KARACHI - International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Iranian Research Organisation for Science, and Technology (IROST), Iran to foster cooperation in chemical and biological sciences between the two countries. The MoU was signed in Iran in the recent visit of Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary. Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary and President of IROST-Iran Professor Ahmed Akbari signed the MoU on behalf of their institutions. 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. As per the MoU, bi-institutional meeting will be held annually in the form of workshop / seminar / conference jointly organised by the Parties. The IROST Chief said that his institution is considered one of the most leading institutions in Iran, where scientists are engaged day and night in their research activities. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary said that the both the institutions will mostly focus in industrial technologies, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, and herbal medicine. He said that the collaborative activities to be covered by this agreement may include faculty and research staff exchanges, study abroad program, collaborative research programs, including the exchange of voucher samples, and natural product extracts; joint seminars, workshops, and service programs. 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.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 24-Feb-2014 here.