In the domain of human resource development, the number of Ph.D. and M.Sc. research theses supervision is, respectively, well over a hundred and a thousand, PCSIR is also running its own degree awarding Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering (IIEE) and diploma level Pak Swiss Training Centre (PSTC). The number of graduates and trainees from IIEE is around one thousand. About 2000 students have additionally received diplomas and certificates in different industrial technologies and the same number were awarded short-term certificates.During the last two years, PCSIR has developed 226 processes, obtained 23 technological patents, published 325 Scientific Papers, arranged 20 Training Courses, provide research and supervision facilities to 50 Scientists for M.Phil/Ph.D degrees, served more than 5000 Industries and repaired 2000 equipment worth the replacement cost of Rs. 2.5 billion. 18 Projects of national importance amounting to Rs. 650 million received approval in 2001-2002 from Government of Pakistan, 6 out of which have been already completed, while 4 are expected to be completed during the current financial year. PCSIR has established Analytical Centres in its laboratories at Karachi, Lahore and lslamabad to extend support the local Industries for analysis of their raw materials, finish products and wastes, which is a requirement for ISO certification and WTO obligations. These centres have necessary infrastructure in terms of equipment and manpower for environmental assessment and other monitoring, including analysis of goods for export/import purposes. Among the specific recognition accorded to PCSIR in this domain are by Saudi Arabian Standards Organizations, Japanese Ministry of Health, ISO-9001 and has been recommended for award of ISO-17025. This facility is being used by importers and exporters for the quality certification of products in large numbers, which on a daily basis ranges between 80-100 at each PCSIR laboratory located in different parts of the country.Realizing the wide application of rubber products in the country, a new centre has been established at the Karachi unit of PCSIR for the development and testing of rubber and allied products. For meeting the equipment needs of universities/R&D organizations, PCSIR has embarked upon the production of low cost laboratory equipment, such as pH meter, UV visible spectrophotometer, Incubators, Oven, furnaces, Shakers, etc., at Karachi and Lahore laboratories. In the area of environmental protection, PCSIR has established, in collaboration with a private entrepreneur, facilities for manufacturing of hospital waste incinerator having the capacity of destroying 100-200 kg waste per hour. Under the programme, PCSIR plans to fabricate 56 incinerators during the next 2 years. PCSIR is also helping local industries for designing and setting up to waste water treatment plants.
PCSIR future vision includes the development of technological centres in different disciplines in various parts of the country and creation of effective linkages between industry and PCSIR. The vision is proposed to be achieved through two projects, namely, upgrading of Minerals and Metallurgy Research Centre to the level of Technology Institute of Pakistan on Minerals and Material sand PCSIR-Industrial Linkage Programme recommended by CDWP for ECNEC approval. Completion of these important national projects will meet the needs of the local industry for ISO certification and WTO obligations.Among the most important futuristic initiatives for the commercialization of technologies, PCSIR is planning to take a bold decision of setting up a variant version of Technology Business Incubators (TBIs). Through these TBIs, PCSIR is aiming at popularization of its technologies in an innovative approach. These TBIs will function as pilot plants for the demonstration of technological processes developed by its scientists. These are anticipated to attract venture capital form SMEs in a science and technology cooperative mode. The approach is being designed to attract such SMEs who have either shy of investing in technologies or do not have sufficient venture capital resources of their own. On successful completion of this endeavour, PCSIR hopes to spearhead a new wave of small and cottage scale industrial entrepreneurship in the country. This will create a large volume of job opportunities, generate several spin-off industries, and make a boastful contribution to the growth of national economy. Date of Issue (March 31, 2003)