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GCU biosciences moot stresses for research, innovation

By Our Correspondent
April 20, 2024
The Government College University (GCU) Lahore facade is seen in the picture. — AFP/File
The Government College University (GCU) Lahore facade is seen in the picture. — AFP/File

LAHORE: Speakers at the 6th International Conference on “Advances in Biosciences” emphasised the significance of interdisciplinary research and innovation in addressing global challenges and improving quality of life.

The two-day conference was organised by the Dr Ikram ul Haq Institute of Biotechnology at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ahmad Adnan chaired the inaugural session, which was addressed by eminent experts in the field, including Prof Dr Anwar Malik, President of the Biological Society of Pakistan. In his opening remarks, Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq, the Secretary General of the Biological Society of Pakistan, noted the overwhelming response to the call for research papers for the conference, with 128 submissions from universities and research institutions nationally and internationally.

In his keynote address, the former federal minister on food security, Prof Dr Kauser Abdullah Malik, reflected on the historical significance of the Pakistan Biological Society and its enduring presence as one of the country's oldest scientific societies. Dr Malik praised the expertise in biological sciences cultivated in Pakistan through a period of liberalization and strong government support, which led to significant capacity building and the development of skilled professionals across the country.

Prof Dr Anwar Malik also highlighted the pivotal role of the Biological Society of Pakistan, championing scientific inquiry and collaboration since its establishment in 1955. He envisioned the conference as a platform for exchange, innovation, and friendly competition among peers, noting revolutionary advancements in biological sciences, from genetic research editing technology to the innovative applications of artificial intelligence in bioinformatics, opening limitless possibilities. Dr Malik emphasised the potential for developing resilient crops, personalised medicine, innovative drug delivery systems.