Y. Mallikarjun

Golden opportunity for scientists to work together: academician

Pak academy signs agreement on exchange of scientistsIndia spending more on science, says Pak officialAlmost 90 per cent of scientific institutions in Pak are not sensitive and work on pure science'Budget for education under Musharraf Government up'

HYDERABAD: Vice-president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences Iftikhar Ahmad Mallik has called upon India to act as an "elder brother" and open its doors to young Pakistani students and scientists to come and pursue higher studies in institutions in India.

Exchange programmes

Talking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the 93rd Indian Science Congress here on Tuesday, he said that India should allow young Pakistanis to do PhD in all science disciplines, participate in training and exchange programmes.

"You have to open your heart... that attitude has to develop," he said.

In the wake of the improvement of relations between the two countries there is a golden opportunity for scientists and academics to work together," he observed.

Replying to a question, he said that almost 90 per cent of the scientific institutions were not sensitive and work on pure science.

Prof. Mallik who is leading a five-member delegation of scientists, said the Pakistan Academy of Sciences had signed an MoU with its Indian counterpart in New Delhi on Monday to have a mutual exchange of scientists.

He said that India was far advanced than his country in science. "You had a headstart and you are spending more on science."

Exchange of scientists

The reason for lack of exchange of scientists was because the two countries did not talk to each other for the past 50 years. When Pakistan was sending its students to China, the U.S. and the UK why could it not send to them India, he asked.

He said that the budget for education had been increased manifold by the Musharraf Government.