By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom (ITT) Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddique laid the foundation stone of the ‘Genomics and Proteomics’ centre of the Virtual University of Pakistan at Kala Shah Kaku’s campus on Thursday.
While addressing the ceremony, the Federal Minister said that this ceremony was far more than just the literal foundation stone ceremony. In fact, it is equivalent to lay the foundation of research on a national scale from the platform of the Virtual University of Pakistan.
“This is an investment for future which is difficult to predict, and the manifestation of the efforts of Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar and his team who had the vision and wisdom to foresee the needs of research in the decade to come and plan the direction of their future” he marked.
He added that the Research and development sector within industries and academia in Pakistan is very weak. Strengthening of this sector could be contributed to the development of skilled labour, better products and a contribution to the economy. Within life sciences, techniques have been advanced to the stage where genes are the key factors in the treatment of diseases, specialized medicine, and healthcare. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to channelize our resources towards research in this segment.
Earlier, the minister was welcomed by the Rector, Virtual University, Mr Naeem Tariq along with Mr Ehsen Zafar Puri, Director ICT, VU, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar. The Registrar Virtual University, Dr Mohsin Javaid, Director Administration VU, Mr Ahmer Sayeed Qazi, General Manager VUTV, Babar Ali, Director Campuses, VU, Mr Farhan Sadiq and Project Director DigiSkills Mr Zafar Alvi were also present.
Later on, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui inaugurated the “Memorial Garden for APS Shuhdas” in the light of Prime Minister Clean Green Pakistan initiative. A total of 250 saplings were planted including 147 saplings planted for each APS Shaheed. The daughter of the Principal of APS was the guest of honour and she planted a sapling for her mother name who embraced Shahadat on APS incident.
At the end, a souvenir was also presented to the Chief Guest, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui by the Rector Naeem Tariq and Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar.