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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a meeting along with the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry to discuss the PSDP projects carried out by the Ministry of Science & Technology

Dated : 29 October 2020

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a meeting along with the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry to discuss the PSDP projects carried out by the Ministry of Science & Technology here in Islamabad on Tuesday. Secretary Planning, Secretary Railways and senior officials participated in the meeting.


Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhary informed that Ministry of Science & Technology has a number of high tech, innovative and creative projects/programmes in the pipeline to be launched in near future. These interventions are related to modes of commutation, Research & Development and technical education etc. Asad Umar appreciated the efforts and idea of the MoS&T.


Minister for S&T also shared the proposal of raising the standards of government’s schools through the idea of STEMS (Science Technology Engineering and Maths Schools) in which the syllabus will also be converted into Lab Language. He said that the purpose of making STEM Schools is to enhance the quality of education imparted our children. He said that the Ministry would want to start with around 90 schools and scale up based on financing availability for the projects. A formal project proposal would be presented for approval soon.


Minister for Science & Technology informed that NUTECH under the Ministry was working on developing an unmanned railway project. Minister for Planning directed the Ministry of Railway and NUTECH to work together and prepare the project to be executed with collaboration of the private sector in PPP mode.

Asad Umar said that the cost of all such major initiatives should be estimated and then a summary should be prepared. Prioritized projects/interventions should be furnished to Planning Ministry for further decisions.