Prioritize value addition in agriculture: PM Imran

Premier okays elite status for top 15 universities

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on Saturday to review the progress on the establishment of a state-of-the-art University of Engineering and Emerging Technologies here at the Prime Minister’s House.
The meeting discussed the matters regarding the establishment of national centres of research, innovation and entrepreneurship in artificial intelligence and allied technologies, and major national human resources development programme.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Chairman Task Force on Science and Technology Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, secretary science and technology, and senior officials, a PM Office statement said.
The minister for science and technology briefed the prime minister about various initiatives being taken by his ministry to promote scientific and technical education, besides encouraging research and development activities.
Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, while briefing the prime minister about the progress made by the Task Force on Science and Technology, said they had prepared a comprehensive Knowledge-Economy Policy document.
The prime minister appreciated the efforts being made by the Ministry of Science and Technology in promoting scientific and technical education, and research. After coming into power, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to modify the Prime Minister House into a state-of-the-art educational institute.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has appreciated the efforts being made by Ministry of Science and Technology in promoting scientific and technical education and research in the country. The Prime Minister directed that the aspect of value addition in the sphere of agriculture should be accorded priority.
Imran Khan also approved a proposal presented by Minister for Science and Technology and Chairman HEC to select top 15 universities of the country after a due process and accord them elite university status.
Meanwhile, Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtyar, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and other members of the economic team called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Saturday. They discussed economic situation of the country and a detailed roadmap to improve economy.
Matters regarding establishment of National Centres of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Artificial Intelligence and allied technologies and major National Human Resources Development program were also discussed.
Minister for Science & Technology briefed the Prime Minister about various initiatives being taken by the Ministry to promote scientific and technical education, encouraging research and development activities and establishing effective linkages between various government organizations and industry in the field of research in science & technology.
Discussing strengthening of technical training programs, it was noted that there was a need to further strengthen coordination among the relevant organizations involved in technical education and skill development. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts being made by Ministry of Science & Technology in promoting scientific and technical education and research.
The Prime Minister directed that the aspect of value addition in the sphere of agriculture should be accorded priority.
A national level scholarship scheme for the deserving students was also discussed during the meeting. The Prime Minister observed that the scholarship schemes need to be integrated and linked with Ehsas Program so as to enable deserving and competent students complete their studies. The Prime Minister also directed that industries should be encouraged to play greater role in promoting research and development activities.

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