Spirit of S&T in Mus­lim world be­comes parched

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

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.

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