Funds shortage mars PCSIR test system


KARACHI: Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Karachi, a largest scientific laboratory in Pakistan, is facing funds’ shortage, affecting laboratory research work at vast level. The laboratory has no enough funds to make available chemicals to conduct different tests including industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical, leather, coal, food, minerals and metallurgy, glass and ceramics, drugs, and many others.

PCSIR does not take samples from the industrial zones due to unavailability of chemicals for conducting tests. No security measures have been taken for the organisation and its employees despite severe security threats, particularly after recent bus attack in Safoora Goth.

The sources revealed to PPI that all PCSIR units come under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, and now the situation has become worse when the ministry made its all 12 PCSIRs accounts centralized and fixed amount has been issued to run its internal expenditure including the chemicals and its maintenance.

The PCSIR Karachi comprises Applied Chemistry and Research Centre, Pharmaceutical Research Center, Food Marine Resource Research Centre, Center for Environmental Studies, and some other. These centers have been hit by unavailability of chemicals, and a particular gas used during research work.

Due to funds’ shortage, PCSRs administration is rejecting hundreds of samples which arrive for test at the laboratory, and hence loses sufficient amount which comes from these tests. The organisations have now been compelled to send their test samples to private laboratories, which are small and even not qualified.

This also harms Pakistan’s ecomomy as millions of rupees have not been submitted into government treasury. It also affects the laboratory research work at huge level.

The sources also told that the departmental promotion had also been stopped since last 10 years. Senior scientists and other officers are leaving the department when they get chance to switch into other institutions only because they have not been promoted.

Meanwhile, PCSIRs Security Officer Zulifquar Dhakan told PPI that PCSIR Karachi had been informed by the chairman office’s office in Islamabad to take extra measures for security in the laboratory amid security threats. He regretted that he had no enough guards to manage three shifts. He said there are sick leave, emergency leave and others so its very hard to fulfill the orders.