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
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.
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