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Some steps for progress...

Wednesday / Oct 31 2018Newspaper : The News

Pakistan today stands at the threshold of what could be a new and glorious era of socio-economic development. This requires som ...(cont.)

Shades of governance...

Wednesday / Oct 17 2018Newspaper : The News

I have been advocating a technocratic system of governance for many years. Such a system can exist under both a presidential an ...(cont.)

Pakistan’s way forward...

Wednesday / Oct 03 2018Newspaper : The News

On August 31, I had the opportunity to make a detailed presentation to Prime Minister Imran Khan. This was a wonderful occasion ...(cont.)

The seeds of innovation...

Wednesday / Sep 19 2018Newspaper : The News

To transform Pakistan into an economic giant, Pakistan needs to give the highest national priority to education, science, techn ...(cont.)

Learning from China...

Wednesday / Sep 05 2018Newspaper : The News

In order to develop a strong knowledge economy in Pakistan, we need to follow China’s example and make science, technolog ...(cont.)

OUR WAY FORWARD...

Wednesday / Aug 22 2018Newspaper : The News

A new beginning has been made in Pakistan and exciting days lie ahead. A national task force for socio-economic development, ch ...(cont.)

PAKISTAN: A NEW BEGINNING...

Wednesday / Aug 08 2018Newspaper : The News

After a decade of loot and plunder by successive democratic governments, there is finally hope that Pakistan will embark on th ...(cont.)

FOSTERING A KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY...

Wednesday / Jul 25 2018Newspaper : The News

With the change of government imminent after today's elections, we can look ahead to a new and prosperous Pakistan where ju ...(cont.)

BUILDING A NEW PAKISTAN...

Wednesday / Jul 11 2018Newspaper : The News

The single biggest opportunity to develop Pakistan lies in its 100 million people who are below the age of 20. We need to focu ...(cont.)

MENDING HIGHER EDUCATION...

Wednesday / Jun 27 2018Newspaper : The News

The higher education sector has been under serious crisis for the last several years. Over the last decade, the procedures intr ...(cont.)

DAMS VS DISASTERS...

Wednesday / Jun 13 2018Newspaper : The News

It is estimated that Pakistan will start facing water scarcity within the next five years, and a large number of deaths due to ...(cont.)

The road to real progress...

Wednesday / May 30 2018Newspaper : The News

It is time we take suitable steps to make the transition towards a knowledge economy – especially since a new government ...(cont.)

Winds of change: Part-III...

Wednesday / May 16 2018Newspaper : The News

The winds of change are blowing forcefully through our great nation. They promise to root out corruption, punish those involved ...(cont.)

Winds of change: Part-II...

Wednesday / May 02 2018Newspaper : The News

The winds of change are blowing fast and loud. The corrupt are being caught and punished, and fresh ideas and a new beginning m ...(cont.)

Winds of change: Part-I...

Wednesday / Apr 18 2018Newspaper : The News

With the 4th industrial revolution upon us, the future for Pakistan lies in the 100 million young men and women below the age o ...(cont.)

Tomorrows revolution...

Wednesday / Apr 04 2018Newspaper : The News

Our leaders need to realise that we have approached the 4th industrial revolution and our democratic system of governance shoul ...(cont.)

Interim opportunities...

Wednesday / Mar 21 2018Newspaper : The News

The 2018 general elections are round the corner and an interim government will be formed soon. This gives Pakistan a unique opp ...(cont.)

The grey list failure...

Wednesday / Mar 07 2018Newspaper : The News

Pakistan faced an enormous foreign policy failure recently when it was placed on the ‘grey list’ of the Financial A ...(cont.)

A new pattern of governance...

Wednesday / Feb 21 2018Newspaper : The News

There are four essential principles associated with democracy. The first principle is the right of the people to choose and rep ...(cont.)

The way to genuine democracy...

Wednesday / Feb 07 2018Newspaper : The News

There are four essential principles associated with democracy. The first principle is the right of the people to choose and rep ...(cont.)

Riding the crest of the innova...

Wednesday / Jan 31 2018Newspaper : The News

Amazing developments in almost every field of science are transforming our lives at an increasing pace. The Muslim world, howev ...(cont.)

Synergies of science...

Wednesday / Jan 17 2018Newspaper : The News

The higher education sector of Pakistan witnessed a historic development on January 11, 2018: a formal approval was given by t ...(cont.)

A technocrat government...

Wednesday / Jan 03 2018Newspaper : The News

A debate over what would make up for the best governance system for Pakistan has been doing the rounds of late. According to a ...(cont.)

How to fix the system: Part - ...

Wednesday / Dec 20 2017Newspaper : The News

For nations to progress in the 21st century and become part of the fourth industrial revolution, they need to link their develo ...(cont.)

How to fix the system...

Wednesday / Dec 06 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan needs to change its direction and set up a strong knowledge economy. Countries that are investing in science, technolo ...(cont.)

Not a distant possibility...

Wednesday / Nov 29 2017Newspaper : The News

The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at Karachi University has launched a visionary programme ...(cont.)

A smooth transition...

Wednesday / Nov 22 2017Newspaper : The News

In addition to being ranked as the sixth most populous country in the world, with a population of 206 million, we are ranked at ...(cont.)

Keeping experts in the loop...

Wednesday / Nov 08 2017Newspaper : The News

There has been a national discussion on the pros and cons of a technocratic government. It has been assumed that the installati ...(cont.)

The knowledge divide...

Wednesday / Nov 01 2017Newspaper : The News

According to independent economists, Pakistan is facing a serious economic situation. The country is on the verge of economic c ...(cont.)

The way forward...

Wednesday / Oct 18 2017Newspaper : The News

The economy of Pakistan is worrying and presents a mixed picture. Our budget deficit has reached Rs1,864 billion against the es ...(cont.)

Disruptive innovations...

Wednesday / Oct 04 2017Newspaper : The News

In this rapidly changing world, innovations are disrupting established businesses. Elon Musk, an American entrepreneur, establi ...(cont.)

Towards technocracy...

Wednesday / Sep 20 2017Newspaper : The News

In an interview with Anatol Lieven (the author of ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’) Pakistani economist Mahbubul Haq stat ...(cont.)

Learning from Singapore...

Wednesday / Sep 06 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan is in a dire economic state, brought to its knees by successive governments that have looted and plundered freely whil ...(cont.)

A new governance system...

Wednesday / Aug 30 2017Newspaper : The News

Our country stands at a crossroads of its history. Exports are down to $21.7 billion while imports have risen by 18 percent to ...(cont.)

A study in contrasts...

Wednesday / Aug 16 2017Newspaper : The News

It was first proposed by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in his letter to the governor of Banaras in 1868. It was then widely promoted by o ...(cont.)

The world of science...

Wednesday / Aug 02 2017Newspaper : The News

There are exciting discoveries taking place in almost every field of science that are transforming our lives in an unpredictabl ...(cont.)

The HEC in crisis...

Wednesday / Jul 26 2017Newspaper : The News

The funds were diverted towards other pet transportation schemes and left the universities of Pakistan in a shocking state of d ...(cont.)

Machines and men...

Wednesday / Jul 12 2017Newspaper : The News

The recent advances in artificial intelligence are truly mindboggling. Dr Ray Kurzweil, an authority on futuristic thinking, pr ...(cont.)

For a different democracy...

Wednesday / Jul 05 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan has been struggling to establish a suitable system of democracy since 1947. The advantage of a presidential system is ...(cont.)

A national innovation policy...

Wednesday / Jun 14 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan – a country with a population of 220 million – has over a 100 million below the age of 20. This gives us a ...(cont.)

On electric cars and war cloud...

Wednesday / May 31 2017Newspaper : The News

There have been two major developments over the past month that are worth highlighting. Tesla, the electric carmaker, created h ...(cont.)

Foreign varsities in Pakistan...

Wednesday / May 17 2017Newspaper : The News

During the last two years, I have travelled to Austria, Italy and France to explore the possibility of establishing top class e ...(cont.)

Amazing genetics...

Sunday / May 07 2017Newspaper : The News

With the world population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, and with limited cultivable area on our planet, there is an i ...(cont.)

A different democracy...

Wednesday / Apr 19 2017Newspaper : The News

On July 10, 1947, a little more than a month before the birth of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah wrote in his diary ...(cont.)

Pakistan at a crossroads...

Wednesday / Apr 12 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan stands at a crossroads. There is progress in some areas and lack of development in others. Due to the measures introdu ...(cont.)

Ranking higher education...

Wednesday / Mar 29 2017Newspaper : The News

In October 2002, when I left the position of federal minister of science and technology and took up my new assignment as the fo ...(cont.)

Disruptive innovations...

Wednesday / Mar 22 2017Newspaper : The News

Neuroscientists at the Wisconsin-based Wicab Inc have developed a device called ‘BrainPort’ that helps blind people ...(cont.)

The perks of going solar...

Wednesday / Mar 15 2017Newspaper : The News

Solar cells use the energy from the sun to produce electricity. The sun’s energy is transmitted in the form of photons. T ...(cont.)

‘Engineering’ Pakistan...

Wednesday / Mar 08 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan made a wonderful beginning in 2002 with the formation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to strengthen its unive ...(cont.)

Amazing medicine...

Wednesday / Feb 22 2017Newspaper : The News

Micro RNAs are able to control many genes at the same time. They have been compared to an orchestra conductor controlling and d ...(cont.)

Wake up or be forgotten...

Wednesday / Feb 08 2017Newspaper : The News

After carefully examining the funds allocated by the government to promote science in Pakistan, the chairperson of the committe ...(cont.)

The world of innovation...

Wednesday / Jan 25 2017Newspaper : The News

Imagine that you are driving a car and you have an accident – the car is damaged. However you need not worry. The car is ...(cont.)

The CPEC and knowledge...

Tuesday / Jan 17 2017Newspaper : The News

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has enormous potential to launch Pakistan into today’s knowledge-driven world ...(cont.)

Reviving hope in higher educat...

Wednesday / Jan 11 2017Newspaper : The News

Pakistan had a number of reasons to celebrate in 2016. The Unesco director general formally signed a document on November 21, 2 ...(cont.)

The changing climate and our f...

Thursday / Dec 29 2016Newspaper : The News

According to scientists working on global weather patterns, rising global temperatures are causing the glaciers in the Himalaya ...(cont.)

Our world tomorrow...

Wednesday / Dec 21 2016Newspaper : The News

Amazing innovations are transforming our world at a mind-boggling pace. They are disrupting economies as conventional technolog ...(cont.)

Higher education in chaos...

Wednesday / Dec 07 2016Newspaper : The News

The higher education sector is facing a huge chaotic situation for the last four years since there are now three higher educati ...(cont.)

Developments in the energy sec...

Wednesday / Nov 30 2016Newspaper : The News

There have been amazing developments in the energy sector, and we are well on our way to replacing conventional energy with cle ...(cont.)

A knowledge economy...

Wednesday / Nov 16 2016Newspaper : The News

The impact of one institution on the economy of a nation can be illustrated by MIT. Some 11,000 companies have been formed by g ...(cont.)

Positive developments...

Wednesday / Nov 02 2016Newspaper : The News

There was great news for science in Pakistan in September 2016 when Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading organisation tha ...(cont.)

Agriculture: disruptive innova...

Wednesday / Oct 19 2016Newspaper : The News

Last week I chaired a meeting of the United Nations Advisory Board on Science Technology and Innovation formed by the UN Commis ...(cont.)

Defence: disruptive innovation...

Wednesday / Oct 05 2016Newspaper : The News

Certain insect-sized military drone aircraft developed in the US that look like flies, bees and cockroaches have now been succe ...(cont.)

Health: disruptive innovations...

Wednesday / Sep 21 2016Newspaper : The News

Scientists from have now discovered the genetic mechanisms by which lizards are able to regrow the cut organs. Three small gene ...(cont.)

Disruptive innovations...

Sunday / Sep 11 2016Newspaper : The News

The world is changing at an incredible pace and each week brings a thousand new discoveries, many of which are changing the way ...(cont.)

National development...

Wednesday / Aug 24 2016Newspaper : The News

Pakistan today has the slowest growing economy in South Asia with the GDP of Myanmar growing at 8.6 percent, Bhutan at 8.4 perc ...(cont.)

The centre of development...

Wednesday / Aug 10 2016Newspaper : The News

Pakistan must place science and technology at the centre of its overall national development plans and in the agricultural and ...(cont.)

A blueprint for development...

Wednesday / Jul 27 2016Newspaper : The News

Since the formation of Pakistan, successive governments have largely ignored the key pillars necessary for socio-economic devel ...(cont.)

Our universe...

Wednesday / Jul 20 2016Newspaper : The News

As scientific knowledge increases exponentially with the passage of time, the intricate and complex design that has resulted in ...(cont.)

For a knowledge economy...

Wednesday / Jul 06 2016Newspaper : The News

We live in a world in which knowledge has become the key driver for socio-economic development. Natural resources such as oil, ...(cont.)

Well done, HEC...

Wednesday / Jun 22 2016Newspaper : The News

There was joyful news for Pakistan recently. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) won the ‘3G – Global Good Govern ...(cont.)

The knowledge corridor...

Wednesday / Jun 15 2016Newspaper : The News

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an exciting initiative – provided it is implemented professionally and with integ ...(cont.)

The highs and lows of higher e...

Wednesday / Jun 01 2016Newspaper : The News

The latest QS higher education institution rankings may have come as a shock to many. According to these rankings Pakistan is n ...(cont.)

Innovation driving economies...

Wednesday / May 18 2016Newspaper : The News

The world economic scenario has changed dramatically in the last century, with knowledge replacing natural resources as the maj ...(cont.)

The HEC revisited...

Wednesday / May 04 2016Newspaper : The News

On July 22, 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arranged for a detailed presentation to be made to him, regarding the sp ...(cont.)

Reaping the IT fruits...

Wednesday / Apr 20 2016Newspaper : The News

On August 10, 2015, an article appeared in ‘The New York Times’ about the remarkable progress that Pakistan had made in the inf ...(cont.)

Young again...

Wednesday / Apr 06 2016Newspaper : The News

Some fantastic developments are taking place in health sciences. The growing understanding of the underlying chemistry of biolo ...(cont.)

The STI vision...

Wednesday / Mar 23 2016Newspaper : The News

The magnitude of the knowledge gap between the Islamic world and the West can be judged from the fact that 90 Nobel Prizes have ...(cont.)

Innovative development...

Wednesday / Mar 09 2016Newspaper : The News

Innovation has become a key factor in the process of socioeconomic development. Innovation is no longer the prerogative of deve ...(cont.)

A remarkable discovery...

Wednesday / Feb 24 2016Newspaper : The News

A remarkable recent development in physics is the discovery of gravitational waves that were predicted by Einstein about a cent ...(cont.)

Invest in education...

Wednesday / Feb 10 2016Newspaper : The News

The four pillars of progress are: high quality education; science & Technology; innovation and entrepreneurship; and a gove ...(cont.)

A visionary initiative...

Friday / Jan 22 2016Newspaper : The News

While there are a number of engineering universities in Pakistan, the trained engineers produced often lack the practical appro ...(cont.)

Give me technocracy...

Wednesday / Jan 06 2016Newspaper : The News

The root cause of Pakistan’s problems is ‘feudocracy’, a defective system of governance dominated by feudal l ...(cont.)

Pakistan’s future: innovation...

Friday / Dec 25 2015Newspaper : The News

In this knowledge-driven world, only countries that invest in their real wealth – their children – can progress. Others are rel ...(cont.)

Innovation in agriculture...

Wednesday / Dec 23 2015Newspaper : The News

About 98 percent of water on our planet is seawater, another one percent is brackish water (having more salt than freshwater bu ...(cont.)

Innovation driving economies...

Wednesday / Dec 09 2015Newspaper : The News

In my previous article I had emphasised the critically important role that science, technology and innovation now play in the p ...(cont.)

An exciting new frontier...

Wednesday / Nov 11 2015Newspaper : The News

What is nanotechnology? It is the study and use of materials of very tiny dimensions – dimensions at the scale of a billiont ...(cont.)

The crime of energy...

Wednesday / Oct 28 2015Newspaper : The News

The global energy scenario is undergoing profound changes on several accounts. First, the oil prices have dropped, making it relat ...(cont.)

Imperatives for development...

Wednesday / Oct 14 2015Newspaper : The News

In this new world order, science, technology and innovation are the key drivers for socio-economic development. The world has beco ...(cont.)

For a presidential democracy...

Tuesday / Sep 15 2015Newspaper : The News

In a handwritten note dated July 10, 1947 Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah wrote: “ldquo;Dangers of Parliamentary Form of Go ...(cont.)

Investing in technology...

Wednesday / Sep 09 2015Newspaper : The News

Knowledge is now the single most important factor for socio-economic development. Countries that have realised this and invested h ...(cont.)

For a knowledge economy...

Wednesday / Aug 26 2015Newspaper : The News

We live in a world in which innovation drives economies, and universities and research centres are playing a pivotal role in the t ...(cont.)

Move towards change...

Wednesday / Aug 12 2015Newspaper : The News

The government would have us believe that the country is doing very well economically because it has over $18 billion of reserves. ...(cont.)

Change in the air...

Wednesday / Jul 29 2015Newspaper : The News

In the previous article I discussed how a fresh breeze of change is promising to clean the landscape of Pakistan from corruptio ...(cont.)

Winds of change...

Wednesday / Jul 08 2015Newspaper : The News

Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel ...(cont.)

Pakistan: new directions...

Wednesday / Jun 24 2015Newspaper : The News

The prerequisites for Pakistan to migrate from the present low-value agricultural economy to a knowledge-based economy are: (1) a ...(cont.)

Budget: lack of vision...

Wednesday / Jun 10 2015Newspaper : The News

Pakistan can embark on the road to developing a strong knowledge-based economy only if we have a visionary leadership that truly u ...(cont.)

Budget: a radical change...

Wednesday / May 27 2015Newspaper : The News

How is it that a country that has a population about a quarter that of Karachi and virtually no natural resources has per capita i ...(cont.)