ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that solution to many of the country’s gravest problems lies in research and thinking as only an “informed and aware” Pakistan can scale the heights of development.

He said this while addressing the 15th National Research Conference organized by the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad Campus.

The ceremony was organized with an aim to present the research work of the students in the field of Management Sciences, Social Sciences and Computer Sciences to the experts so that the research conducted by the students can be evaluated and discussed and can be utilized to benefit wide range of sectors. Kaira was of the view that problems such as religious extremism, unemployment, illiteracy and poverty are largely the result of “stagnant thinking” and added that broadening of vision is imperative if Pakistan has to rid itself of these lingering issues.

The minister said, “Research is not something only related to books and curriculum rather it’s about exploring, discovering and uncovering new elements and this should be practiced in all fields of life including religion and socio-economic spheres”.

Guest of honour of the ceremony, President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Javed Akhter Bhatti, while sharing his views, said that his institution is working quite actively to promote research culture by providing students and young thinkers a plat form to share their research work in the field of Telecom, Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences in order to foster a collective growth.

The event was attended by intellectuals and experts belonging to different walks of life including President Pakistan Rotary Club Nasir Mirza, Director Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) Fozia Malik, Director SZABIST Syed Asad Hussain, representatives from government sector, corporate sector, social sector and a number of students.

On the occasion SZABIST also signed MoUs with two organizations - Rotary Club Islamabad and HRDN - which are aimed at curtailing unemployment all over the country with special focus on youth. Objectives of these MoUs would include providing the would-be students entrepreneurs infrastructure, skill orientation, and business management skills.