Virology institute opens at PCMD

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KARACHI: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood inaugurated the National Institute of Virology at the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi on Wednesday.
The virology research center, the first of its type, owned the state-of-the-art technologies for cutting edge instruments to conduct scientific investigation on viral and other diseases.
After the inauguration, the federal minister visited the virology research center. On the occasion Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Khalid Mehmood Iraqi, Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rahman, Chairman of the Prime Ministers National Task Force on Science and Technology, Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, and Chairman H.E.J. Foundation Aziz Latif Jamal were also present.
Speaking on the inaugural ceremony, held at the Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium – ICCBS, University of Karachi, Shafqat Mahmood said that the government was trying to unite all provinces on one point of education as this sector should be free from politics. He pointed out that the government would steadily enforce a unified education system in the
country to mitigate class differences between rich and poor classes.
The minister informed that participants that the federal education ministry was working on many projects to enhance the quality of education in all faculties of education. The federal government has allocated Rs.59 billion for the higher education sector, he said, adding that government has taken major step towards introducing a uniform syllabus in the country.
“I am pleased that a world-class institution to work on understanding the causes of the viral diseases has been inaugurated today, which I am confident will play a key role in the prevention and treatment of viral disease in the country,” he said while talking about the newly established research center.