Avenues of Pak-Turkmenistan cooperation in S&T discussed

ISLAMABAD (November 24, 2015): A 3-member high level delegation of Turkmenistan called on Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf (S.I.) on Tuesday and discussed avenues of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan for development of science in the two brotherly countries.

The delegation comprised Turkmenistan Deputy Minister of Education, Turkmen Ambassador Atadjan Movlamov and Turkmenistan’s National Institute of Manuscript Director Dr. Ashyrov Annagurban. Senior officers from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination and PSF were also present.

The delegation is on an official visit to Pakistan for 1st Meeting of Joint Working Group on Cooperation in the fields of Education and Science and Technology (S&T) between Pakistan and Turkmenistan on November 24-26.

The PSF Chairman briefed the delegation about the PSF mandate, programmes and international liaison with S&T organizations of many countries. He said that PSF has signed MoUs of cooperation with S&T organizations of China, Turkey and USA etc. Dr. Ashraf said that PSF was established in 1973 under and Act of Parliament on the pattern of National Science Foundation of USA for promotion, development and funding of scientific research.

Pakistan and Turkmenistan have already signed an Agreement of S&T Cooperation in 1994 and practical steps are needed to materialize this cooperation, he maintained. The delegation was informed that 100 scholarships were available in Pakistan for students of OIC member countries and Turkmenistan can avail its share.

The meeting concluded that education, particularly science education is the only way to the national development and both brotherly countries will take practical measures for cooperation in the fields of education and S&T.

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