The Ministry of Science and Technology (Urdu: وزارت سائنس و ٹیکنالوجی, abbreviated as MoST) is a Cabinet-level ministry of the Government of Pakistan concerned with science and technology in Pakistan and in general, Pakistan's science policy, planning, co-ordination and directing of efforts to initiate and launch scientific and technological programs as well as projects aimed at economic development. The ministry is coordinated by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology and is headquartered in Islamabad.
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The Ministry of science and Technology is the national focal Ministry and enabling arm of the Government of Pakistan for planning, co-ordination and directing efforts to initiate and launch scientific and technological programs and projects aimed at economic development of the country. The Ministry is working on the national agenda to have a sound and sustainable Science and technological research base which would lead to the socio-economic development of the country and to achieve the vision for a better Pakistan.
The principle agenda of the MoST is building Pakistan's technological competence in the 21st century by leap forging into new markets, develop a larger pool of human resource for reverse brain drain and integrate the soft technology infrastructure into hard modern technological base, strengthen technology institutions, effective S & TR governance and enhance the capacity if indigenous innovation systems.
In 1950, the office of Science Adviser was created by former Prime minister Liaqat Ali Khan who sent an invitation to Salimuzzaman Siddiqui to emigrate to Pakistan. An office was set up in Prime minister Secretariat and Siddiqui served as its first Science Adviser. In 1959, Military dictator of Pakistan and then-known as Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army, Field Marshal Ayub Khan moved the office in Presidential Residence. World-renowned scientist Dr. Abdus Salam was appointed as science adviser to the President, who continued as Science Adviser to Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's democratic regime. The post was colloquially known as "President's Science Adviser" till Pakistan's political system was shifted back to Parliamentary democracy system through a constitutional amendment, passed by the Parliament in 1974. The post was renamed as "Prime minister's Science Adviser".
In Pakistan, a Science Adviser is a prestigious and an important tier in Pakistan's science circle. A science adviser is a chief and principal adviser to the Prime minister with a full status of Federal Cabinet minister. A science adviser advises the Prime minister on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs and also mandate to supervise the government-led science and technology and engineering projects in the government agencies and departments. As of today, the director of this office is colloquially known as the "Prime minister's Science Adviser".
The following agencies are situated under the Ministry of Science and Technology:-