KARACHI: International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bacha Khan University (BKU), Charsadda.
The agreement was made between both the national institutions to encourage academic cooperation through research and study.
The MoU was signed at ICCBS-UoK in the recent visit of Vice Chancellor BKU Prof Dr Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat to the University of Karachi.
Director ICCBS-UoK Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary and Vice Chancellor BKU Prof. Dr. Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat signed the MoU on behalf of their institutions. On the occasion, other faculty members of the ICCBS were also present. Prof. Marwat said that BKU was setup in July 2012 in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, adding that more than 2500 students were enrolled in BS, Master and MS/MPhil and Ph.D. degree programs of the varsity. The Department of Chemistry is a leading and principal department amongst the other departments of the University, he said.
Prof Iqbal Chaudhary welcomed the Bacha Khan University to have collaboration in the form of MoU, and said that as per the agreement, both the institutions have agreed to enhance relations between the two Universities and to develop academic exchange in the area of education and research, and have agreed to identify team members to work on joint research projects.
He said that ICCBS at the University of Karachi was considered as one of the finest academic research establishments of chemical sciences in the developing world. The ICCBS is a cluster of institutions which owns H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research and L.E.J. National Science Information Centre, he said and added that this research facility possessed 10 research buildings containing some of the region’s most sophisticated laboratories. This Agreement will be in effect for a period of five years from the date of execution and may be extended by mutual agreement in writing by both parties, he said.