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Comstech to hold workshops on nanomedicine & bioethics education

Islamabad, March 04, 2008: The Organization of Islamic Conference Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Co-operation (Comstech) is organizing a weeklong international workshop on nano medicine in the second week of the March. The workshop is being held in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from March 13 to 20.

It is aimed at providing a platform to researchers from universities and research institutes of the OIC member states to share their knowledge and develop collaborative research programs in nano medicine. Young faculty members/doctors, researchers and senior students working at the interface of nanoscience, nanomedicine or nanobiotechnology are eligible to apply for their participation. The aspiring participants are required to hold at least masters' degree in physical/biological sciences or bachelor degree in medicine with one year of research experience. COMSTECH has notified different universities and research institutes of the OIC region to send maximum two nominations.

Meanwhile, COMTECH is also holding a national workshop on "Bio-ethics Education in Pakistan" from March 27 to 29, 2008. The workshop would be held in collaboration with the HEC of Pakistan and Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC) of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation. The objective of this workshop is to familiarise healthcare the professionals and other stakeholders with ethical frameworks in clinical care. The healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, hospital administrations, policy makers and social scientists have been invited to attend the moot. [Ameen Amjad]

Moot on empowerment of teachers commences
Rawalpindi: The HEC has played a vital role in the uplift of the image and status of teachers at all levels through sustained attempts to strengthen the standing of the teaching community academically, economically and socially.

Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan said this during the opening session of a two-day national conference on 'Empowering Teachers: Practices and Possibilities' here on Monday.

The FJWU Department of Education organised the intensive conference in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) that aimed at sharing and discussing the latest research insights deliberated upon the issues related to teacher education programmes in Pakistan to come up with the best possible and practical solutions of various issues related to the field.

Welcoming the participants, the VC hoped that the conference would prove to be a mutual learning experience, adding that it would enrich our academic repertoire through enhancing our understanding and awareness.

HEC Executive Director Professor Dr. Syed Sohail Hussain Naqvi, speaking on the occasion, said that education plays a crucial role in the development of any country. "Due to education, we take advantage of the previous knowledge and move forward. The HEC is committed to support universities in becoming internationally recognised, thus making Pakistan an international place for learning," he said.

FJWU Department of Education Chairperson Dr. Mussarat A Sheikh briefed the audience on the objectives of the conference, saying that it would help in enhancing the active role of researchers-educators regarding improvement in teacher training practices. The conference also aimed at highlighting the reasons of changing the social status of teachers in the country and to find practices for reclaiming their social status. The News
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