KARACHI - Experts at a symposium have expressed their concerns over the meagre situation prevailing in the field of neuroscience in the country and said that there were only 200 neurologists for the sixth populous country of the world. One neurologist serves for one million population in the country. Due to socio economic conditions a large number of women are suffering with different neurological and psychological disorders; lady neurologists can play pivotal role in this regard, they said, while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the symposium entitled Women in World Neuroscience, held on Thursday at International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU. Around 150 researchers and academics from different areas of neurosciences are participating in this two-day symposium, jointly organised by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) and Women in World Neuroscience, an International Organisation. The main objective of the event is to create awareness about the role of women in national development through their contribution in science and technology, especially in the field of Neuroscience. Karachi University Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that there was dire a need to promote Neuroscience in Pakistan and to establish linkage with international institutions and individuals. He said, Pakistan has become a cemetery of unfinished agendas. Current financial crunch in the educational institutions of the country can not stop research and educational activities at any cost. The higher learning institutions are facing immense monetary chomp, while teachers and researchers were required to be firmed. The previous time of Higher Education Commission (HEC), under the supervision of Prof Attaur Rehman, was as a golden period for the higher learning institutions in the country. The KU VC mentioned that the university has produced several women scientists. Students, completing their basic education from the government schools, have played key role in the development of the country, he said and added that neuroscience is considered as one of the most important divisions of science that needs to be flourished in the country. Former HEC chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rehman said that there was a need to create awareness about the contributions of women in Science and Technology, especially in the field of Neurosciences. He said that knowledge was the key driver for the socio-economic development. The country is bestowed with human capital, he said. Director ICCBS Prof M Iqbal Chaudhry said that in the actual quantity of the neurologists, women scientists should be in majority because a greater part of the women in the society was suffering with psychological and neurological disorders. This symposium is approved and supported by an International Organization, 'The Women in World Neurosciences. We have been invited to organize this symposium in Pakistan under the auspices of Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), he added. Prof Dr Fatima Shad said that the prime objective of the event is to provide an overview of the Neuroscience to female Scholars and students to their develop interest in this exciting field. There is a need to provide a forum for fostering interaction and partnership among the neuroscientists at the national level. Since the time has changed and Pakistani women are emerging as successful, strong, and hardworking individuals, capable of contributing in national development, while preserving the good traditions of Pakistani society. In a society where women have to play a central role in family affairs, the Pakistani women in science are trying to balance between the family and profession and have created a niche in sciences, especially in neurosciences. As compared to other countries, like Iran and Sri Lanka, there is a practice to allocate meagre amount for education sector in the county, Dr Fatima said. Chairperson Dr Panjwani Memorial Trust Ms Nadira Panjwani said that despite the fact that the large segment of women in our society was suffering with neurological disorders there were only 200 neurologists in the country, which shows that one neurologist serve for one million population in the country. Vice Chancellor University of Karakoram Prof Dr Najma Najam, KU Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Darakhshan J Haleem and Dr Sonia Siddiqui of PCMD also spoke at the occasion.