KARACHI- Scientists and educationists at the NASIC (Network of Academies of Sciences in Islamic Countries) Workshop have said that Pakistan is like a “bread basket” that provides large amounts of food to various countries of the world.
The country has 97 million young population under the age of 20, which is the greatest wealth; under Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made immense progress during the last decade, while sending 20,000 PhD scholars for training abroad as a part of this development, they said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of “The NASIC Workshop on Modern Spectroscopic Techniques and Their Applications in Structure Determination” held at Dr. Saleem-uz-Zaman Siddiqui Auditorium of ICCBS here on Monday morning.
The 3-day workshop was organised by International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU) and Network of Academies of Sciences in Islamic Countries. About 40 foreign scientists are attending the international event.
Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser inaugurated the workshop and delivered a key note, while President Pakistan Academy of Sciences/ Network of Academies of Sciences in Islamic Countries (NASIC) Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary General NASIC Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, Prof. Dr David Smith of USA, Prof. Dr Christian Betzel of Germany, Dr. Huma Aslam Bhatti and Dr. Attia-tul-Wahab of ICCBS also spoke on the occasion.
The vice chancellor said that was a national honour for the University of Karachi that more than 35 students from OIC countries and also students from the developed countries like Germany were getting research training at ICCBS-UoK. He pointed out that the remarkable performance of ICCBS revealed the excellence of the University.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman said that without paying a penny, students and researchers could avail education from Harvard University, a Ivy League institute, at anytime and from anywhere in Pakistan and across the world.
He said that LEJ Knowledge Hub was set to offer thousands of full-time courses, skill development modules, research-based lectures, and online mentoring sessions through conjoining top-notch global resources, including MIT Open Courseware, a Harvard University initiative called Udacity, MIT’s Khan Academy, Open Yale Courses offered by Yale University and Stanford Engineering Everywhere, the brainchild of Stanford School of Engineering.
Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, explaining the objectives of NASIC, said that there were two main purposes of this organization; one is to setup academy of sciences in those Islamic countries where these academies were not available, while the second main objective was to create coordination among these academies.
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said that during the last one decade the country was witness of remarkable progress in the field of science and higher education. He said that Pakistan was one of the greatest countries in the world in term of having remarkable agrarian productions, finest human resource, tradition of hospitality, diversity of plants, dissimilar weather and various qualities.
He also expressed hope that students from these regions would gain immensely from participating in this meeting and interacting with international experts.
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