Islamabad, May 24, 2012 (PPI-OT): A Chinese delegation comprising scientists and researchers visited Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) here the other day.
The delegation visited Pakistan under a collaborative project titled “Molecular Characterization, Mass Production and Formulation of Entomopathogenic Nematodes” between National Nematode Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi and Guangdong Entomological Institute, Guangzhou, China. The Project was approved under the 17th Protocol of S and T between Pakistan and China.
During a meeting with the delegation headed by Prof. Dr. Han Richou, PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro briefed the guests about mandate, functions, programs, achievements and future plans of the Foundation. PSF Member Science Dr. Khalil Ibupoto, Member Finance Mr. Riazul Islam, Chief Scientific Officer Ms. Farhat Rajpar and Director Planning and Development Ms. Durkhshanda Kokab were present in the meeting.
Dr. Soomro told the delegation that PSF provides funding for research activities and actively engaged in Commercialization of Research and Popularization of Science through different means including science caravans, popular lectures, national and international science exhibitions, science competitions among students, support to scientists in research and attending national and international science events, teachers training workshops on inquiry-based science education and celebrations of international science related days etc.
The Chairman said PSF provides funds for strengthening of science laboratories and provide travel grants to research scholars.
Dr. Richou appreciated numerous activities being undertaken by PSF. He said the Foundation is a powerful organization.
The delegation also visited Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), an auxiliary organization of PSF.
PMNH Director General (DG) Dr. Syed Azhar Hasan along with the Directors of PMNH scientific divisions received the delegation. The DG briefed the guests about PMNH mandate, functions, activities, achievements and future plans.
The Chinese delegation took a round of the PMNH display galleries and evinced their keen interest in exhibits of Pakistan’s natural resources including plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks and gemstones etc.
The delegation appreciated the PMNH research and public education activities. The delegation also discussed the possibilities of Guangdong Entomological Institute, Guangzhou, China’s collaborative projects with PMNH.
It is pertinent to mention that under the framework of Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation-1976, Pak-China Joint Committee in its meeting held in Beijing, China, on November 4, 2011 signed the Protocol of 17th Session. Two projects proposals of PSF/PMNH were approved for implementation.
The projects include (i) Molecular Characterization, Mass Production and Formulation of Entomopathogenic Nematodes by the National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi in collaboration with Guangdong Entomological Institute, Guangzhou, China (ii) Study Visit of Scientists from Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Pakistan Science Foundation, to Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing China.
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Pakistan Science Foundation
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: + 92 51 9202469-70
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