13th International Symposium begins
54% of Pakistani nation is below age of 19: moot told
By Ahtesham Azhar
KARACHI: Experts at the 13th International Symposium have said that now the progress of nations in the world is measured with reference to the education, which are known for their achievements in education, health, science and technologies.
They expressed these views while addressing an inaugural ceremony of four-day 13th International Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry, held on Saturday, under the aegis of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and University of Karachi (KU). About 600 delegates from 40 countries are participating in the global moot, inaugurated by KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser. Former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, Dean Faculty of Sciences Prof Dr Nusrat Jameel, Managing Trustee Muhammad Hussain Panjwani Memorial Trust Nadira Pujwani, Chairmn Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation, Aziz Latif Jamal and Dr Ghulam Musharraf, Prof Dr Ahsan Dar addressed the ceremony.
They further said that around 54 per cent of Pakistani nation was below the age of 19, which is the real wealth of the country. “Science can bridge the gape between people of different races, languages, countries and regions.”
Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman said that science could make all countries closer in the world, which was the miracle of science. “Knowledge is the only key driver to get socio-economic progress in the world.”
He said, “Pakistani population is attributed with the large segment of youth, which is the real wealth of the country. Strong educational and research institutions play a crucial role in the development of any nation by providing world class human resources.”
Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry said ICCBS had become the largest and finest institutions in this region. In last two years, we increased our Ph D enrolment from 310 to 480, expanded our international collaboration with twenty three new MoUs, welcomed over 180 foreign scholars from some 50 nations, published over 600 international research papers, patented 20 new findings internationally and established several new institutions, he added.
“The aim of the symposium was to bring together the leading experts in the field of natural products sciences from all around the world and form global partnership for sustainable utilisation of natural resources for the common benefits of humanity and rapid development of the countries in the south,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the symposium, the KU Vice Chancellor said that there was dire need to make our country stronger through science and technology to fight against the enemies of the country and humanity.
He said, “In today’s world, nations are known for their achievements in education. Development is no more considered to be the development of infrastructure, roads, dams and bridges. The whole notion of development has been changed. It is now defined and measured with reference to the education, enlightenment, tolerance, self-fulfillment and productivity. Karachi University has many finest institutions like ICCBS, which comprises HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicines and Drug Research (PCMD).”