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MoU between PSF and TÜBİTAK
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions.

TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities. It also acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish Government on science and research issues, and is the secretariat of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology (SCST), the highest S&T policy making body in Turkey.

Setting its vision as to be an innovative, guiding, participating and cooperating institution in the fields of science and technology, which serves for improvement of the life standards of our society and sustainable development of our country, TÜBİTAK not only supports innovation, academic and industrial R&D studies but also in line with national priorities develops scientific and technological policies and manages R&D institutes, carrying on research, technology and development studies.

There are bilateral cooperation agreements with a variety of countries at the intergovernmental or inter-institutional levels. Within the framework of such agreements, common research projects are supported and monitored; financial support is provided for several different types of activities such as common scientific meetings, exchange of scientists, scientific visits.

PSF and TÜBİTAK signed a MoU on 17th of September, 2013 at Ankara, Turkey to strengthen scientific and technological co-operation among Pakistan and Turkey on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. PSF, Pakistan and TÜBİTAK, Turkey will jointly initiate the steps for the improvement of science and technology in both the countries.

Details of the MoU are as under:

  1. PSF, Pakistan and TÜBİTAK, Turkey will initiate Joint Research Development Projects in the following priority areas as per Article 4 of the MoU;
    • Natural Sciences
    • Energy
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering Sciences
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Inventions & Innovations
  2. Exchange of individual scientists for the purpose of conducting research work, exchange of information about ongoing research activities, adaptation of new scientific methods, delivering lectures, establishing new scientific contacts for developing joint projects, attending scientific events;
  3. Joint Research and Development projects, including exchange of results and exchange of scientists, specialists and researchers will be made.
  4. Organizing and participating in joint scientific meetings, seminars, conferences, symposia, courses, workshops, exhibitions etc.
  5. Exchange of scientific and technical results, information and documentations arising from the bilateral scientific and technological cooperation;
  6. Joint use of research and development facilities and scientific equipments;
  7. Other forms of scientific and technological co-operation which may be mutually agreed upon.
  8. PSF, Pakistan and TÜBİTAK, Turkey will collaborate within the context of participation in European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7/Horizon 2020) International Cooperation (INCO) Projects;
  9. The executive details concerning the Cooperation in EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 will be elaborated by the Joint Committee.

Joint Committee Being Formed for Implementation of PSF-TÜBİTAK MoU:
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF and Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, Focal Person of PSF for International Linkages visited Turkey for participation in the “IOSTE Eurasia Regional Symposium & Brokerage Event Horizon 2020”. They also visited the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Ankara, on April 28. They held a meeting with Dr. Orkun Hasekioglu, Vice President of TUBITAK and Harkan Karatas, Director International Cooperation, TUBITAK. Both the sides briefed each other about the programs of their respective organizations and thoroughly discussed various areas of collaboration. It was mutually agreed that a Joint Committee comprising six members (three members each from Pakistan and Turkey) will be formed for implementation of the MoU between PSF and TUBITAK. The Chairman PSF vowed to implement the MoU in letter and spirit. The formation of Joint Committee is also part of the MoU as mentioned in Article 5. Details of Article 5 of the MoU are as under:

  • 5.1) For the purpose of implementing this Protocol, a joint Committee, composed of equal number of representatives designated by the two Parties, shall be established. The tasks of the Joint Committee shall be as follows:
    • Identify the fields of co-operation on the basis of information delivered by institution of each country and the national policies in science and technology.
    • Creating favorable conditions for the implementation of this Protocol;
    • Facilitating the implementation of joint programme and projects;
    • Encouraging exchange of experiences arising from the bilateral scientific and technological co-operation and evaluating proposals for its further development.
  • 5.2) The joint Committee meeting will be arranged by mutual agreement when matter requiring detailed discussions arise. However, the Joint Committee may also operate by correspondence.
  • 5.3) The Joint Committee may elaborate its own rules of procedure.
  • TIKA:

    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF visited Turkey for participation in the “IOSTE Eurasia Regional Symposium & Brokerage Event Horizon 2020”. He also visited the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on April 28. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, Focal Person of PSF for International Linkages accompanied him. They held a meeting with Dr. Rahman Nurdun, Head of Department East and South Asia, Pacific and Latin America, TIKA, Turkey.

    Both the sides briefed each other about programs of their respective organizations and thoroughly discussed various areas of collaboration. Dr. Rahman Nurdun said Head of TIKA Pakistan will soon visit PSF to discuss various ideas that can be materialized for country-based projects. He showed keen interest in launching joint projects in Northern Areas of Pakistan to uplift socio-economic conditions of the common man.

    They also discussed a joint project titled “Pilot Scale demonstration and popularization of dual technology of Bio-Geyser with agro-waste compositing” to overcome sever energy crisis in Pakistan.

    Inquiry Based Science Education Priority Area of IOSTE Symposium in Turkey

    The International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) organized “IOSTE Eurasia Regional Symposium & Brokerage Event Horizon 2020” on April 24-26, 2015 at Istanbul, Turkey for providing information about EU Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and bringing all stakeholders together to promote partnerships. The educationists, scientists and researchers from 30 countries around the world participated in this event. Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) was designated as priority area of working for the promotion of science in this 3-day event.

    PSF in collaboration with Embassy of France, Islamabad has implemented IBSE program in Pakistan and it is the Focal Organization for EU Research and Innovation Program Horizon-2020 in Pakistan.

    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF and Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, Focal Person of PSF for International Linkages visited Turkey and participated in the event to explore more opportunities of cooperation and coordination with Turkey and other EU countries in different disciplines of science. They exchanged views with the participants from other countries about the IBSE method for the teaching of science in other countries and its adoptability. Chairman PSF pledged to avail the opportunity to utilize the experience and knowledge of other countries’ educationists for the improvement of teaching method of science in Pakistan.

    They also tried to identify some partners to promote and support IBSE in Pakistan. Abstracts of the PSF presentation on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in Poster Presentation form were accepted by the organizers.

    During the Symposium, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf and Dr. Mirza Habib Ali presented a paper on “IBSE in Pakistan: Issues in Implementation and Students’ Assessment” on April 24, 2015. The paper highlighted the low literacy rate and extremely low scientific manpower that need in-depth renewal of Education System in Pakistan by introducing new teaching methodologies with emphasis on IBSE. PSF has a strong Network with 15 Sub-Offices in various cities and towns of the country. Almost, all universities are on clientele list of PSF and running research projects funded by it. In addition, PSF has developed contacts with schools at grassroots level for developing science culture in the society. PSF and Academie des science France has signed MoU, mainly for conducting joint activities such as conferences and workshops on IBSE for promotion of science education.

    As a follow-up of the symposium in Turkey, PSF will organize an international seminar on IBSE in Pakistan. Scientists and educationists from England, Turkey and France will be invited to train educationists and scientists about IBSE proposals preparation in order to get funding available from Horizon – 2020 for IBSE.

    Chairman PSF Calls on Turkish Ambassador

    Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) will initiate collaboration in science and technology.

    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF, held a meeting with H.E. Sadik Babür Girgin, Ambassador of Turkey at the Turkish Embassy on April 20, 2015. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, PSF’s Focal Person for International Linkages and R. Demet Sekercioglu, Deputy Head of Mission also attended the meeting. Dr. Ashraf apprised the Ambassador about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on scientific collaboration between PSF and TUBITAK.

    The PSF Chairman and the Turkish Ambassador discussed initiation of joint research projects by the Foundation and TUBITAK. The PSF Chairman said he would shortly visit Turkey for implementation of the MoU.

    The Turkish Ambassador assured the PSF Chairman that he would extend his full support in developing and strengthening the science and technology linkages between the two brotherly countries.

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