Chinese, Pakistani institutes to setup joint International Lab on Medicinal resources

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Chinese, Pakistani institutes to setup joint International Lab on Medicinal resources

KARACHI: International Center for Chemical andBiological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, has inked aMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Key Laboratoryfor Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Medicinal Resources(SKLCMEMR), Guangxi Normal University, China.

An official of ICCBS said here on Wednesday that both theinstitutions of China and Pakistan aim to make joint efforts forthe establishment of Sino-Pakistan Joint International Laboratoryfor Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Medicinal Resources(abbreviated as Sino-Pakistan Joint International Laboratory) atthe ICCBS.

He said that the MoU was signed in a special ceremony heldat Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research(PCMD), University of Karachi.

In the ceremony, President Guangxi Normal University Prof.Dr. He Zu-Bin, Director of SKLCMEMR Prof. Dr. Liang Hong, andDirector ICCBS Prof. Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary signed the agreementon behalf of their institutions.

Other officials of both the institutions were also presenton the occasion.

Prof. He Zu-Bin, introducing his institutions, said thatGuangxi Normal University was founded in 1932. Now the Universityhas become an international hub of academic excellence andmulti-cultural cooperation and relationships, he said.

GXNUcurrently offers a variety of programs and degrees for studentsof all levels and nationalities, and our academic programs coverat least twelve different branches of learning, he maintained.

He said that his university has already set Rs.10 millionaside on account of the international laboratory.

Prof. Iqbal Choudhary said that this MoU was signed topromote scientific and cultural cooperation between the twocountries. He said that ICCBS University of Karachi was one ofthe country's most eminent centers of excellence.

Thisinternational center is considered the top one of the finestacademic research establishments of chemical and biologicalsciences in the developing world, he maintained.

He said that ICCBS was the only institution in Pakistanwhich was not only certified by ISO but it also became `UNESCOCentre for Excellence Category-2 Institute'.

In the end, the Chinese delegation visited the variousstate-of-the art laboratories setup in the Jamil-ur- RahmanCenter for Genome Research, H.E.J. Research Institute ofChemistry, and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine andDrug Research.

According to MoU, both the parties will endeavor toencourage, promote, and facilitate the collaboration between boththe institutions. Scholars of the ICCBS will also be taughtChinese language.

In particular, the parties have agreed to develop theircollaborative work by facilitating exchanges of academic staffand students, hosting the other Party's academic staff andstudents as departmental visitors.