LAHORE - The Punjab government has approved a summary for up-gradation of clerical and technical staff. APCA office bearers and other low tier employees lauded the Punjab government on accepting their long standing demands

Call to improve productivity of agricultural crops: Renowned agricultural and health scientists have stressed that it is the need of hour to solve issues of pathogens, less productivity and poor quality of crops.

They stressed that early diagnosis of genetically prevalent diseases in Pakistan like hearing and vision impairment, intellectual disability and asthma will be a blessing for the patients.

They were speaking at Pakistan’s biggest three-day International Symposium on recent advances in Molecular Biology entitled “Advances in Molecular Biology of Plants and Health Sciences” held at National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Punjab University. Chief executive PARB, Dr Noorul Islam and PU Dean Faculty of Life sciences Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi. Director CEMB Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain, faculty members and over 100 scientists from USA, Germany, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia as well as from different prestigious institutes of Pakistan were present on the concluding session of the conference.

During technical sessions on Plant Biotechnology, agriculture scientists from International and National research institutes gave talks on production of drought and salinity tolerant transgenic crops and their bio safety concern issues.

Health professionals from national and international prestigious institutes gave talks on epigenomics, genetic diseases, stem cells and medical genetics with the main focus on application of their research for improving quality of life for common man.

Scientist discussed clinical applications of stem cells. Dr Azra Mehmood talked about work being done at CEMB regarding use of stem cells for repair of severely burnt skin.

Concluding the symposium, Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi said that it was the need of hour to improve the quality and productivity of agricultural crops. He appreciated efforts of Pakistani scientists for understanding the problems of farmers. He appreciated the efforts of scientists and staff of CEMB for organizing an international symposium and congratulated all winners of poster competition session.

Dr Noorul Islam expressed his gratitude for being in CEMB with all the junior and senior scientists and said that this sort of events help junior scientist to learn from their seniors so that they can keep pace with the modern science around world.

Director CEMB, Dr Tayyab Husnain thanked eminent scientist for joining the concluding session. He said that basic purpose of this symposium was to bring the Alumini back, share science and search ways to collaborate. He said further that during these 3 days of symposium, 36 talks were delivered by scientists from different countries and from all across Pakistan. 26 posters presented from participants across Pakistan were evaluated by distinguished scientists.

He also thanked the invited speakers, Dr Zafar Nawaz and Dr Shaheen N Bano from USA, Dr Khurram Bashir from Japan, Dr Martin Berger from (Germany) and Dr Faisal Khan from KPK and Dr Khushnuda Ramzan from Saudi Arabia.

Later, certificates and shields were distributed among winners and participants. Sohail Anjum of CEMB won the first position in poster presentation.

Second position was shared by Tabinda Salman of Karachi University and Dr Bushra of CEMB whereas third position was achieved by Kashaf from COMSATS Islamabad.

Technical sessions of the symposium were chaired by Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik from FC College, Dr Shahid Mansoor NIBGE, Dr Ahmad Mukhtar from Sargodha University, Dr Khurram Bashir from Japan, Dr Noorul Islam, Dr Saleh Memon, Prof Dr Allah Bux Ghangahr from University of Sindh, Dr Faisal Khan from KPK, Dr Naseem from University of Wuerzburg Germany, Dr Altaf Hussain, ex-scientist NIAB, Dr Shahid Mehmood Baig from NIBGE and Dr Sharif Mughal from GC University.