Karachi: “Knowledge based society is a must and key player in the sustainable development of the country as well as the society” said noted nuclear scientist Dr. A. Q. Khan, addressing the special seminar on “KIBGE-A Glimpse Since Inception” at Dr. A. Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE), University of Karachi.
The seminar was arranged to highlight the development and the progress of KIBGE since its synthesis.
Dr. Khan said that the country needs achievement in science with passion combating barriers. He also shared all his experiences with the audience regarding the initial development, infrastructure building and scientific growth and expansion of the institute. “I am proud to be a student of University of Karachi, and have several unforgettable memories in my mind related to my early education, friendships, family gatherings and social activities in Karachi”, recalled Dr. Khan.
He was delighted that in past decade the institute has produced more than 30 Ph.D scholars. Most of the faculty members and students availed international scholarships and represented their scientific work on world’s map and has numerous national and international publications on its credit.
“The commitment and selfless work is required from young scientists for the betterment of the country and the society”, said Sardar Yasin Malik, Member of Governing Council of the institute. He also announced a grant of Rs. 2.5 million for the endowment fund.
“It’s good to see that the nascent plant of KIBGE is now being transformed into a strong fruitful tree,” said Dr. Hasan Mujtaba Naqvi while highlighting the early initiatives and progress of the institute. Dr. Naqvi has been the founder director general of the institute. “I feel proud to be the vice chancellor of the University of Karachi, when the honorary doctorate degree was awarded to Dr. A. Q. Khan” shared by Prof. Dr. Syed Irtifaq Ali who has been the director general KIBGE.
He also informed the audience that during his directorship and the employees of the institute were regularized from contractual basis to permanent service on BPS as well as on TTS.
“Young researchers are the future of Pakistan and the future of country is bright. Now the responsibility lies on the shoulders of the young researchers and scientists to work hard for the progress of not only the institute but also of the country and society,” said Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, the member Governing Council as Eminent Scientist since its constitution.
He encouraged young scientists for producing high quality product and get acknowledgements at national and international levels and the KIBGE contribute a lot in it.
“Dr. Khan has made the Pakistan safe, and we should try to make it even safer as far as the scientific, educational and cultural dimensions are concerned,” said former Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi, Prof. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui. He also underlined the need of getting knowledge that may root benefits and welfare to a wider range of population, like Dr. A. Q. Khan did.
“Dr. A. Q. Khan is a role model for young scientists and researchers to follow,” said Prof. Siddiqui.
Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi, Prof. Muhammad Qaiser showed satisfaction on the successful progression of the institute and wished and hoped for more achievements and accomplishments for the future.
Prof. Abid Azhar, Director General of the institute and Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Karachi presented the highlights of the scientific and academic progress of KIBGE since its inception.
In the end, VC University and Director General KIBGE has presented shield of appreciation to Dr. A. Q Khan on his services for founding of this outstanding Institute for Pakistan.