Islamabad: President Arif Alvi stated on Thursday that adopting the latest technology and preparing for the fourth industrial revolution is the best way for Pakistan to achieve its prosperity goals.
In his speech at the 7th International Conference on Aerospace Science and Engineering (ICASE) held by the Institute of Science and Technology, he said that as the world’s fifth largest human resource, it is very important for Pakistan to increase its technological footprint.
Activities organized by the National GIS (Geographic Information Science) and Space Application Center have foreign and local scientists participating and discuss multiple topics, including aviation, space science, materials science and engineering, avionics, remote sensing, and geoinformatics.
President Alvi said that the study of space, galaxies and various other astronomical phenomena is a centuries-old endeavor, intertwined with the development of human society.
He stated that resistance to new technologies hindered the development process and emphasized the need for scientific research on cutting-edge space science to meet the challenges of the contemporary world.
He mentioned the utility of space science in daily life and added that improving technical and professional capabilities in climate change can help control the adverse effects of Pakistan as one of the most vulnerable countries.
In addition, he said that fields including food security, agriculture, crop models, and the environment can also benefit from research in space science and geoinformatics.
Dr Alvi said the past century had been host to many technological advancements resulting in a gradual progression towards the betterment of society.
He emphasized strengthening scientific and theoretical foundations to create professionals with the thorough capability of applying the knowledge for research, analysis, and design.
He expressed confidence that IST would equip its students with specialized education in the fields of engineering and space science to address the emerging national and global issues in the said fields.
Vice Chancellor IST Maj Gen (retd) Rehan Abdul Baqi said space sciences had become a field of paramount importance the world over and Pakistan was no exception.
He said that since 2002, IST has been committed to cultivating intellectual and economic vitality through teaching, research and promotion in the field of space science and technology to improve the quality of life.
ICASE Secretary Dr. Najam Abbas Naqvi stated that the college aims to provide excellent quality education to different groups of domestic and international students.