Islamabad, November 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s role in the development of a science and technology based knowledge economy was again appreciated by Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries at the Sixth Islamic Conference of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which concluded in Khartoum, Sudan . 57 Ministers of Higher Education and Science and Technology took part in the two day conference on “The role of higher education in the development of science and technology for a prosperous future”.
The conference was inaugurated by the Sudanese Vice President, and co-chaired by the Higher Education Ministers of Sudan and Malaysia. The conference was held under the sponsorship of OIC and Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization ISESCO.
Chairman HEC, Dr Javaid R. Laghari, in his plenary invited lecture, spoke of the role of science and technology education in the development of a knowledge economy. He said OIC countries have 70% of the world energy resources and 40% of natural resources; however their combined GDP is less than that of a country like Japan with no energy or natural resources.
The game changer which can change the future of OIC countries is creating a science and technology based knowledge economy. “Only through the acquisition of S and T knowledge we would be able to promote creativity, innovation, and indulge in technology based entrepreneurship,” he added.
He described graphically how most OIC countries fall behind in tertiary enrolment, researchers per capita, ICT usage, wireless broadband, research and scientific publications, high tech exports, and patent development. However, he said, there is hope for the future, and the OIC region has much more potential than many other developing regions of the world, which must be exploited and cultivated.
Focusing on Pakistan, he said the gains made in Pakistan in the area of higher education, technology readiness and research in the last few years are phenomenal. Research that is relevant to economic development has taken off, and Pakistan has now become a regional player and is ready to play a leading role among OIC countries in the development of a science and technology based knowledge economy.
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