Islamabad - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui Sunday said the university would continue to promote and disseminate research-based projects for the benefit of the general public and policymakers.

Addressing a prize distribution ceremony of research-based posters/models competition, he said the AIOU would extend all possible support to the chemistry department and the students for carrying on the welfare-oriented research work.

The competition was arranged by the department of chemistry amongst the students of BS/MSc/MPhil and PhD students, said spokesman of the AIOU.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui inspected the research projects and appreciated the students for their innovative ideas. The projects reflected the creative and constructive work done under the supervision of the AIOU chemistry department, said the VC.

Dr Siddiqui said the university would attach high priority to the promotion of science education and to involve and encourage the youth for promotion of science and technology in the country. Students would be provided Science equipment to help them develop new devices, he asserted.

The higher education institutions, he said, must play pro-active role in constructing and creating knowledge, through research compatible to international standard. Inculcating critical thinking among students is imperative for bringing them in the mainstream of education. Research should be related to the current issues being faced today by the society, he added

The university, he said, laid great focus on development of research-based education in the field of science and technology. Four-years BS in physics, botany, mathematics and chemistry would be launched soon, he added.

During the ceremony, the chemistry students presented unique ideas to solve environmental and health problems and showcased their research projects in the form of posters and 3D models to elaborate their synopsis in which they highlighted the research areas included environmental chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, medicinal chemistry and material chemistry.