The University of Sargodha and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of Karachi University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for promoting research and academic activities.
The agreement was duly signed by the Vice Chancellor University of Sargodha Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas and Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary (S.I, H.I, T.I).
Recognizing the importance of active engagement of academic members and researchers, both universities agreed to promote and encourage short and long term exchange of faculty members and professionals between ICCBS and UOS in the fields of specific interest.
Both parties agreed to promote joint research projects in the fields of common interest, whereas joint publications would also be promoted. Faculty training, mutually organizing National and International Workshops, Seminars, Symposia and Conferences were other features of MoU.
Besides promoting collaborative research, UoS and ICCBS would submit joint research projects to national international agencies aiming for funding.
Furthermore, a special lecture was organized by the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) on the title ‘’Science at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology’’ at NBS School Hall.
Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary (S.I, H.I, T.I)) explained that intrinsic relationship between chemistry and biology transcends the formal division of scientific disciplines. He further explained that fields like Biological Chemistry, Chemical Ecology, Bio-organic Chemistry and most recently Chemical Biology have emerged out of the combination of these two disciplines.
Chemical Biology is the youngest of the fields that has emerged from the Chemistry and Biology interface and includes research that involves the synthetic manipulation of chemical species, in order to study biological systems, he added.
Perhaps it is best that the interface of Chemistry and Biology continuously redefines itself and spawn’s new sub-disciplines to serve humanity, he concluded.
Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas thanked the worthy guest and appreciated his contributions. Vice chancellor also urged faculty members and students to contribute to society through quality research and innovative ideas.