Sci­ence to Be­come Driver of De­vel­op­ment

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - SOCIAL INSIDER -

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.

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