Professor Atta-ur-Rahman, chairman of the Prime Minister’s task force on science and technology, said that the establishment of the “Pakistan-China Joint Research Center for Nutrition and Health” at the International Center for Chemical Sciences and Biologicals (ICCBS), the University of Karachi is truly valuable and will open up new vistas for researchers to make new discoveries.
A silent revolution in education is underway in Pakistan as the landscape of higher education, science and technology is undergoing a major positive change. He was speaking recently at the joint (online) opening ceremony of the “Pakistan-China Joint Research Center for Nutrition and Health” held at the HEJ Chemistry Research Institute of the University of Karachi.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and Prof. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and General Coordinator of COMSTECH, jointly unveiled the joint research center plaque during the ceremony. It is relevant to mention here that Chinese officials also unveiled the joint center plaque of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China, at the same time as the ceremony. Many Chinese and Pakistani scientists attended the joint ceremony online.
Prof Atta-ur-Rahman said that as a result of numerous projects undertaken by the technology-driven knowledge economy working group set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan in early 2019 under his chairmanship , the higher education, science and technology landscape was undergoing a major positive change.
âThere has been a huge 600% increase in the development budget of the Ministry of Science and Technology over the past three years and projects worth over Rs 100 billion have been approved or are in the final stages of development. approval, âhe informed during the ceremony.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary underlined the importance of bilateral relations between Pakistan and China, and said that decades of relations between the two brotherly countries now translate into institutional collaboration. ICCBS as a center of excellence has an international stature in science and research, he said.
He said that ICCBS – University of Karachi is making a remarkable contribution to its role in research and higher education. He proposed to compile a pharmacopoeia of medicinal plants used in both TCM and traditional Unani medicine. He acknowledged the advice and considerable support of Minister of Health Dr Azra Fazal Pehucho in establishing the binational center.
He said: âICCBS was the only institution in Pakistan, which was not only certified by ISO, but also becameâ UNESCO Category 2 Center of Excellence Institute â.