Covid-19 pandemic reveals the importance of indigenous science


KARACHI – “The ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of indigenous science for the strength and sustainability of the economic recovery.

This is the right time for Pakistan to build science capacity, and prepare the nation for future challenges.

International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) welcomes as many as 102 new scholars to its internationally famous MPhil and PhD program.”

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi and Coordinator General COMSTECH expressed these views on Friday while addressing the orientation class held for the new students of M. Phil. & Ph.D. program-2020 in the Prof. Salimuzzaman Auditorium. A large number of students, research officers, and faculty members attended the orientation class.

Prof. Choudhary, describing the current pandemic situation, said that it was a fiasco of international support at a time of serious health cases, and countries were left on their own to face the health challenge of an unprecedented magnitude.

The ongoing hard time requires the nation to develop a culture of scientific thinking and rationality, as there is no worst self-deception than thinking of knowing everything, he observed.

He said, “The fact is that learning is based on humility and thrust for knowing.”

Scholars have got an excellent opportunity to get admission in one of the finest research establishments in the world, he added.

Prof. Choudhary welcomed all the students of the new batch-2020 to the internationally famous doctoral program, and said that ICCBS owned a single largest 100 percent merit-based doctoral program in the country with over 600 PhD students, including foreign students from different countries of the world.

Every student needs to know that merit should be the key character of the personality, which is regardless of caste, creed, and color, he pointed out.

As many as 102 admissions have been given in various disciplines of sciences, which included Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Textile Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Molecular Medicine.

Students now will be able to carry out their researches in two internationally famous research centers, namely, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi.

Senior professor Dr. Shaiq Ali, Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf, Dr. Maqsood Ahmed Chotani. Dr. Zaheer Ul-Haq Qasmi and others also spoke on the occasion.

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