LAHORE,Oct 2 (APP): The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has completed 30 need based projects and earned Rs 231.35 million through its commercial activities during 2015-16.

This was stated by Director General of the PCSIR Dr Sakhawat Ali in an exclusive talk with APP here on Sunday.

He said the first time the federal government had given funds and free hand to the PCSIR for Research and Development (R&D).

He said the government had prioritised the need based projects to uplift the national economy.

He lauded the step taken by the government to settle down pay and pension matters of the institution in a suitable manner as well.

Responding to a question about performance of the PCSIR, the DG said the institution had consisted of 10 departments with 16 modern laboratories to test a single imported or exported product of any state run or private institution.

He said all the four provincial capitals had such institution in Karachi,Peshawar,Quetta and Hyderabad to research in different departments while a sub-center of the PCSIR Lahore was working at Dhaska to research in leather material.

Giving details of the projects,the DG said the institution had done work in food,environment,engineering,coal water slurry,bio gas,coating of surgical instruments and making of bio gas from crop residues after chemical treatment.

He said six projects were under pipeline and 25 new projects were going to be started soon.

The PCSIR had provided its professional skill on commercial basis to around 7,075 clients and some 16,493 products during 2015-16, he added.

The PCSIR had been serving students of science in form of their training and internship from public as well as private universities. During the last two years, 450 students had been provided scientific training after getting their professional degrees.

About 105 scientific training workshops were held during the last two years to impart training to professionals in the science and technology sector, the DG added.

In the past when the provincial capital was in grip of dengue threat, the PCSIR had served not only in preparing an anti-dengue lotion but also to cure patients of dengue prepared low-cost syrup, he added.

The institute in future was contemplating to strengthen the industrial linkage through interactions with Chambers of Industry and Commerce by providing them consultancy services regarding the need based projects and to frame strategy to enhance their quality of products either to export or import at their doorsteps.

Responding to a query about the contributing role of the PCSIR to overcome energy crisis, the DG informed that a complete department of the institution had been engaged in this task. As per recommendations of the institution, around 20 per cent saving of electricity could be possible by adopting standardised and quality material, including use of coper wire, in winding material.

In short, the DG said the PCSIR was a national reputable institution and serving the country in research and development of science and technology.