Science to Become Driver of Development
Last week, the Institute of Plant Substances Chemistry hosted a quite candid dialogue between President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and representatives of the country’s academic community. The meeting helped outline the vision of the sides in the development of science.
The head of our state opened the meeting with words: “After a 22-year break, we have prepared new academics. I consider it a big mistake that for a quarter of a century the Academy of Sciences had not been paid attention. If we do not commit to intensive and progressive development, we will not be able to catch up with other countries.”
As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted, environment conducive for the advancement of science had not been created in the country until now. From now on, part of the foreign investments attracted to Uzbekistan will be directed to the growth of science and training of academic personnel.
“It will be correct to say that we did not think about the future of our people, did not create conditions for young people to strive for education,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said. “Of the attracted $ 100 of investments to Uzbekistan, 10 should go for the development of science, $ 5 - for the development of scientific cadres.”
The Ministry of Innovative Development was created to provide support to the academia, attract investments to science and education, and become a bridge for scienceintensive Uzbek products to enter the market, the President underscored.
Representatives of Uzbekistan’s scholarly community during the meeting with the head of state pushed forward a number of proposals on the development of science in the country and raised the challenges they have faced.
Doctor of Technical Sciences Shomansur Sagdullayev proposed to set up a GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) center for preclinical research in the country for more effective research in the field of the chemistry of plant substances.
Director of the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Doctor of Chemical Sciences Bakhtiyor Zakirov informed that the main building of the Institute was not renovated for 22 years, and the technology building had not been repaired for 44 years. The last time an employee of the Institute was allocated housing was in 1987. The professor thanked the President for assigning 3.2 billion soums for the reconstruction of the Institute, $ 1.24 million for the purchase of equipment and reagents, as well as for granting preferential apartments to young scientists.
Director of the Institute of Botany, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Komiljon Tadjibaev spoke about the potential and value of the Central Herbarium for Uzbekistan, which since 1840 has been a repository of unique collections of world-wide scale, collected from different continents owing to the works of several generations of scientists. He suggested that the Central Herbarium be granted a national status. “There is no such herbarium in the world. If it is given the status of a national herbarium, it will be a sign of the state’s high attention to this sphere, and in the future it will serve as a tourist facility, become the pride of our nation.”
Director of the Institute of Immunology, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Tamara Aripova said that the Institute is ready to treat diabetes using cellular technologies that can be introduced into the national clinics.
Dozens of interesting proposals were raised during the meeting with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. And now it’s time to spearhead the most critical and essential efforts.