Robotics Technology R&D rise in Pakistani Universities
ISLAMABAD, May 15 (APP): Research Groups in different
universities are being facilitated and funded to promote Robotics
Technology, announced Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).
Funds are also provided for holding and participation in
international seminars, workshops and contests abroad through
Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and other sources
like ICT R&D Fund, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and HEC's
Official sources on Sunday said the government has taken a
number of policy measures and introduced incentive mechanisms to
promote Robotics Technology during last few years and major amongst
The sources said Research & Development in field of Robotics
is being undertaken by National Institute of Electronics (NIE),
National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) and COMSATS
Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) while Automotive Control
Research Groups, working at these institutes are actively involved
in a number of projects of basic and applied research relevant to
industrial and societal tasks by providing solutions to various
problems to improve quality of life enhance productivity and
The sources said the researchers at CIIT and NUST are
working on projects on visual guided robotic systems for use
in surgery, navigation control, mapping and geometric
representation of environmental parameters.
Moreover, they said a specialized department of Robotics
and Artificial Intelligence at NUST is offering MS and PhD degrees
since 2011 while a National Engineers Robotics Contest is organized
annually at NUST with support from HEC, with objective to train
individuals for engineering services in Pakistan. Cash prizes
are awarded to the winners.
The sources said the R&D Group Working at NIE has been able
to develop programmable logic controllers for use in automatic
industrial controls having vide applications on automation of
mechanical processes in manufacturing industry.
They said robotics as an important discipline of S&T is being
taught at Graduate and Post-graduate levels by more than 60
Universities of Engineering, Sciences and Technology in Pakistan
while efforts have been made for sharing R&D work in fields of
Robotics with organization like Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC)
and other defense related organizations, for wider applications of
Robotics technology in industrial processes.