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5TH INT'L WORKSHOP FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN NEMATOLOGY- KU making all efforts to promote science in Pakistan: Dr Ajmal.

KARACHI -- Prof Dr Mohammad Ajmal Khan, Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi has said that the university is making all efforts to promote science in the country for the sustainable development.

He was delivering his presidential address at the '5th International Workshop for Capacity Building in Nematology', jointly organized by National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi, ECO Science Foundation and Pakistan Society of Nematologist held at the Professor Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, HEJ, Karachi University here on Monday.

Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Operations and Planning member Dr Raza Bhatti, Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), and others also speak on the occasion.

Prof. Dr. Ajmal Khan welcomed the national and international participants to the international workshop, said the university played an imperative role in promotion of higher education in the country. Every person who is associated with University of Karachi is required to play its role for betterment of the University. He said that varsity recently organized the country's largest convocation. He asked the University's faculty to increase their research publications as it is also a tool to measure excellence of the universities in the modern times.

Dr Raza Bhatti said that said that journey of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan was started 15 years back. The success of the commission is the results of enormous uphill struggle. He said that HEC was focusing on the human development. The commission does funding for collaborative research, research projects and joint research programs.

Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Prof Dr Mohammad Ashraf while lauding the academic and research activities of NNRC said that NNRC has conducted a highly commendable campaign against the menace of nematode infection of agricultural crops. It has also made significant contribution in research pertaining to nematological problems and has produced trained manpower in nematology.

'PSF has a long association with NNRC since last 30 years having successful joint research projects and I congratulate NNRC for having such a pertinent workshop', he added.

Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro said that the promotion of improved methods in the teaching of science was one of the prime initiatives of ECO foundation. The ECO focuses on the evaluation of the existing training facilities in the region and formulation of training programmes for building up highly skilled scientific and technical manpower, he said that maintained that the foundation also designed programmes to strengthen the scientific, engineering and research and development institutions.

Generating new knowledge and turning it into new innovative solutions is crucial to maintain and enhance the competitiveness in today's S and T based global world, he said.

Giving the welcome address, Prof Dr Shahina Fayyaz, Director NNRC KU said that Pakistan is an agricultural country effective improvement in the agricultural productivity depends on appropriate crop protection from pests and diseases.

While describing the National Nematological Research Center, University of Karachi Dr. Shahina Fayyaz informed that the center was founded in 1973 in the old buildings of barracks of KU while the publication of an internationally reputed, Pakistan Journal of Nematology was initiated in 1983 by Dr M.A. Maqbool and Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghaffar. M.Phil. /PhD. program was launched in Nematology in 2009. More than 1000 research papers have been published in national and international reputed journals by the center. The center has produced 18 PhDs and 4 M.Phil.'s. The center has close linkages with 50 national and international universities and institute for joint collaborative research work.
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