Murad for using Sci. & Tech to alleviate poverty

Science and Technology can resolve food security and climate change issues in Muslim world

24th Scientific Conference of Islamic World Academy of Sciences On ‘Challenges to Promote Science & Technology for Socio-Economic Development in OIC Countries’ begins in Karachi                               


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that science and technology can be effectively used to solve problems of poverty, food insecurity, and climate change, in the Muslim world.

This he said while speaking at the Inaugural Ceremony of ‘The 24th Scientific Conference of Islamic World Academy of Sciences On ‘Challenges to Promote Science & Technology for Socio-Economic Development in OIC Countries’ organized by the University of Karachi on Tuesday.

The conference was attended by the President of The World Academy of Sciences Prof. Dr. Adnan Badran, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Coordinator General COMSTECH Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhry, Vice Chancellor Karachi University & Patron-in-Chief of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi, Chairman Hussein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation Aziz Latif Jamal, Chairperson Dr. Panjwani Memorial Trust Ms. Nadira Panjwani and Foreign and Local Delegates.

Shah said, “It is only through the applications of science and technology that we can handle the enduring challenges of poverty, climate change, food insecurity, and increasing disease burdens, that world faces today.”

He said ‘we needed to not only solve many local issues, but also partner with other nations in handling global challenges.’

Murad Shah - Conference - Sindh Courier-1CM said that his government has placed the ICCBS at the center of its science and technology-based initiatives. “Various departments of my government are working closely with the ICCBS management to establish research centers, upgrade the existing laboratory infrastructure of the province, as well to conduct some of the enduring issues in health and agriculture that the province is facing today,” he said and added the establishment of the Sindh Serology and DNA Forensic lab, the upgrading of the Chemico-bacterial lab in Karachi, and the establishment of the Traditional Medicine Research Center were the institutions where ICCBS was supporting the provincial government.

Shah said that he was delighted to know that his idea of the establishment of a seamless learning platform for the universities has been implemented as the SIREN (Sindh Innovation, Research, and Education Network) by the ICCBS which connects leading universities of Sindh.

“My government has also decided to declare five centers of the ICCBS as Sindh Health Care Research facilities in fields such as regenerative medicine, disease genomics, and pharmaceutical research,” he said.

Talking to the media the CM said that his government has enhanced the annual grant of the public sector universities by three times. “But the public-private partnership initiative of his government has produced the best results in education and health sectors,” he said.

To a question, Shah said that the NICVD was performing well. “Yes, there are some issues of foreign exchange, therefore some equipment/gadgets might have not been procured but those issues would be resolved,” he said.

To another question, the CM said that the director of finance would be appointed in all government universities and institutions for which the method was being evolved. (PR)



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