LAHORE - Higher Education Commission former chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rehman has called upon the government to allocate resources to science and technology, research and innovation as the prosperity of the country is linked with progress in education.

He was addressing a symposium on Bioequivalence and Bioavailability Studies organised by Centre for Bioequivalence Studies and Bioassay Research, International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences University of Karachi at PU Al Raazi Hall on Tuesday.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the session while International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences University of Karachi Director Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary, Former Chairman Pakistan Pharmaecutical Manufacturing Association & Chief Executive Officer Schazoo Zaka Laboratories Muhammad Zaka-ur-Rehman, Representative Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Dr Sheikh Akhter Hussain, Dr Raza Shah, Dr Naghma Hashmi, PU ASA President Dr Ehsan Sharif, Secretary Javed Sami, faculty members, delegates from various pharmaceutical companies and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Rehman said that man had made marvelous inventions in the field of biology for the benefit of mankind.

 He said that the world was changing rapidly and there were thousands of inventions and innovations happening. He said that we needed to put our country on the road to progress together by making efforts in the field of research.

Talking to media, Dr Rehman said that the government had promised to allocate at least four percent of GDP to education and it was hoped that it would fulfill its promise. He said that confusion arose after 18th amendment that higher education had also been de-centralised but Supreme Court had clearly protected the HEC in its judgment in a petition filed by him. He said that if a province would set up provincial higher education commission, parallel to the federal HEC, it would be a contempt of court. But, to another question, he said that if a province wanted to fund and support institutions of higher learning and wanted to set up a body which did not challenge the functions of federal HEC, it should be welcomed.

Lauding PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, he said that he had promoted research culture in PU and brought it to new heights.

Dr Mujahid Kamran said that Pakistan was the 6th largest populous country and 4th in terms of disease and in this situation we must give priority to education and health sectors. He said that people should be provided with better health facilities and medicines on affordable and low prices. He said that the medicines which’s patent had expired could be produced in Pakistan and provided on cheap rates to the people.

Dr Zaka said pharmaceutical industry was a knowledge based industry but more than 80 per cent of Pakistanis could not afford expensive medication and bioequivalence and bioavailability studies could provide relief to people in this regard.

Annual dinner of GCU Chawala Mathematical Society



The Chawala Mathematical Society (CMS) of Government College University has arranged its annual dinner here at the university’s Salam Hall. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the chief guest at the dinner, while Department of Mathematics Chairperson Dr Muhammad Aslam, CMS adviser Dr Saifullah, faculty members and a large number of students were also present.

Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that teachers needed to reform their role and also concentrate on the students’ character building. “Little deeds have huge impact and your small contributions in social services would be resulted in form of better and improved future not only for you but also for next generations,” he advised the students. Later, the VC gave away certificates to the members of Chawala Mathematical Society of GCU.

GCU produces four PhDs

The GCU has produced four doctors of philosophy (PhDs) in the fields of Botany, Chemistry and Urdu.

The GCU Examination Department has issued notifications after approval of theses of Seemal Vehra, Arifa Zereen, Muhammad Akmal Khan and Muhammad Anwar Jamal.

Seemal Vehra got PhD degree in Botany after approval of her thesis “An Investigation into the Growth Strategies and Spread of an Invasive Exotic Plant, Parthenium Hysterophorus in Punjab Pakistan” completed under the supervision of Prof Dr Ameen ul Haq Khan, while Arifa Zereen completed her thesis entitled “Ethnoecological Studies of Wild Flora of Central Punjab, Pakistan” under the supervision of Prof Dr Zaheer ud Din Khan and Dr Muhammad Ashraf Bodla. Muhammad Akmal Khan was awarded PhD degree in Chemistry after approval of his thesis under the topic of “Study of β-lactamase Inhibitory Potential of Phytochemicals from Apocynaceae and Compositae and Synthesized Ketophosph (on)ates” completed under the supervision of Dr Durre Shahwar. Muhammad Anwar Jamal was notified as doctor of philosophy in Urdu after approval of his thesis “Kalam-e-Iqbal Main Fikri Tasalsul Ki Talash,” while Prof Dr Saadat Saeed supervised him.