President Alvi says Pakistan should Progress to be a part of the global race in technology
On Wednesday, the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, stated that Pakistan must make all efforts to be part of the race to be a part of the world’s technological revolution because it will ensure national economic growth.
The Launch Of Science and Technology
He spoke at the launch of the Presidency’s Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) project.
Under the aegis under the Ministry of Science and Technology supervision, The Pakistan Science Foundation is executing the initial stage of its STEM project. The project is being initially launched within 50 schools across the country. Schools are chosen based on their outstanding academic performance in the last three years.
President Alvi stated that children’s enthusiasm for science education will create wealth for the nation and later help IT and industry.
He was an elected part of the National Assembly of Pakistan from June 2013 until May 2018 and from August until September 2018. The founder of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Alvi, was elected the President of Pakistan on the 4th of September in 2018, following the presidential election.
President officially launches STEM initiative; Minister announces that the project will be distributed throughout the nation.
In a statement that called STEM education essential to the president, he referred to a survey conducted by The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) that showed that the enthusiasm of Pakistani youngsters in STEM was relatively small across the region. He stated that China produced 4.7 million STEM-related graduates per year, India 2.6 million, and Iran 0.35 million.
In describing the launch of STEM as a crucial action and a timely step, Dr. Alvi demanded the adoption of the essential elements to promote the development of STEM education that would form the foundation for growth in organized societies.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz, confirmed that the program will be distributed nationwide. She added that the schools selected would be the hubs of STEM education and serve as models for all learning institutions.
He also urged disabled individuals to access technical capabilities.
“The environment of the country has changed massively, and women must grab emerging opportunities in the technological and engineering fields,” he added. “The engineering sector has undergone a drastic change, providing vast opportunities in defense capabilities, IT, robotics, agriculture, and construction.”
Mr. Faraz claimed that the country’s prosperity resulted from the Science and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education program. Schools participating in the STEM program were chosen according to merit.
“These schools will be equipped with modern facilities and laboratories, and faculty will be trained under the new system,” the official said, noting that a monitoring system is also in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
The minister stated that STEM FABLABS will be established at all STEM-designated schools, with the latest research facilities, and provide the most up-to-date digital fabrication tools.
On occasion, The Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood revealed that his office has launched the pilot program within 35 educational institutions in Islamabad and will aid the Pakistan Science Foundation in the STEM initiative.
He also emphasized that the world was witnessing an evolution away from the brick-and-mortar model to the application of intelligence and capabilities.
In a statement that skill development is essential for market-based jobs, Alvi stressed the need to help the untapped sections of society to get a decent income.
The president also pointed out that many engineers who had been trained at universities left overseas because of the lack of infrastructure and opportunities in Pakistan.
He added that STEM was also a part of a standard education curriculum and stated that teacher training was crucial to attaining the desired outcomes.
In the past, Pakistan Science Foundation Chairman Dr. Shahid Baig, while outlining the scope of the project, said that science and technology play an essential part in the progress of any nation.
“This sector plays an important role in economic development,” He said, adding that the project was assisted by China.
The ceremony was also attended by Ministers from the provincial government, diplomats, and principals of STEM-designated schools.
On occasion, The Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz, stated that the growth of the engineering industry was tied to the government’s economic policies.
He also said that a country would not be able to progress without developing the engineering industry.
Minister Lal expressed his confidence that PEC will continue to improve its standards and train competent engineers to serve the nation that would lead the world to take a quantum leap.