Biosecurity workshop urges strong cooperation among science administrators
ISLAMABAD— Experts at the three- day workshop of COMSATS, PAS and ISESCO have called for enhanced cooperation between the collaborating institutions; active participation of scientists and researchers from common member states of COMSATS and ISESCO in building relevant capacities; increasing awareness and education in biotechnology ethics.
The event was jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO and PAS with over 150 participants from around 20 R& D institutions and universities from across Pakistan.
At the concluding ceremony, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, M. Humayun, observed some alarming trends in the state of education in Pakistan, specifically the number of out- of- school children, which is estimated to be 24 million.
Commenting on the theme of the workshop, he considered biosafety, biosecurity and biocontainment important areas of concern around the globe and lauded COMSATS, ISESCO and PAS for successfully holding the event on this crucial theme.
Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director, COMSATS; Dr. Abd ul Azeez Hameed Ali, ISESCO Representative, Sharjah, UAE; and Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, Secretary General PAS; also addressed the gathering. Dr. Qureshi emphasized that such events have a strong intrinsic significance in view of the opportunities for information exchange, scientist- to- scientist interactivity and inspiration gained by junior researchers from the work of experienced scholars.— APP