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Research is not given due importance in Pakistan: Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary

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KARACHI: Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Director International Center for Chemical & Biological Sciences) has lamented that despite knowing the value of research work it was not given due importance and that had led to intellectual crisis in Pakistan.  

Dr. Choudhary was speaking as guest of honor on the occasion of 9th Annual Research Day held here today at Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Auditorium, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).

The celebrated scientist, however, optimistically noted that there were some people and fund-raising organizations “who are passionate to spend on research work over recent developments and are providing funds for multi-disciplinary topics.

“What would be more catastrophic than having people claiming and making dictum without any reference of the past history or any book? Despite of being the 5th largest population as Pakistani, we are having our intellectual people migrating to other countries benefiting them instead of us.” Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary added.

Stressing on the need to promote research work and to support research culture among students Dr. Choudhary opined young dynamic students should be provided right platform in order to increase their capabilities to be more subsistent among other nations.

Dr. Choudhary pointed out that it was due to the endless efforts and endeavors of Dr. Saleemuzaman Siddiqui that HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry had become a significant institute for scientific developments: “We look forward to establish many such institutions in future”, he concluded.  

Vice Chancellor, DUHS Prof. Dr. Mohammad Saeed Quraishi, while addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience stated that research was the back bone of any university and distinguished it from a college: “It is the prime duty of the students to get benefit from the research platform that Dow University has provided them and take it to the highest level by increasing the efficacy and capability of the newer generation through the knowledge of new developments and research culture”.

The VC also emphasized upon the need to enhance the capabilities of the youth so that they might continue upon their endeavors in future.

Conspicuous among others, besides senior faculty members and students, there were Engineer Jawed Memon (Regional Director, Higher Education Commission), Mohammad Masroor Pro-VC DUHS, Prof. Dr. Amanullah Abbasi (Registrar), Prof. Dr. Zarnaz Wahid (Principal Dow International Medical College), Nadeem Shakoor Jaweri (Director Finance).

According to details the Research Day showcased presentations by a thousand researchers. DUHS’ Assitt. Prof. Asif Qureishi bagged the first prize. He was followed by Syeda Sadia Fatima from Aga Khan University and Sania Shabbir from Federal Urdu University who were awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

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Miners’ children to get scholarships

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PESHAWAR: The KP Government has planned to award a scholarship to students of miners children studying in top professional colleges and universities of the province so that they could continue their studies without any financial constraints.
The children of miners reading in medical colleges, engineering universities, Doctors Veterinary Medicines (DVMs) and agriculture universities would get merit scholarship as per PM Imran Khan’s vision to provide quality education to all.
The children of miners of KP studying in art and architecture, finance arts, textile and other professional colleges and institutes in the country would also get the scholarship, officials in KP Mines and Mineral Department told APP on Sunday.
Apart from scholarship, interest-free loans would be provided to mining leaseholders for mechanization of mining activities for marble and granite in the province.
The KP Govt has chalked out a comprehensive plan to strengthen mines and mineral sector with special focus on the provision of interest-free loans to miners for the purchase of modern machinery necessary for exploration and increasing production, provision of quality education and health services to their families and children at top institutes of the province.
The Department has embarked upon multifaceted approach to enhance skills of miners for exploration, production, marketing, and utilization of latest machinery in digging of mines and avoid its wastage during search and purification process.
Pakistan’s marble, gems, and granite are preferred choice of exporters in the world especially in Gulf and the Central Asia States with a potential to generate millions of rupees revenue for national kitty if properly marketed overseas.
As per development plan, weigh stations in all potential districts including Manshera, Shangla, Swat, Dir, and Chitral would be established and special capacity building program for miners would be launched.
The first ever mining cadastre system is being introduced in the province, entailing online reporting through automatic way besides determining mineral rights of a business community.
The official said a mega project had been launched to conduct geological mapping and carve out a map identifying mineral sites in KP.
The department is working on a robust mechanism by introducing a management information system to discourage illegal mining practices and this system would help collect more revenue for provincial kitty.
Govt has allocated a huge amount of Rs401 million for seven projects including Rs354.367 million for five ongoing projects and Rs 46.633 million for two new projects for the financial year 2018-19.
The KP mineral sector governance act 2016 &2018 and rules made thereunder have been promulgated whereas online applications have been already started for facilitation of public, businessmen and miners.
The department had recovered Rs 46.466 million on account of excise duty against the target of Rs 115 million for 2018-19, the official said and added that over Rs 501.293 million were collected on account of minerals so far, exceeding the total amount accumulated over the same period last year by more than Rs 50 million.
Licensing authority and Mineral Tiles Committee had expedited work on disposal of applications, deciding on a total of 68 applications during the first 100 days of PTI Govt.
To quickly addressed people and miners problems, the department has Complaint Cell at Mineral Directorate which had received 16 complaints and that six complaints related to mines had been addressed instantly while remaining had been forwarded to officers concerned for further action.
As many as 11 inquires had been conducted so far and 18 applications had been forwarded to the concerned commissioner for compensation, the official said.
Miner is being extended free treatment in 12 well-equipped dispensaries and an advertisement had been published seeking applications from sons of minors or laborers for admissions in medical and engineering colleges.
The advertisement had been published in national dailies for freed education to children under scholarship programme and work centers were being started for free treatment through telemedicine.
The process had been launched for extending scholarships to miners with disabilities besides initiating scholarships for trainee minors.
A total of 451 inspections were conducted on land and deep landmines and implanted act 1923-19(i) on 58 mines, adding a total of 724 mines were registered to receive Rs425000 registration fee.
The official said three training courses had been conducted and enlightened the participants about new techniques in digging and development of mines and mineral imperative to enhance revenue.

 

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HEC to provide electric wheelchairs to pupils

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ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched Electric Wheelchair Scheme for the students of the registered universities across the country who require ambulatory assistance.
According to the Project Director, HEC, Dur-e-Shahwar Sadozai, students registered or enrolled in the university till 30th June 2019, in Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MS/MPhil and Ph.D. programmes are eligible to apply for the scheme. The students who needed to apply for this scheme are required to submit a valid certificate of special ambulatory need from relevant government institution duly verified by the head of the respective institution. Students who have a physical disability of movement and intend to continue their higher education during the years 2019-21 are also encouraged to apply for this facility in advance, Dur-e-Shahwar informed.
Wheelchairs will be distributed among the students after verification of their data, Project Director said.
Students who met the eligibility criteria are advised to fill up an online application on eportal.hec.gov.pk/wheelchair, take a print, attach necessary documents and submit through the office of the respective Vice Chancellor or designated person. Universities are required to forward all eligible cases to HEC in one transaction by  15th January 2019 to HEC for distribution of wheelchairs on merit.

 

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Afghan refugees’ children’s education ensured!

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi today said Pakistan had ensured education facilities to Afghan refugees at par with its own citizens.

He added Pakistan would continue to invest in the education of the refugees’ children as it was the real investment for a prosperous future of Afghanistan.
He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he distributed books, school bags, stationery and items of winter clothing among 200 Afghan refugee children.
He highlighted the generous hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan to their Afghan brothers and sister during the last four decades.
At any given point during these years, on average over three million Afghans had been living in Pakistan, he added.
The foreign minister also underscored the importance of trilateral cooperation between Pakistan-China-Afghanistan for peace in Afghanistan and the region, deepening connectivity, mutual development, and economic prosperity.
On this occasion, Ambassador of China Yao Jing appreciated Pakistan’s continued hospitality to millions of Afghan refugees and expressed his country’s desire to work for expanding trilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interests.
The Afghan Charge d’ Affaires thanked Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees for almost four decades and said the trilateral cooperation would contribute towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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