architecture
• Technologies for medical industry
• Technologies for information and telecommunications
• Technologies for economic sciences
• Technologies for humanitarian purposes
• Production technologies, design and patent
• Technologies related to geography and seismology
There is also an electronic library and a publishing centre.
The centre will provide jobs to more than 200 scientists.
The equipment from world known producers allows for innovation and exploration in bio and nano spheres, analysis of biomaterials and hydrocarbons at molecular and atomic level, and automatic collation and synthesis of the data.
The researchers were trained in
Some of the equipment in the labs is from Joel (
Two Nobel prize winners – Professor Negishi Ei-ichi of
It was just another gleaming, white marble building in the growing sea of gleaming, white marble buildings. The ribbon that President Berdymuhamedov cut to declare the project open was hardly different from any other ribbons he cuts to open new projects.
Outwardly, the first distinguishing feature anyone could see was the name emblazoned in gold letters across the forehead of the building: Tehnologiyalar.
Yes, simply, Technologies.
The no-frills directness that is so essential for scientific research was obvious the moment one noticed the name. And it got confirmed in lab after lab as people toured the facilities along with the president.
The researchers in every lab had either submitted their Ph.D. dissertation or were very close to doing it. And, they were all fluent in English, able to explain their complex work lucidly in the layman's language.
The labs, as per distribution of equipment, were focused on their own core areas but anyone who decided to buy this equipment clearly had in mind the potential of collective and collaborative work of dozens of scientists.
The timing is also of significance.
Now is now. It took five years to prepare a sufficiently large group of suitably qualified people to make the best use of the sophisticated equipment and technology.
Even though the prime minister of
There were also dozens of other well known academics and scholars from several countries, who later participated in the international conference on research related subjects hosted by
It was a great honour and unique privilege for nCa to talk to some of them.
The solid confidence that comes with the knowledge that you are one of the best in your field was common to all of them. Also common to all of them was the ability to descend to the level of ordinary person to explain what is taking place at the outer frontiers of science and technology.
All of the scientists nCa managed to speak to in the short period of time, were buoyant that the technology centre of
A prominent expert in genetics said that he was invited many years ago by
The scientist said that he had to excuse himself politely when Aliyev said that he was willing to grant an annual budget of
He said that looking at the kind of money that had been spent to equip the technology centre in
Another scientist, whose work on blood cells has been noticed worldwide, said that with consistent government support, this centre should be able to secure the future of the country even when they have exhausted their hydrocarbon resrouces.
President Berdymuhamedov, after touring the labs, spoke to a select gathering of top Turkmen scientists, foreign diplomats and heads of international organizations based in
The president thanked Erol Tabanja, the head of the Turkish company Polimeks for his excellent work in building the centre.
Then, he asked Dr. Muhammedovez Gurbanniyazov, who has been appointed the director of the centre if he wanted to say anything.
Gurbanniyazov said that the centre will not be able to take off without the government support, therefore, the government must commit its support to the centre.
The president said that the government will initially support the centre but it should eventually become a self sufficient entity, able to fund itself by selling its products and solutions to the commercial sector.
Gurbanniyazov again repeated that even though the centre would try to generate its own revenues as soon as possible, it was necessary for the government to stay to maintain its support for as long as it might take, which would not be any time soon anyway.
The president agreed to that but added that the centre should be able to show some measurable output periodically.
The president also thanked Dr. Mezolov, the president of the academy of sciences. The centre would work under the supervision of he academy of sciences.
After reassuring the academic community of his full support for the centre, the president outlined the areas where he expects some results quickly. He also instructed his cabinet members, who were present in the hall, to provide all possible support to the centre without any delay.
The first task, he said, was to identify as to why some neighbouring countries can sell their products but
He said that proposals should also be developed for the most rational use of the hydrocarbon resources and to obtain optimum benefits from their exploitation and export.
He said that the research work being carried out in other institutions in the country should be in synch with the centre – no one should work in isolation. Coordination, he said, is the watchword here.
The president said that together with boosting our exports, we should start decreasing our dependence on imports in certain areas.
Stressing the need of innovative work in nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, food technologies, technologies related to geography, information and telecommunications, energy saving and alternative energy technologies, Berdymuhamedov said that the scientists should contribute to the betterment and fortification of the agro-tech, pharmaceuticals, mineral processing, biotech, food processing, seismological and weather forecasting, and all other sectors where technology gives an edge to the country.
Variously known as
Many of the techno parks in the world are owned and run by the private sector but the model preferred by
After initial funding from the government, the techno parks typically become self sufficient once they manage to develop some commercially attractive solutions.
Of the some 198 countries in the world, only a few dozen have their own techno parks.
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