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Pak-China cotton biotech lab to be established at PU
Pak-China cotton biotech lab to be established at PU

LAHORE: (Friday, April 21, 2017): Scientists from Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences (CAAS), China visited Punjab University Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore to discuss establishment of “Pak-China Cotton Biotechnology Laboratory” at CEMB. In continuation of developing strong ties, CEMB and China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC), China jointly organized one day workshop “Pak-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme” at the centre. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Naeem Khan, CEMB Director Prof Dr. Tayyab Husnain, Prof. Dr. Idrees A Nasir, Prof. Dr. Chang Li, focal person Pak-China joint Cotton Biotech Project, Mr. Ge Pu, Deputy Director General of CSTEC; Mr. Zhang Nan, Project Officer for CHINA-MOST’s young talent mobility program and senior faculty members were present on the occasion.

In his address, Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar thanked the delegates from China for taking this initiative in collaboration with Punjab University. He said that PU would play its role in development of nation and the country and that’s why the administration was encouraging such initiatives in order to promote research culture. He said that PU had internationally acclaimed scientists who had earned good name not only for Punjab University but Pakistan. In his address, Mr Ge Pu detailed insight into Pak-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme. He said that Chinese government would offer attractive subsidy for selected talented scientists. He expressed his good wishes for joint cotton biotechnology project between CEMB, Pakistan and CAAS, China. Director CEMB Dr Tayyab Husnain gave a detailed briefing on the on-going research projects at CEMB. He said Pak China young scientists’ talent hunt program by CSTEC was an excellent addition in collaborative efforts for both countries towards promotion of research culture. He hoped that this scientific endeavor would help equally able research teams from both countries to meet diverse challenges currently being faced in cotton crop production and might lead to post-product-development working strategies to meet the bilateral economic interests. Later, souvenirs were presented to the Chinese delegates.