Mr. Muhammad Ashraf, Additional Secretary, MoST was Chief Guest of the Inaugural Ceremony, whereas, Dr. Shahzad Alam, Chairman PCSIR alongwith his senior management was also present at this occasion.
The basic theme of the seminar was to enhance awareness among the local community of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region regarding importance of knowledge based technology development, inventions & innovations achieved by utilizing indigenous resources for economic growth of the country. In the seminar, three potential areas of GB region i.e, Food Preservation/ Processing, Medicinal Plants/ Herbal Resources and Exploitation of Precious Stones/ Minerals & its value addition were focused. In this context, lectures from the relevant technical experts were delivered to the audience.
The Chief Guest of the ceremony emphasized that to come at the level of developed countries, we have to focus on every field of Science & Technology. Likewise by adopting modern post harvest technology we can reduce major income losses in terms of agri-product loss.
Dr. Shahzad Alam in his keynote address disseminated that Research & Development plays a critical role in the innovation process. It has the ability to foresight the future problems and their remedies. It’s essentially an investment in technology & future capabilities which is transformed into new products, processes & services.
At the end, the Chief Guest congratulated the management of PCSIR, especially to Dr. Shahzad Alam, for organizing such a meaningful activity & appreciated the efforts and firm commitment of PCSIR’s scientists/ technologists for contributing in national economy. During the ceremony, souvenirs were also distributed among the resource persons of the seminar.