Nanotechnology is drawing the attention and resources of the world powers and Pakistan, too, will have to get serious about investing in the technology if it is to gain a parallel footing.
This was said by Dr Noor Muhammad Butt, former Chairperson of National Commission on Nano-Science and Technology, said a press release on Sunday.
He was speaking at the “National Symposium on Frontiers in Nanotechnology” at the National University of Science and Technology on Saturday. Around 300 participants from more than 20 universities in 12 cities attended the event.
Dr Butt took the audience through a tour of the birth, evolution and future prospects of nanotechnology, relating how it roots from basic science and impacts all major fields.
Imtiaz Rastgar, founder of Rastgar enterprises, stressed on the importance of commercialising technologies, saying this is “required to make a product out of an idea”.
NUST Pro-Rector Muhammad Shahid encouraged the audience to keep their “minds open”.
Other notable scientists and academics from NUST, GIKI, LUMS, COMSATS and PCSIR also spoke at the event.
The second part of the event comprised of a poster competition with entries from over 20 institutes to present cutting edge researches and technologies. Their presentations were judged by a dexterous panel of guest scientists.
The closing ceremony was chaired by Dr Samar Mubarakmand. The symposium was organised by the NUST Science Society.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2012.