CAIRO: The new constitution paves the way for a promising future in scientific research in Egypt, president of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Maged el-Sherbiny told The Cairo Post Sunday.
Sherbiny said that the allocation of 1 percent of the gross domestic product for scientific research, as outlined in the constitution, is a good step under the current economic situation.
“Budget of scientific research was not exploited,” he said, saying that 15 million EGP ($2.2 million) was allocated for scientific research per year; 12 million for salaries and 3 million for research.
In a Saturday interview on Honest Channel on Saturday, Sherbiny commented on the controversy that arouse over the device developed by the engineering department of the Armed Forces that can allegedly cure aids and hepatitis C.
“The aids device is internationally patented but the military cannot announce this to avoid controversy,” he said.
Head of the patent office at the Scientific Research Academy, Adel al-Said, told The Cairo Post Sunday that the government has provided communication channels inside universities and research centers in order to better communicate with students.
Said announced the establishment of the National Intellectual Property Institute within one year in cooperation with Helwan University. He added that the academy will offer Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
The patent office receives around 2000 patent applications per year, of which 90 percent presented by foreigners and only 10 percent by Egyptians, according to Said. He pointed out that the office is tasked with keeping patents for 20 years, and then it will become public property.