Knowledge only key driver to get socio-economic progress: Atta

Karachi: Noted scientist and scholar Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman has said that science is beyond from all geographical limits; it fills the bilateral gap between countries. Knowledge is the only key driver to get socio-economic progress in the world, he said speaking at inaugural ceremony of the 3-day International Year of Crystallography (IYCr) South Asia Regional Summit on Vistas in Structural Chemistry (April 28–30, 2014) held at International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU) here on Monday.

He said the main purpose of this conference is to provide a platform for structural chemists and biologists of the regional countries to share their findings with science administrators and industry representatives in order to develop a convergence of experiences and opinion and a greater understanding about the tremendous benefits of structural chemistry, he said.

He said the basic aim of science is to help humanity. Better science practices are keys to peace in this region, while science can eradicate poverty in the countries of this region, including Pakistan and India. Scientists can pave the ways of bilateral ties between Pakistan and India. Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan will make all efforts to accelerate the pace of progress in the field of higher education.

HEC Chief Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that education is the only solution to problems of this country. The HEC is making collaboration with different universities of UK, USA, China and other countries of the world to speed up the development pace in this sector.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser said that this unique type of international summit is getting the scientists of different countries, especially from this region, closer to each other. He said that this scientific interaction will positively affect the financial status of South Asian Countries.

Prof. Dr. Gautam R. Desiraju said that the scientists from Pakistan and India are required to work for the welfare of the deprived people of both the countries regardless of the status of foreign relations between the two countries.

Declaring the ICCBS as finest institution of the world, Dr. Iqbal Chaudhary expressed his hope that the summit will make stronger scientific relations between international scientists, especially scientists of this region.

Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, Dean Faculty of Sciences Prof. Dr. Syed Abid Azhar, Editor-in-Chief of IUCr Journals Prof. Dr. Samar Hasnain, Executive Director COMSATS Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, President International Union of Crystallography Prof. Dr. Gautam R. Desiraju and Dr. Sonia Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion.

On this occasion, Managing Trustee Muhammad Hussain Panjwani Memorial Trust Ms. Nadira Punjwani, Chairman Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation Mr. Aziz Latif Jamal, Coordinator IYCr South Asia Summit 2014 Dr. Sammer Yousuf and other distinguish scientists and researchers were also present.

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