Islamabad, March 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Intel Pakistan joined hands to promote science activities in the country by signing a Memorandum of Understanding here at PSF on Tuesday.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Mr. Naveed Siraj signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar was the Chief Guest who witnessed the signing ceremony to encourage both the organizations in their science promotional pursuits.
A large number of scientists from different organizations and media persons were present on this occasion.
Under the MoU, both the organizations will work together to implement the Intel Science Fairs Program all across Pakistan for the betterment of economic condition of the masses by creating awareness, promoting and popularization of research in sciences and mathematics through mutual collaborative activities, aiming to infuse a stronger spirit of discovery in schoolchildren and to increase their interest in science and technology. Science fair will help to achieve this purpose, thus strengthening science education at pre-college level.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Tarar said PSF-Intel Pakistan collaboration is a welcoming example of public-private partnership for a national cause to achieve the goals of science and technology promotion in the country. He lauded Intel Pakistan and PSF role in betterment of the society through science promotional activities among students.
He thanked both the organizations and assured full support of the Ministry of Science and Technology in their science education activities. The Secretary said it is a very happy moment that Intel Pakistan, a private sector organization as a corporate social responsibility has extended a hand for jointly executing educational activities program already being undertaken by PSF.
He also spoke on PSF’s International Science Expo programme being carried on in collaboration with Embassy of France. He also highlighted MoST’s entrepreneurship program and Research Commercialization Cell activities.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro said Intel and PSF are working together for the past many years and the Foundation is helping Intel in science fairs by providing science experts as judges of the fairs.
The Chairman said PSF in collaboration with France Embassy launched 5th International Travelling Expo titled “Energy for a Sustainable World” in Pakistan on March 1 by organizing the Exhibition at National Centre for Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He invited students and teachers to visit the Expo which will remain open here till March 7 and then move to other major cities.
Intel Country Manager Mr. Naveed Siraj said though Intel is a private sector entity their education initiative is focused on public sector educational institutions. He said PSF always encouraged and patronized their activities by helping through different means.
Khadija Bashir, Project Manager, Education Initiative, Intel Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), established in 1973 through an Act of Parliament, working under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), is a premier agency for promotion of science and technology in the country through a number of programmes including funding for scientific and technological research, Academia-Industry Linkages for Applied Research Projects, popularization of science through Science Caravans, S and T Fairs and Travelling Expos, Establishment of Science Centres and Museums and Introduction of inquiry-based science education concept in educational institutions of the country.
Later, the Chief Guest awarded shields to scientists who performed duty as judges of the Intel Science Fair.
Intel Pakistan is a subsidiary company of Intel Corporation, founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products. Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first microprocessor in 1971 and today, along with its subsidiaries, it not only provides hardware solutions but is also a leading player in the wireless and networking space. Intel has been developing technology enabling the computer and internet revolution that has changed the world.
Intel Pakistan as a social corporate responsibility also undertakes educational activities including science competitions and science fairs in Pakistan. Intel Education Programmes are focused on incorporating research-based learning at an early age so that children can develop 21st century skills and compete effectively in the knowledge-based economy in future.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Mr. Naveed Siraj sign the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations, while Secretary MoST Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar witnesses the singing of MoU.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Mr. Naveed Siraj exchange documents after signing the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations, while Secretary MoST Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar is also present.
Secretary MoST Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Mr. Naveed Siraj at the signing ceremony of MoU between PSF and Intel Pakistan.
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