LAHORE Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that establishment of countrys first Bioavailability and Bioequi-valence Studies Centre (BeSt Centre) in University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) is a good omen for higher education and this step will result in boosting research activities in pharmaceutical sector. He expressed these views while inaugurating national seminar on Role of Research & Development in Improving Access to Medicines. Vice Chancellor of UVAS Dr Muhammad Nawaz while speaking on the occasion highlighted the objectives of BeSt Centre. Dr Aamir Mehmood, Dr Hammad Ahmed, Dr Ali Raza, Ahmed Shahryar, Dr Sajid Hussain, Dr Nasim Ahmed and other pharmacists also spoke on the occasion. The minister said bio-studies were one of the vital means to ensure provision of safe and effective drugs. He stressed upon the universities especially those having the institutions of pharmacy and medicines to develop their skills to bio studies areas, as our country required more centre of excellence. It is essential to strategise our research & development activities in a manner, which ultimately fetch commercial benefits to the institutions and add to the national economy. In the developed countries, from where most of the research products generate, there is a very strong linkage between the universities and the industry, he added. This is our weak area, he observed and suggested that the Chamber of Commerce and the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Association should sit together with the universities and develop a university-industry linkage framework.