PM Imran Khan inaugurates National Science and Technology Park at NUST in Islamabad
Taking another leap forward towards the digital transformation of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated National Science & Technology Park (NSTP) at NUST in Islamabad.
Speaking the launch ceremony on Monday, PM Khan vowed to transform Pakistan into a knowledge economy by equipping the youth with the latest technologies and creating new opportunities for them.
The government has formed a task force headed by Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman to transfrom the country into a knowledge economy, he informed.
Addressing the ceremony, the prime minister urged the youth to “achieve greatness” and stressed that they should not be demoralised when faced with setbacks.
Addressing the youngsters in the audience, PM Khan advised to “Always follow your heart because therein lies passion to achieve greatness,” adding that “You should not be disheartened by any setback you face in life as setbacks alone cannot defeat you.”
Prominent dignitaries at the event included Federal Minister for Science & Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Chief of Army Staff & Chairman NUST Board of Governors Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, NI(M), ministers, Advisors to PM, ambassadors of friendly countries, senior government and renowned industry representatives from across the country, and the Park’s local and international tenants comprising tech giants, high-tech SMEs and startups. A large number of NUST students were also present.
In his address, Federal Minister for Science & Technology commended NUST management on the inauguration of NSTP said that the government had directed its focus on innovative technologies in biotechnology to ensure their tangible contribution to GDP.
Earlier in his welcome address, Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), Rector NUST, extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister for gracing the occasion with his presence. He particularly acknowledged the vision of COAS & Chairman NUST BoG, who approved this project and supported NUST through all stages from its conception to fruition, & also thanked the Federal Minister for his keen interest and support in this national project.
Features of NSTP
The science and technology park will serve as a launchpad for the country’s researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
NSTP has been launched under the overarching theme of “INNOVATE PAKISTAN” – a platform designed to transform innovative ideas into successful products and services, while promoting the culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan. NSTP has tenants belonging to 8 different thematic sectors namely: Agri Tech, Auto Tech, Def Tech, Ed Tech, Energy Tech, Fin Tech, Health Tech and Smart Tech.