LAHORE - The present day world is moving so rapidly in the realm of scientific and technological advancements that we need to focus on advanced research based education in our country to compete the rest of the world. Renowned scientist and Ex-Vice Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Khairat M Ibne Rasa stated this on Monday while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the two-day national workshop on crystallography (Single Crystal Structure Determination) held under the auspices of the Chemistry Department of the GCU at the Fazal-e-Hussain Hall of the university. Rasa said that technologically advanced countries also dominate politically. "We have to pay attention to the scientific development and in this context, we need to raise the level of academics and research activities" Dr Khairat said and added that GCU is working befittingly in the promotion of research based educational activities and would contribute to the scientific knowledge to make the country strong. Vice Chancellor GCU Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said Pakistan need to realise the human capital deficit because the pace at which the present day world is moving is far too fast. He said that we have very few people highly educated in the country as we have failed to ensure sufficient facilities to promote higher education. "The future obviously is in the hands of bright and productive scientists of Pakistan and GCU is endeavouring to promote quality education," Aftab said. Chairperson Chemistry Department GCU Dr Muhammad Saeed Iqbal spoke about the state of the art laboratory established at GCU with the funding of Higher Education Commission. He said 40 research papers have been produced after the lab was set up. Delegation visits PU, GCU A seven-member delegation of Islamia College University, Peshawar, led by Vice Chancellor Mr Muhammad Ajmal Khan on Monday visited the Punjab University and GCU Lahore on Monday. At PU the delegation visited different departments and met senior teachers of the Punjab University and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. They discussed in detail the problems and essentials of the semester system and other problems faced by the administration of higher education. Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dr Liaquat Ali and Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch were also present. At GCU the delegation called on Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab in the Vice Chancellor's committee room. During the meeting, matters of mutual academic interest came under discussion. Dr Aftab apprised the guests about the GCU academic and administrative profile while Director Academic Planning and External Links GCU Lahore, Ms Fouzia Shaheen made presentation on the varsity's institutional development.