RAWALPINDI - The business administration department of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) on Tuesday arranged two days international conference on "Entrepreneurship for Young Women and Using of New Technologies: Issues and Challenges" at the varsity premises.

This conference was arranged in collaboration with Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Former Chairman HEC Prof Dr Atta-Ur-Rehman chaired the inaugural session of the conference. The guest of honour was Engineer Imtiaz Hussain, Chairperson HEC, while Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, Secretary General NASIC, Prof Dr Paul Edward Mugambi, representative of IAP, dignitaries and delegates also graced the occasion.

The aim of the conference was to share and exchange, identify and discuss prospects and options where National Academies could enhance their role of science and technology for encouraging younger women to take up self-employment and become entrepreneurs.

Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir, Vice Chancellor (VC) FHWU, in her opening remarks said that such forums lead to professional development. Role of women was recognised globally for the poverty elimination and economic development of any nation. Overall women entrepreneurship reaching out to the customers, but in developing countries due to many reasons women were excluded from it, she said adding that's why research on women and the issues related to women were encouraged at all levels.

After that Dr Khalid Mehmood gave brief introduction of this conference. He said that women being half of the population were still not getting their proper share in society. Dr Paul, while speaking, appreciated the role of PAS and HEC in promoting scientific culture in society. He represented his organisation IAP and told that it was working in collaboration with Pakistani universities and institutions to link resources and financial support initiatives aimed at helping women entrepreneurs in Pakistan.  HEC Chairperson Engineer Imtiaz Hussain Gillani said that there was always a room for improvement and advancement.  Job of the university was not to produce good researchers but to build up the economy of the society. Choose your field and time carefully so you excel in your field. Pakistan is a rich country in term of natural resources.

Dr Atta-ur-Rehman said that knowledge was increasing and information doubles around every decade. Today inventions are becoming fast and every day thousand of new discoveries impact our lives. He stressed on trying new things and by this you learn new and wonderful things. At the end, FJWU VC Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir presented the conference souvenir to the respected guests.