Pakistani scientists best in world: American expert

KARACHI - Pakistan is one of the best countries in the world with a tremendous potential.

This was stated by Sean Kauffman, a behavioural expert from the United States, at the concluding session of a workshop held here at Dr A Q Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE), University of Karachi on Sunday on the topic, ‘A day of leadership in bio-safety.’

Kauffman said that he was very impressed by the youth of this country, who, he said, were always eager to learn.

He further said that he had seen Pakistani scientists doing excellent work both in Pakistan and overseas.

BARRET Hodgson University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Arif Siddiqui, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that awareness about the bio-safety procedures and implementation on the safety protocols was the only way forward as per modern day biological science. “It is about time that not only the stakeholders, but the people at large are informed about the risks of the scientific research,” he said, and added, “It is only through concerted efforts of these kinds that can make the society safer and maximize the benefits of science.”

KIBGE Director General Professor Abid Azhar said that the institute had launched an elaborate programme on bio-safety and bio-security and was engaging all sections of the society in it.

He opined that all scientific personnel, support staff and their family members, as well as the environment, would be at risk if proper measures were not taken.

“In this regard, he added, every visiting scholar from overseas becomes an ambassador of Pakistan on return to his/her home countries. The goodwill generated by their visits is highly valuable for the growth of scientific culture in Pakistan.”

According to a press release issued by Karachi University on Sunday, as per the latest rankings of Asian universities, Karachi University has significantly improved its ranking and has now secured 193th position.

KU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan has expressed his satisfaction over the achievement and congratulated KU faculty.

“KU now stands at 193th position, which is a proof that my efforts are going in a right direction,” he said, and added, “I had promised in my inaugural speech that I would work on improving KU rankings in the world and now my efforts are bearing fruits. With the support of faculty members and the administration, we will make further significant improvement in university’s ranking in the world,” said the KU vice chancellor.

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