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Research is not given due importance in Pakistan: Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary

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KARACHI: Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Director International Center for Chemical & Biological Sciences) has lamented that despite knowing the value of research work it was not given due importance and that had led to intellectual crisis in Pakistan.  

Dr. Choudhary was speaking as guest of honor on the occasion of 9th Annual Research Day held here today at Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Auditorium, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).

The celebrated scientist, however, optimistically noted that there were some people and fund-raising organizations “who are passionate to spend on research work over recent developments and are providing funds for multi-disciplinary topics.

“What would be more catastrophic than having people claiming and making dictum without any reference of the past history or any book? Despite of being the 5th largest population as Pakistani, we are having our intellectual people migrating to other countries benefiting them instead of us.” Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary added.

Stressing on the need to promote research work and to support research culture among students Dr. Choudhary opined young dynamic students should be provided right platform in order to increase their capabilities to be more subsistent among other nations.

Dr. Choudhary pointed out that it was due to the endless efforts and endeavors of Dr. Saleemuzaman Siddiqui that HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry had become a significant institute for scientific developments: “We look forward to establish many such institutions in future”, he concluded.  

Vice Chancellor, DUHS Prof. Dr. Mohammad Saeed Quraishi, while addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience stated that research was the back bone of any university and distinguished it from a college: “It is the prime duty of the students to get benefit from the research platform that Dow University has provided them and take it to the highest level by increasing the efficacy and capability of the newer generation through the knowledge of new developments and research culture”.

The VC also emphasized upon the need to enhance the capabilities of the youth so that they might continue upon their endeavors in future.

Conspicuous among others, besides senior faculty members and students, there were Engineer Jawed Memon (Regional Director, Higher Education Commission), Mohammad Masroor Pro-VC DUHS, Prof. Dr. Amanullah Abbasi (Registrar), Prof. Dr. Zarnaz Wahid (Principal Dow International Medical College), Nadeem Shakoor Jaweri (Director Finance).

According to details the Research Day showcased presentations by a thousand researchers. DUHS’ Assitt. Prof. Asif Qureishi bagged the first prize. He was followed by Syeda Sadia Fatima from Aga Khan University and Sania Shabbir from Federal Urdu University who were awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

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Public sector net lending hits record high in 2017

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SEOUL: South Korea’s public sector net lending hit a record high last year, thanks to a robust gain in tax revenues, data showed Friday.

Net lending, which refers to total revenue minus total expenditure, came to 53.7 trillion won (US$48.36 billion) in 2017, up from the previous year’s 47.7 trillion won, according to the data by the Bank of Korea (BOK). This is the highest annual net lending since the central bank began compiling statistics on the public sector account in 2007. It is also the fourth consecutive year that the country’s public sector balanced stayed in the black.

Total revenue in the public sector grew 5.7 percent on-year to 815.0 trillion won in 2017, while total expenditures advanced 5.3 percent on-year to 761.3 trillion won, the data showed. Both revenue and expenditure reached an all-time high. “The record net lending is attributable to a solid growth in tax revenues and ample social security funds,” BOK official Kim Seong-Ja said, noting that tax revenues jumped by 27.9 trillion won to 348.6 trillion won last year.

Central government posted a deficit of 3.7 trillion won in 2017, down from a 12.5 trillion won loss the previous year, and local governments logged a combined surplus of 9.3 trillion won, according to the central bank. The public sector deficit in South Korea accounted for 3.1 percent of the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, which is a bit higher than in major countries such as Switzerland, Britain, Australia, and Japan, the data showed.

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Pak-Austria joint academic linkages

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Austria on Thursday stressed the need for initiating joint academic & research linkages to promote education sector.

This was decided during a meeting held here in which Dr. Brigitta BLAHA, Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan was called on Prof Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), a press release said.

The meeting was also attended by the Prof Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC. Welcoming the ambassador, the Chairman HEC emphasized that international collaboration in the education sector is a blueprint for economic stability and social development.

He added that several Pakistani Higher Education Institutions have an encouraging history of academic collaboration with Higher Education Sector in Austria and assured that Pakistan and HEC would create further opportunities for beneficial academic collaboration between two countries.

Dr. Banuri explained that resurgence of Pakistani higher education sector over a short span of 15 years under the umbrella of HEC is a well-acknowledged reality and have become possible because of unrelenting resolve and support of the Government of Pakistan. He also highlighted that the Pakistan Vision 2025 has added new dimensions into the reforms process of the higher education sector of Pakistan.

Dr. Banuri expressed his commitment to adopt a wholesome approach for advancement in all areas of the higher education sector including human resource development, promotion of basic & applied research, establishing University-Industry Linkage, encouraging entrepreneurial culture, quality education, physical and technology infrastructure development and international collaboration.

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30,918 educators to be trained

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LAHORE): As many as 773 educationist and experts will impart training to 30,918 educators under the aegis of the Punjab School Education Department from 22nd June 2018.

The Punjab School Education Department sources told APP on Wednesday that the two-day training would be imparted to educators who had been selected recently.

They said in this connection the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) had issued schedule for the training.

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