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One Week Advanced Workshop On

Science, Technology and Innovation

October 5-9, 2015

Venue: Business Incubation Center,

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

Islamabad Campus, Park Road Chak Shehzad, Islamabad.


Concept Note

            Science and Technology result in a broad range of impacts on society. If harnessed in a positive way it can bring meaningful change in all aspects of societal activities. The progress achieved in various spheres of human life is manifest from a simple to a more complex range of international interactions. From the advances made in healthcare to managing climate change, science, technology and innovation are playing a critical role. By bringing new ideas to the fore, innovation provides an opportunity for the “exploitation” of those ideas in the market environment and “adding value” to the society in a comprehensive manner. Hence put together science, technology and innovation processes provide solution to multiple problems and further human endeavor towards betterment. As is the case with knowledge in general, science, technology and innovation can be used for destructive purposes as well, for example the negative impact in the form of terrorist attacks using biological agents and other means.

            Consequently the impact of science, technology and innovation depends on the decisions we make as well as on the decision processes we institute for the governance of science and technology and for guiding innovation. Amid the complex and uncertain social and economic conditions of today, the success or failure of STI policy is a key factor. Policy issues for promoting STI include diverse range of subjects such as public subsidies for research and development and industry-academia-government collaboration policy and competition policy and regulations of various kinds. These issues are becoming diversified as they cross beyond the borders of government ministries, other government bodies, technology sectors and other domains. In order to draft a sustainable STI policy under severe fiscal conditions and the demographic trends where in Pakistan we have a young population, it is necessary to incorporate not only system design and policies to support research and development, but also policy elements related to the various processes by which the outcomes of these policies are realized in the society.     

            Therefore, given the central role played by STI in modern society, it is imperative to develop expertise at the interface of science, technology and decision-making. As such the Centre for Policy Studies is offering a one week advanced training programme from October 5-9, 2015 on STI to equip the professionals, practitioners, researchers and other key personnel in the public policy area with the requisite competences. Their capabilities will be enhanced in the planning and execution of STI policy.  The one-week course on STI has been devised keeping in view the need to cultivate human resources with the capability to employ scientific approach in the planning, drafting, execution, evaluation and revision of STI policy. In particular the contents include nexus of science, technology and society, the importance of the local and regional contexts for science, research and innovation, the importance of demand in innovation and relations with other policy areas, an introduction to critical appraisal of Pakistan’s Science and Technology Policy. 

            The training course adopts a participatory approach encouraging interactive lectures followed by intensive discussions, sharing of experiences, practical exercises, case studies, individual and group assignments. Participants will be required to make presentations on relevant subjects either discussed in the programme or those with their hands-on experiences. Following are the modules of the training programme, each 3 hours session in total with half an hour break.  

Contents of Modules

Module I & II (3 Hours Each)

1.      Introduction to Science, Technology and Innovation  (STI):  Basics and Policies

(Dr. Tariq Bashir)

Scientific advances and technological change are important drivers of recent economic performance. Scientific progress has become a more direct driver of the innovation process. This module will focus on key concepts of science, technology and innovation. The aim is to cultivate and train human resource with the capability to employ a scientific approach in the planning, drafting, execution, evaluation and revision of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy as part of overall economic objectives at national and regional level with reference to the Pakistan’s ST&I policy.

1.      National Innovation Systems: Definition, Concept, Theory & Applications

(Dr. Asif  Khurshid)

In recent studies large number of organizations have been stressing in being innovative. Since the late 1980s, the concept of National Innovation System (NIS) has been generally discussed and debated in many studies. According to these studies, NIS is a network between science and technology resources and organization for innovation and collaboration between them. This module will cover the definitions and concepts of NIS, its elements of Local, Regional, National and Supra National.



Module III & IV (3 Hours Each)


1.      ST&I  Indicators and Their Assessment

(Dr. Arabella Bhutto)

Science Technology & Innovation Indicators are developed to be used and, the policy community is the target. This module will enable the participants in assessing the utility of STI indicators currently used and developed by different governments and international organizations. Competition at the level of nations, industries, firms and individuals has stimulated this demand for comparative STI indicators.

2.      R&D  Policy and its Impact on ST&I Policy

(Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir)

This module covers the discussion about the nature and functions of R&D policies in terms of technology generation and innovation. It aims to develop method to formulate policies that will lead to the resolution of real challenges by advancing the basic research and applying the research outcomes to the challenges and policies that will promote the innovation of society by drawing on basic research. In this endeavor, it will be critical to design a multistage process from basic research, to social application of outcomes, to evaluation of that application; to develop methods for measuring the economic and social impact of R&D investment; to build an effective research framework to form policies based on objective evidence; and to ensure proper communication among policy makers, the scientific community and the public in order to promote the application of research findings in society.

Module V & VI

1.      Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(Mr. Muhemmed Ahmed)

This module will equip the participants to navigate the fast evolving field of technology-led business creation. The skill set could carry tremendous value for a wide range of businesses and business functions, and would be a valuable complement to marketing, finance, IT and supply chain expertise. These skills are important to cross functional positions such as new business development and open innovation/ technology scouting/ acquisition. 

2.      Foresight in Innovation Policy

(Mr. Umar Sheraz, Policy Analyst, COMSTECH)

Foresight has evolved as a distinct perspective analytical tool. It considers alternative futures of various S&T fields or socio-economic system by bringing together the perspective of various stakeholder groups and thus assists the decision making processes at different levels. This module will put foresight into this broader context of policy making processes with a particular reference to Innovation Policy. It will also provide knowledge about foresight in Innovation Policy making and assessment/conclusion of technology foresight practice.

Module VII & VIII

  1. Economic Development and Intellectual Property Regimes (IPR)

(Mrs. Nadia Zubair Shah)

Intellectual property field has tremendous implications for developing nations’ Innovation Systems. Rapid growth in technology industry has significantly expanded the range of products and technologies that are covered by proprietary rights. This module will provide an analytical overview of what impact Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) has on economic development.  It will also provide an overview of what IPRs are, how they are governed, and what determines country’s IP regimes. Finally, economic effects of IPR will be discussed in terms of knowledge creation and dissemination, market structures and prices.

2.      Globalization and International Technology Transfer

(Mr. Basit Maqsood Abbasi)

Globalization has drastically improved the access of technological latecomers to advanced technologies and this technological enhancement is very essential for development, providing a unique opportunity for the low income countries to raise per capita income. The development of new technologies has given an opportunity to countries with adequate pools of scientifically and technically trained people to increase the pace of their industrialization. At the same time, many innovations in technologies are occurring through inputs from different disciplines of science, compelling companies to form alliances with other firms and/or universities in their research and development activities. As a result, technology has also changed the patterns of technology transfer as well as changed the pattern of technology transfer which has implications for technological capability building, particularly in the developing countries.

Module IX &X

1.      A Comparative Study of ST&I Policy of Developed and Developing Countries: Case Study of Korea and Pakistan

(Dr. Syeda Tanveer Kausar Naim)

The progress of development in ST&I is intermittent across different countries particularly, in developing ones. In the last two decades, South Korea has witnessed tremendous growth in scientific and technological aspects, bringing it at par with other western economies.  We can compare Pakistan’s ST&I policy 2012 with South Korean STI policy and can learn what are the pros and cons of it to take lessons for future. In this module case studies from the developed and developing countries will be discussed


Participants will be required to give presentation on the topics discussed.

Distribution of Certificates


Day 1: October 5, 2015

Module I & II (3 hours each)

9:30 am-12:30 pm       Introduction to Science, Technology and Innovation (STI):  Basics and Policies

12:30 pm-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm       National Innovation Systems

Day 2: October 6, 2015

Module III and IV (3 hours each)

9:30 am-12:30 pm       STI Indicators and their Assessment

12:30 pm-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm- 4:30 pm        R & D Policy and its Impact on STI Policy

Day 3: October 7, 2015

Module V & VI (3 hours each)

9:30 am-12:30 pm       Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

12:30 pm-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm- 4:30 pm        Foresight in Innovation Policy

Day 4: October 8, 2015

Module VI & VII

9:30 am-12:30 pm       Economic Development and Intellectual Property Regimes

12:30 pm-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm- 4:30 pm        Globalization and International Technology Transfer

Day 5: October 9, 2015 

Module VIII (3 hours)

9:30 am-12:30 pm       A Comparative Study of ST&I Policy of Developed and Developing Countries: Case Study of Korea and Pakistan

12:30 pm-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm- 4:30 pm        Presentations

4:30 pm- 4:40 pm        Distribution of Certificates


Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS)                                       (2 Participants)

National Defence University Islamabad                                                        (3 Participants)

Ministry of Information Technology                                                              (2 Participants)

Ministry of Science and Technology                                                              (2 Participants)

Ministry of National Food Security and Research                                         (3 Participants)

Pakistan Institute of Trade & Development (PITAD)                                   (2 Participants)

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology CIIT                                 (5 Participants)

Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad                                                             (2 Participants)

Iqra University Islamabad                                                                              (2 Participants)

National University of Computer and engineering Sciences  FAST              (2 Participants)

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