1st Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Public Health & Sanitation

The meeting was held on 14th April, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's participated in the meeting.

1st Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Public Health & Sanitation

The meeting was held on 14th April, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's participated in the meeting.

2nd Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Marine Resources

The meeting was held on 26th February, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's participated in the meeting.

The launching ceremony of National Mega Innovation and Entrepreneurship Event titled "DICE 2015" will be held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on 29 Jan 2015.

Chairman PCST, Prof Dr Anwar ul Hassan Gilani was addressed the inaugural session.

PCST Innovation Awards – 2014’

PCST is pleased to announce initiation of new award. Applications are invited from all over Pakistan

National Consultative Workshop on STI Strategy 2014-18 and Launching of Technology Foresight Reports, Book on GM Food and Directory of PSP

The workshop was held on June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am in Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.

The 3rd Technology Foresight Expert Panel meeting on Nanotechnology

The meeting was held on 5th May, 2014 at 10:00 am in PCST. 13 panel members attended the meeting.

Seminar on "Applications of Nanotechnology in Textile Sector"

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), in collaboration with Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), organized a Seminar on "Applications of Nanotechnology in Textile Sector" at Faisalabad on 21st April 2014.

Seminar on "Applications of Nanotechnology in Textile Sector"

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), in collaboration with Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), organized a Seminar on "Applications of Nanotechnology in Textile Sector" at Faisalabad on 21st April 2014.

Consultative Workshops on “Encouraging Problem-Solving Research”

The main purpose of these workshops is to inspire and encourage R&D directed towards solving problems of the industry and society. First workshop of the series was held at Lahore on 15th April 2014.

Consultative Workshops on “Encouraging Problem-Solving Research”

The main purpose of these workshops is to inspire and encourage R&D directed towards solving problems of the industry and society. First workshop of the series was held at Lahore on 15th April 2014.

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Research Productivity Awards



Considering the fact that the Universities, as well as the R&D organizations are experiencing problems of retaining high quality S&T manpower, NCST, in its 2nd meeting, decided, inter-alia, that the salaries of highly qualified Scientists and Technologists should be brought at par with those prevailing in Industry, so as to attract the brightest students to opt for careers in various Scientific and Technological fields. The Ministry of Science and Technology, in consultation with PCST, decided to grant Research Productivity Allowance to active scientists on the basis of their publications in international Journals and their performance, as evaluated empirically by Journal Impact Factors, Citations and Peer Review.

RPA scheme from 2001-02 to 2009-10.

The scheme for award of RPA to productive scientists and engineers was introduced in year 2001-2002. The first criteria approved by the Finance Division for disbursement of the RPA was:-

Category of Scientist

[Impact Factor (50%)] + [Citation Index (50%)]

Amount/ Month/ Person (Rs.)

A

300+

100,000

B

201-300

75,000

C

151-200

50,000

D

101-150

30,000

E

51-100

17,000

F

21-50

10,000

G

5-20

5,000

Evaluation of research was based on following parameters:

  1. Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
  2. National Citation Index (NCI)

Revised RPA scheme from 2010-11 to 2011-12.

In order to broaden the scope and to include applied research in the scheme in year 2009, the committee was constituted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to revise the criteria. The revised criteria for the award of RPA as recommended by the review committee headed by Dr. Qasim Jan was approved by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology. The scheme was rationalized to broaden its base on the basis of annually achievable JIF+CI scores. The following categorization based on JIF+CI scores and the corresponding amounts of the award persuaded was:
Category

Impact Factor + Citation Index + Applied Research Output

Amount / Annum

(Rs)

A

30.000 and above

350,000

B

25.000 - 29.999

250,000

C

20.000 - 24.999

200,000

D

15.000 - 19.999

150,000

E

10.000 - 14.999

100,000

F

5.000 - 9.999

75,000

G

1.000 - 4.999

50,000

The scheme was renamed as Research Productivity Award, as it is an award by an independent agency and not an allowance paid by the parent organization. The output of applied research in the form of products and processes that are patented nationally or internationally and approved crop varieties were also considered.
Researchers working in the universities and institutions in the private sector and Foreign faculty working in Pakistani universities in the private as well as the public sector were also considered eligible for RPA, as their research papers published from Pakistani institutions contribute to the total number of international research publications from the country and it encourage the institutions in the private sector to give more emphasis to research, which would eventually lead to raising the quality of education in these institutions.

2013-14 REVISED CRITERIA FOR THE SCHEME OF RPA:

A committee constituted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to evaluate and review the scheme of Research Productivity Award under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Atta-ur- Rahman (FRS, TI, SI HI, NI), Patron-in-Chief, University of Karachi revised the criteria of Research Productivity Award (RPA).


The new scoring of the RPA criteria would include:

  • International Books
  • Patents Granted
  • Research Supervision
  • Research Grants Won
  • International Publications
  • Applied Research Output

New applications have been evaluated based on this new criteria.

STATISTICS:

RPA Year

Number of Scientists

Total Amount (Rs. Million)

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

2001-02

6

6

9

5

35

75

157

45.39

2002-03

4

12

14

24

52

108

183

-

2003-04

-

1

4

9

23

67

168

29.49

2004-05

-

1

2

13

26

44

146

26.28

2005-06

-

2

2

3

21

48

145

23.01

2006-07

-

-

3

3

17

50

155

21.75

2007-08

-

-

3

4

15

50

157

21.81

2008-09

-

1

1

5

10

47

184

21.308

2009-10

14

8

7

13

36

73

264

-

2010-11

26

16

8

12

38

103

299

32.231

2011-12

45

11

16

31

52

136

522

22.119

2012-13

47

10

21

36

66

196

637

22.073

Total

142 (2.92%)

68 (1.39%)

90 (1.85%)

158 (3.25%)

391 (8.04%)

997 (20.51%)

3017 (62.05%)

265.461


Category wise presentation of total eligible scientists in each RPA year

Number of total scientists applied for RPA V/s Number of eligible scientists.

 

Discipline wise total number of eligible scientists for RPA for the period 2001-2012

 

A study carried out by RE Section officials can be found by click here.

Chairman
Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani
Ibn-i-Sina
Ibn-i-Sina (Avicenna, 980-1037 C.E.)
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