The Provincial Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology and Information Technology Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Dr. Amber Ali Khan visited the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) here on Thursday.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology welcomed the KPK provincial secretary at the ICCBS.
Dr. Amber Ali Khan, during his visit, had a meeting with Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and other officials of the ICCBS – University of Karachi.
In the meeting, the KPK provincial secretary was given a detailed presentation about the tremendous activities related to science and research being carried out at the international center. Speaking on the occasion, he told the meeting that he had come to Karachi to obtain ideas for working in the KPK provincial ministry from Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman.
Responding to the secretary’s discussion, Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman suggested the KPK provincial ministry to work in five areas, including information technology, especially artificial intelligence; advanced agriculture; mineral development; energy storage systems; and industrial biotechnology.
He also advised the KPK provincial secretary to set up centers of excellence in their universities according to the model of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, which is a unique center of excellence in this region with the largest doctoral program. He said, “ICCBS was the only institution in Pakistan, which was the ‘UNESCO Centre of Excellence, TWAS Centre of Excellence, OIC Centre of Excellence and WHO Centre of Excellence.”
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman assured the full support from Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology to KPK ministry of science and technology and information technology.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman said that as a result of numerous projects undertaken by the technology-driven Knowledge Economy Task Force set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan in early 2019 under his chairmanship, the landscape of higher education, science and technology were presently undergoing a major positive change.
In the end, Dr. Amber Ali Khan visited the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), Husein Ibrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry, and Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories. He praised the industrial support and national services of the center.