STI Policy of Iran, Turkey and Pakistan discussed at the Newport Institute of Communication and Economics on January 18, 2018

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Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer ECOSF held a meeting with Vice Person of the Newports Institute of Communication and Economics, Karachi- Pakistan, Ms. Huma Bukhari and Former Secretary to the Minsitry of Science and Technology and Founder Vice Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) of Pakistan, Dr. S. M. Qureshi on January 18, 2018 at the Institute in Karachi. The meeting was held to discuss various domains of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the ECO region with special reference to STI policy of Iran and Turkey and useful lessons for Pakistan for STI policy implementation. It is important to mention here Ms. Huma Bukhari is pursuing her PhD research project on “STI Policy Review of Iran and Turkey: Implications and Lessons for Pakistan” under the overall guidance of Professor S.M. Qureshi.

This research project is being carried out at MUET Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD) and being supervised by Dr. Arbella Bhutta and Co-supervised by Dr. S.M. Qureshi. Dr. S.M. Qureshi underscored various policy development and implementation challenges in Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts undertaken by the Government of Iran and Turkey who have done tremendously well in STI Policy and there seems to be certain valuable lessons that Pakistan can learn from these two countries of the ECO region. Dr. S.M. Qureshi sought help of ECOSF in assisting his team in getting relevant data on STI indicators and stakeholder mapping for achieving desired outcomes of this research, which may prove to be beneficial for ECOSF as well for drawing conclusive lessons for policy decision. Engr. Khalil Raza shared various programmes and initiatives of ECOSF for promotion of STI in the ECO region.

This research project will focus on the review of STI policies of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan within the parameters to explore the issues or challenges that relates to the policies development, implementation and level of success or failure in these countries. This would further suggest as to what measures should be taken by Pakistan and concerned stakeholders to achieve the set goals and objective for the socioeconomic and technological advancement in the country.

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