Karachi: International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU) and Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTIPC), China has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish academic and scientific cooperation between both the institutions.
Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary on behalf of the international centre and Director XTIPC Prof. Haji Akber Ali Aisa signed the MoU in a specialsigning ceremony, held in China. On the occasion, ICCBS International Research Coordinator Prof. Dr. Ahsana Dar Farooq and other officials of the XTIPC were also present.
Dr. Choudhary said that Karachi University is recognized as the premier establishment of higher learning and research in the sub-continent and in the developing world.
He said that the purpose of this agreement is to establish co-operation in spheres of scientific research, education and training between the ICCBS-KU and XTIPC.
He said ICCBS has very sophisticated research instruments and quality faculty that make the institution remarkable in the field of higher education and research. Prof. Haji Akber Ali Aisa said that it was really appreciable that Karachi University is graded as 233 in world ranking of Universities in natural sciences. He praised the research facilities provided at the ICCBS for the national and international scientists pursuing their research in the field of chemical and biological sciences.
As per MoU, both the parties agreed that an optimal form of cooperation needs to be achieved. Cooperation in particular areas, including medicinal plants, edible plants, biological activity of natural compounds, synthesis, in vivo studies and chemical trials, must be established in the forms acceptable by both parties. Both the institutions agreed to prepare joint international journal in the field of chemistry. it was also agreed that bi-national workshops/seminar/ conferences will be organised jointly to develop linkages between academicians and researchers. This agreement will be effective for a period of five years from the date of signing.