GUJRAT - Experts at a symposium at University of Gujrat (UoG) highlighted the key role of recent trends and developments in chemistry being capitalized on by scholars to shape up projects and research presentations across the world.

The two-day international symposium titled “Developments in Contemporary Chemistry” which ended here at Hafiz Hayat Campus provided the MPhil and PhD researchers from various UoG departments a deep insight into the ‘chemistry of research’ and how they can strengthen their skills in project designing and research presentation, making the most of prevalent trends and contemporary developments in chemistry.

The event was organised by the department of chemistry in collaboration with the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC).

Among the speakers were Prof Dr Bernherd Kraeutler, Head of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck Austria; Dr Muhammad Arif Nadeem, a young Pakistani scientist from the Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad; and Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Director UoG Narowal sub-campus, who is an expert in analytical and environmental chemistry.

Speaking on the occasion, Dean Sciences and Information Technology Dr Muhammad Faheem Malik said, “All scientific breakthroughs and inventions are precisely the culmination of years of hard work and devotion applied in carrying out research. More importantly, they stem from a combination of all the branches of scientific knowledge available today.”Chairperson department of chemistry Dr Shahzad Murtaza highlighted the need for further strengthening the industry-academia linkages.

Prof Dr Bernherd Kraeutler, who admired the UoG faculty for their efforts in promotion of culture of research and innovation, discussed his latest research on vitamin B12.

“These research project exhibitions and seminars are key to boosting country’s industrial progress,” Director ASRB Dr Muhammad Danish said.

Director ORIC Dr Abdul Majid Sandhu reiterated UoG’s commitment to further strengthening industry-academia linkages to find out indigenous solutions to local industry’s problems.