Science policy needs to be
researched for poverty alleviation
FAISALABAD, MARCH 05, 2012: Science policy itself needs to
be researched for its enhanced impact with a special focus
on unprivileged class keeping in view alleviation of poverty
and hunger from the globe.
This was stated at a meeting of German Scientists Dr
Bernhard Tischbein and Dr Christopher Conard with University
of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice chancellor Prof Dr
Iqrar Ahmad Khan at his Chamber here on Friday.
Faculty of Agriculture Engineering Dean Prof Dr Rai Niaz
Ahmad and Department of Irrigation Chairman Prof Dr Allah
Bukhh were also present on the occasion.
The meeting also reviewed a
project aimed at improving science policy for development,
fighting water crisis and enhancing the agricultural
productivity of the country.
Dr Bernhard, who is working with ZEF, Centre for Development
Research, University of Bonn, Germany said goal of his
organisation is to contribute with the research and
education to enhancing sustainable human development and
combating poverty in the developing world.
He said that his organization strived to strengthen
international development research in Germany, Europe and
Talking about areas of research, he said that ZEF is working
on three dimension including political and cultural
resource, economic resource, and ecological resources.
He said ZEF’s water research agenda is focusing on physical,
socio-economic, political and legal contexts for devising an
integrated approach in this regard.
The role of environment cannot be evaluated without
considering environment and social conditions.
They stressed the need for creating awareness among the
masses to conserve water as Pakistan is being counted in the
list of water scarce country and in future the situation
Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the UAF had inked 53
international Memorandum of Understanding and actively
working with various international organizations for the
growth of all field especially agriculture.
The country was facing a threat of food insecurity that must
be coped with enhanced efforts, he said adding that since
the inception of the country, the production of the major
crops had gone up manifold but now the stagnation was being
Talking about the university, he said the Islamic
Development Bank (IDB) recognized the R&D activities of the
UAF and described it best institution of the Islamic world
and announced S&T Award-2012 with $ 10000 cash prize.
It is worth mentioning here, the delegation will stay here
for ten days in which activities including overview of the
remote sensing and hydrological modeling laboratory, missing
data in existing data-way forward, visit to PMIU, Lahore,
trainings and workshops will be held.