LAHORE - Higher Education Commission Executive Director Prof Dr Arshad Ali Tuesday inaugurated three-day international symposium on recent advances in molecular biology titled “Advances in Molecular Biology of Plants and Health Sciences” at National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB). Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar, HEC Director General Regional office Nazeer Husain, Professor Dr Riazuddin Sheikh, Director CEMB Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain, faculty members and over 100 scientists from Japan, Germany, KSA, Sudan, China as well as from different prestigious institutes of Pakistan were present on the occasion.  Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Arshad Ali applauded the efforts of scientists and staff of CEMB for organising a mega event and appreciated the productive idea of Dr Tayyab Husnain to bring the alumini back giving them a chance to present their research. He said that researchers at CEMB are doing wonderful job in disciplines of agriculture and health sciences and that it is need of hour to disseminate this knowledge to common man and other fellow researchers so that they may get help to play their part well in contributing to progress of our country.

Ali further hoped that symposium will provide platform for new international collaborations and students would benefit from experience of research scholar from different parts of world.

PU Vice Chancellor Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar said that CEMB stands forefront of other life sciences departments in Molecular Biology research. Researchers at CEMB are working for welfare of common man. The cotton seed developed by CEMB will save billion of rupees of Pakistani farmer and bring revolution in rural areas of country.

Dr Tayyab Husnain in his welcome address said that the idea behind this international symposium was to gather scientists; share science and search ways to collaborate. He said that the participation of such a large number of Molecular Biologists from Agriculture and Health side in this symposium was a good omen and showed the magnitude of the interest of the participants.