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National Bio-Forum 2008 concludes

Lahore, March 29, 2008: A four-day National Bio-Forum 2008 concluded on Friday, with a commitment to excel Pakistan in the field of biotechnology and biogenetics with practical and active collaboration between the bio-scientists and bio-industrialists.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi was the chief guest on the occasion. More than 70 universities, research organisations and scientific suppliers from Pakistan and abroad attended the forum and displayed their products, research work and results.

Video conferences were also arranged to get latest information on order to enhance research work. More than 300 research scholars and renowned scientists in the field of molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, plant research and medical science presented their research work for the betterment of mankind and the environment.

The forum and exhibition started on March 24 at the Punjab University (PU) Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) to bring together the research institutes and industry to share their views and research work for economic development of the country as well as providing low cast treatment of various diseases to give relief to people.

The second purpose of the Bioforum was to update people dealing with crime investigations on the use of modern techniques of molecular biology such as DNA analysis and DNA record of prisoners and victims for speedy and better investigations. In the symposiums and workshops, reports were presented on the performance of the CEMB, National Institute of Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering, Faisalabad, PU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology and Food Research Centre (PCSIR Laboratories Lahore), PU School of Biological Sciences, Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Centre of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology, Faisalabad, and Plant Biotechnology Programme, Islamabad.

Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology inaugurated: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology at New Campus on Friday.

According to a press release issued on Friday, the VC planted a tree in the lawn of the institute, cut a ribbon on the entrance of the institute and then uncovered the plaque to inaugurate the upgrading process of the department into an institute. He visited various sections of the institute including the central research lab, molecular biology lab, library and classrooms.

He said that due to the government's policies, huge funds had been given to universities during the last two years. He also ensured the institute of releasing funds for its library's furniture.

Department of Psychology and Applied Psychology Chairperson Prof Dr Yasmin Farooqi, Dean Faculty of Commerce Dr Liaqat Ali and faculty members of the institute were also present on the occasion. Daily Times
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