Spirit of S&T in Muslim world becomes parched
KARACHI: Leading Muslim scientists at the 14th International Symposium on Natural Products Chemistry said that the spirit of science and technology in the Muslim world became parched, says a Press release.
It is an open secret that Muslim countries have lagged behind in science and technology in the world, as these countries allocate very limited funds for promotion and growth of science and development, they said, adding that Muslim scientists need to have their own network to help each other.
They were speaking at a close session with a local media group held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi on Wednesday. Those who attended the session were Dr. Sahar Mustafa (Egypt), Dr. Eldar A. Garaev (Azerbaijan), Dr. Kamala Kamal (Azerbaijan), Dr. Mannan (Lebanon), Dr. Nohad A. Al Omari (Iraq), Dr. Rami Mamdouh Arfeen (Palestine), Dr. Rahim Jantan (Malaysia) and ICCBS Director Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary.
The 14th International Symposium on Natural Products Chemistry (ISNPC-14) is being held at the ICCBS, Karachi University. Over 600 eminent scientists and young researchers, including 100 foreign experts, are attending this international symposium, organised by the ICCBS, Karachi University.
Prof. Iqbal Choudhary said that there was an inadequate allocation of funds for research and development sectors in Muslim nations. Pointing out some causes of this dilemma, he said that lack of political will, internal political instability and failure to be gathered as one Ummah were some of major causes. In Pakistan, he observed, political instability, corruption and lack of political will were the main hurdles in the progress of science and technology.
Lebanese woman scientist, Dr. Mannan said that lack of funds was the major issue in Lebanon, where Universities were merely focusing on teaching rather than research.
Describing the state of science in Palestine, Dr. Rami Mamdouh Arfeen said that Universities in Palestine were just teaching oriented, adding that lack of funds and a trained human resource were really some of major problems that Palestinian science and tech sector was facing.
Dr. Nohad A. Al Omari, Dr. Rahim Jantan, Dr. Eldar A. Garaev, Dr. Kamala Kamal, Dr. Sahar Mustafa, Dr. Tom Simpson, Prof. Dr. Michael D. Threadgill, and Dr. Druno Figadere also addressed the gathering.