BUILDING CAPACITY IN PAKISTAN

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AMID ALL OF THE UNCERTAINTY, TURMOIL AND VIOLENCE THAT HAS GRIPPED PAKISTAN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, ONE POSI T IVE TREND HAS EMERGED: THE NAT ION HAS DRAMAT ICALLY INCREASED I TS INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDUCAT ION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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F E AT U R EBUILDINGCAPACITYIN PAKISTANA M I D A L L O F T H E U N C E R TA I N T Y, T U R M O I L A N D V I O L E N C E T H ATH A S G R I P P E D PA K I S TA N OV E R T H E PA S T S E V E R A L Y E A R S , O N E P O S I T I V ET R E N D H A S E M E R G E D : T H E N AT I O N H A S D R A M AT I C A L LY I N C R E A S E DTWAS Newsletter, Vol. 19 No. 4, 2007I T S I N V E S T M E N T I N H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N , S C I E N C E A N D T E C H N O L O G Y.The driving force behind Pakistansrecent effort to build scientific andtechnological capacity is Atta-urRahman, who currently serves as Federal Minister and Chairman of theHigher Education Commission andAdvisor to the Prime Minister on Science and Technology. Atta-ur-Rahman, who is also a TWASFellow (1985) and the Academys Vice-President for Central and South Asia, organized a two-hour high-profilesymposium at the TWAS 18th General Meeting held inTrieste, Italy, in November. The symposium, which examined current trends and future directions in science andtechnology in Pakistan, featured a series of presentationsby prominent Pakistani scientists. It also included an opening talk by Atta-ur-Rahman, in which he explored the principles and programmes that are shaping Pakistans nation-wide campaign to build a strong foundation for scientific and technologicalcapacity. Atta-ur-Rahman highlightedthe success that the campaign has beenachieved to date. The following articleis based on his presentat

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