Inaugural Ceremony of 2nd National Training Course on “Molecular Methods in Biotechnology”
Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology has organized 2nd National Training Course on “Molecular Methods in Biotechnology”. Focus of this course is on teaching of advanced molecular techniques to the young academicians and researchers so that they are enabled to use these techniques in their research work. Program comprises lectures from the eminent scientists and practical sessions during week-long training lasting from March 13-17, 2017. The inaugural session was honored by Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali (TI), Vice Chancellor GCUF, Guest of Honor, Director NIBGE, Prof. Dr. Shahid Mansoor (SI), Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology, Prof. Dr. Nasir Amin and Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Rajoka (SI). Dr. Asma Haque, Chairperson Dept. of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology and her Team warmly welcomed the guests. Program started with recitation of Holy Quran and Naat-e-Rasool e Mabool. Eminent scientist shared their views about the role of Biotechnology to improve the quality of life. Dr. Rizwan Javed and Dr. Khadim Hussain (Principal Organizers) explained the purpose and need of the training course. Dr. Asma Haque, Chairperson, Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology, said that this training course was designed to introduce and train the participants in all the basic molecular biological and biotechnology techniques. She added that the program would be a good blend of expert talks from invited speakers, lectures related to important topics with their relevant lab experimentation and hands on training. Prof. Dr. Shahid Mansoor (S.I), Director, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) delivered a plenary lecture on Next Generation Biotechnology and mainly focused on the food security for the next decade. He was concerned about the skillful use of biotechnology for the food security and environment security. He focused on the development and economic gains of crop varieties and further shared the future plans his institute. Worthy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali (T.I) said that NIBGE being the centre of excellence is doing inspiring research. He showed high interest in the development of research groups on the same lines and having collaborative research. Role of the young scientists and students was also discussed and he encouraged them to pave the way for a prosperous Pakistan.