President for bridging science-legislators gap, positive social media use

Citing Pakistan’s youth bulge, the president said many countries wanted to absorb tech graduates from the market which necessitated the universities to increase the number of their students.

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi Thursday called for bridging the gap between science and legislators, the promotion of virtual education and the positive use of social media tools to jump the bandwagon of technologically developed nations.

“There is a gap between science and politicians. There is a gap between the decision-makers and the beneficiaries of those decisions. There is a gap between the social media users and decisions makers on the matter,” the president said.

Addressing the Pakistan Innovate Conference and National Idea Bank Grand Finale, the president urged the universities to multiply the number of their enrolment to feed the local as well as the international market.

Referring to the available modern tools like Zoom and others, the president said in the modern era, the massive knowledge and data existed in clouds accessible to all even beyond human consumption.

Even he said the digital information tools were also challenging the formal educational structures as currently, everyone could get an education while being at home. Even 80% of dentistry could be learned virtually, he added.

The president said the development in this hi-tech era did not require any huge investment rather small startups could outshine the giants.

He said though Pakistan had lagged behind the race of technology, however, the country could join the league by nurturing ideas coming through the National Ideas Bank.

Citing Pakistan’s youth bulge, the president said many countries wanted to absorb tech graduates from the market which necessitated the universities to increase the number of their students.

He said by 2030, the world would need around 80 million cyber security experts for it being a subject of modern-day warfare.

He said in the past, Pakistan had lost around 95% of expert minds like doctors and engineers to other countries in absence of the institutions to absorb them.

President Alvi earlier distributed cash prizes and shields among 18 toppers of the competition who were shortlisted from 21,000 aspirants in six categories including education, e-commerce, agriculture, natural resources, and construction.

He said the technology had also made it easier for the people to sell their products as the whole international market was accessible to them.

He said in the modern world everything involved artificial intelligence and asked the youngsters not to be shy of modifying the existing ideas.

Referring to Pakistan’s success story of handling the COVID-19, the president said the country-maintained balance between lives and livelihood based on data analysis and compassion towards the needy.

Calling fake news, a threat to society, the president urged the youth to ignore fake social media messages to help build a mature society.

Appreciating the efforts of the National Idea Bank, the president said no one could deter a nation from progress if it foresaw the future trends and needs.

 

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