Islamabad, October 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) won laurels at Regional Workshop on Popularization of Science in Asia-Pacific held in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 1-3, 2012.
PSF Member Science Dr Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto represented Pakistan as a Resource Person and PSF Director Research Support Dr Ata-ul-Mohsin presented a country report in the three-day Workshop.
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in collaboration with the Department of Science, Ministry of Education, Azerbaijan, organized the workshop to highlight the aspects and dimensions associated with the concept needs to be further explored so that policy making could take place in an enlightened fashion regarding the popularization of science.
During the workshop, ISESCO Regional Director Dr. Abbass Sadri and Azerbaijan Ministry of Education’s representative Dr. Gul Takin highly appreciated the PSF role in popularization of science in the region.
Dr Ibupoto gave three presentations on the theme topics “The Best Practices of Science Popularization in Pakistan”, “Initiatives to Promote Science Culture through Science Caravans, Fairs and Travelling Expos” and “Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE)”.
In these presentations Dr. Ibupoto emphasized that popularization of science plays a central role in the socioeconomic, cultural and environmental development of any country. He said popularization of science makes it possible to spark vocations and encourage talent for scientific research, technological development, and intellectual endeavours in general.
It fosters creativity and innovation, further contributes to producing better trained human resources, expands social opportunities, and strengthens the educational system, he said, adding, it also helps in enhancing the critical sense of the population by increasing its involvement in decision-making and contributing to sustainable development.
Following recommendations were finalized on the last day of the Workshop:
1) Regional Science and Technology Education in Science Popularization Networking of Islamic countries may be developed with the cooperation of ISESCO, 2) Islamic scientific citation (ISC) already working under ISESCO may be expanded and strengthened to achieve more purposeful results 3) Way and means be find to increase the interest in selecting the science subject s with the emphasis on new and innovative lines such as Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Genetic engineering, ICT and Agriculture 4) International Curriculum Developer Committees (ICDC) and Forums of Renovation and Innovation in Science may be made at Regional levels with special reference to Science Popularization 5) Science Exhibitions, Expos, Caravans, Camps, Festivals be adopted by Regional Islamic countries with the cooperation of the ISESCO for promotion of science 6) Innovative approaches such as Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE), Science and Technology Society (STS) and Science Clubs should be promoted and must become a focus of collaboration among Islamic states 7) To strengthen the institutional setup in the field of Science Popularization, a New Islamic Information Foundation (NIIF) may be formed to facilitate, exchange and experience to collaborate in all relevant aspects of Science Popularization and ISESCO may introduce an award/prize for a person/organization, who have a significant role in the Popularization of Science every year.
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