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Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali, said this recently concluded three-day international moot on botany at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Vice Chancellor QAU, Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai, in his welcome address, said that the representatives of various countries here in this conference possess a credible science and technology potential.

“Some countries have created basic infrastructure and have achieved a degree of success on certain fronts, but are lacking in capital resources to sustain their research and development setup. On the other hand, some states have very weak Science and Technology base and are almost completely dependent on imported technologies but possess huge capital resources to meet these requirements,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari, head of the Department of Bio Technology and President of Pakistan Botanical Society, in his detailed presentation, described the history and background of the Botanical Society, scope of plant sciences.

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