Volume 07 Issue 15

  • HEC proposes Rs25b to run ongoing, new initiatives

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has proposed an amount of Rs25 billion for financial year 2016-17 to run its ongoing and new initiatives in line with the Vision 2025 and the government’s priorities. The information made part of the draft PSDP 2016-17 proposal shared in National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training recently held at the HEC secretariat. The committee was briefed in detail by Chairperson HEC Prof. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed about the current projects and future plans of the Commission. …Read More

  • NCT focuses on role of Unani herbal medicines

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Council for Tibb (NCT) has recently organized a training workshop for practitioners, educators & manufacturers of Unani system of medicine in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan as chief guest made this occasion more auspicious.The prime motive of this workshop was to train practitioners in combating nationwide health problems. Ayub Sheikh, Secretary, NHSR&C, appreciated the efforts of NCT in promoting role of Unani herbal medi…Read More

  • Pakistan, Belarus agree to enhance edu, S&T coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance their cooperation in educational, scientific and technological fields. A delegation of the Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIVE) Belarus headed by RIVE Rector Prof ArkadyShklyar visited the Higher Education Commission Secretariat. The two sides agreed that Pakistan and Belarus have many similar priorities for higher education and both the countries need to synergize their potential in addressing future educational…Read More

  • Investment part of solution to energy crisis: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT SWABI: Speakers at the recently concluded three-day International Conference on Next Generation Energy Technologies (ICONGET) 2016 at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIK) of Engineering Sciences and Technology said that Pakistan has great potential to produce energy. They said that the available resources should be used in a result-oriented way by the government. Funded by Higher Education Commission, the conference was organised by GIK and South Dakota State University (SDSU). Hundreds of scholars attended the …Read More

  • Hamdard Foundation gains impress delegates

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The achievements of various educational and medical projects being undertaken by the Hamdard Foundation of Shaheed Hakim Muhammed Said have left delegates impressed who want such schemes launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well to benefit the militancy-hit province people. The journalists from Peshawar received the first-hand information on these projects during a recent visit to the port city of Karachi. The occasion was the 20th convocation of the Hamdard University at Madinat al-Hikmah — the city of education, science and culture, set up by the Shaheed Hakim Muhammed Said. The visitors were taken to Idara-e-Said in Bait-al Hikmah, Ham…Read More

  • SECP for sustaining regulators-academia ties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has emphasised that the relationship between regulators and academia is important to face the complex challenges of developing markets, research and equipping the youth with applied knowledge. He was addressing the participants while signing MoUs with prestigious universities for promoting investors’ education, awareness on financial discipline and literacy. The SECP chairman said that investors’ education and aware…Read More

  • Work on biofuel in full swing

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories is working on a number of research oriented projects, the most important being to produce biofuel from crop residue. Established in 1953 to help industry and small and medium enterprises (SME) in troubleshooting, quality assurance and quality control, the Institute is also working on a plan to set up a modern laboratory for testing the efficiency of electrical appliances, something not done before in Pakistan. PCSIR Laboratories Complex is undertaking one component of biofuel project with Punjab University and Government College University doing the remainin…Read More

  • Education improvement boosts competitiveness

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Education, one of the central concerns of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 plan, is becoming more accessible to population, and higher education in particular is moving the country forward in science and technology. The US is partnering with Pakistan in number of areas to support its economic development, and indeed bilateral cooperation in education is key to this partnership. In June, it was announced that four Pakistani and three US universities would collaborate on a research project called Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in order to find innovative solutions to water, agriculture and energy challenges for Pakistan. The USAID…Read More

  • Good farming practices stressed for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Potato consumption has grown significantly in Pakistan over the last one decade, but still, more than 99% of farmers grow potatoes from non-certified seeds, renowned Dutch expert on food security, Romke Wustman said. In his special lecture on ‘Food Security and Need for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Crop Production,’ organized jointly by SDPI and the Embassy of Netherlands, he said ensuring uses of technology at all stages of production, which includes storage as well, can improve economic…Read More

  • ICGEB training course on basic biotechnology techniques

    STAFF REPORT LHR: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan in collaboration with International Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy, has recently organized a three-day hands-on training course on “Basic Biotechnology Techniques” at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi. The event comprised various lectures from national and international guest speakers which covered a wide area of recent advancements in various fields of biotechnology.  Hands-on training sessions were also conducted regarding basic tools and applications of biotechnological processes. Around 60 local and international parti…Read More

  • Scientific application must for socio-economic uplift

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Vice Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Prof. Dr Aslam Uqaili has said that modern scientific application is being developed on the latest research-based knowledge in order to benefit the community at large for socio-economic development of the common people.  He said this while addressing at the concluding ceremony of the recently held three-day training workshop on “Geo-informatics” at US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) of Mehran…Read More

  • GCU pays tribute to Nobel laureate Abdus Salam

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore have said that the inspiring and fascinating story of Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam must be told to every child in the third world countries. The seminar was jointly organised by the university’s Jones Physics Society, Salam Chair and the Pakistan Physical Society to pay tribute to the Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate in the field of science for his contributions to the landmark electroweak unification. In his keynote address, GCU Salam Chair Prof. Dr. G. Murtaza said the story of a village boy from Jhang inspires all the young people with the idea that, wherev…Read More

  • Cellcos asked to explain discrepancies in on-net, off-net tariffs

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The PTA has given one month to cellular mobile operators (CMOs) to explain discrepancies in their on-net and off-net tariffs, which are leading to unhealthy competition and price wars, thus impacting the overall industry. The telecom authority has issued a consultation paper highlighting that although CMOs have positive gross margins, some are sustaining losses. Moreover, consolidation in the industry is taking place to deal with such low tariffs.…Read More

  • Freelancing thru internet getting popular

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Freelancing is progressing in conventional job markets and it is estimated that by 2020, one in three workers worldwide will be freelancing online. It is a brave new world indeed, as many workers are jeopardizing their full-time jobs to shifting towards self-employment. According to a survey report, the increasing broadband access in Pakistan has accelerated growth of freelance marketplaces. This online revolution has improved availability, quality and the affordability of workers, especial…Read More

  • Modern tech urged for seed development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To strengthen national food security, Pakistan will have to adopt modern agricultural technologies, especially in terms of seed development and farming, said agriculture experts while addressing a seminar on ‘Developing Seed in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities’ at PARC. Experts stressed upon enhancing knowledge sharing initiatives to improve strategies and future opportunities for seed development in general and the potato crop in particular.  The National Agriculture Research Cou…Read More

  • PARC’s RADP project focuses farming sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is flying under the major project of Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP) for the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan with a total cost of Rs. 2963 million. RADP is a basket of technologies for the end users. The government is focusing on a broad based holistic approach to agricultural growth through science based solutions for more profitable farming, high productivity, diversification of high value crops, demand based production, value addi…Read More

  • CricFlex to represent Pakistan in GSEA Global Finals

    STAFF REPORT KHI: CricFlex continues its streak of earning prestigious laurels. Most recently, it has won the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) organised by Entrepreneurs Organization, Lahore Chapter.  Entries from all over Pakistan were sought and only ten projects were shortlisted to pitch their startup in front of the revered judges including Dr. Omar Chughtai, Uzair Shahid, Ch. Abdul Rehman and other esteemed members. The team CricFlex will now represent Pakistan in the GSEA…Read More

  • wi-tribe starts Wi Net TV services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The wi-tribe has recently launched its Wi Net TV in Pakistan, a web and app based streaming service that offers over 150 channels. After 3G/4G roll out in Pakistan, a huge number of people are streaming media content on their handheld devices and this is exactly the segment wi-tribe is aiming to tap. While wi-tribe’s Wi Net TV is not the first of its kind service, the company claims that its services are best in class and offer most number of channels as compared to competing services available in …Read More

  • HEC mulls to speed up innovation in universities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Innovation Steering Committee has suggested engaging with senior management of universities to improve output of their Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORICs). The meeting chaired by HEC Innovation Steering Committee Chairman Imtiaz Rastgar discussed at length the monitoring and evaluation process, development of success parameters and outreach and marketing strategy for startup businesses in universities. Imtiaz Ali R…Read More

  • Experts present proposals to address water crisis

    STAFF REPORT HYD: Water experts have underlined the need for building water reservoirs, preparation of water policy and research in order to form framework to combat water crisis and challenges in Pakistan. They expressed these views at a meeting on “Water Resources Challenges of Pakistan” held recently at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, which was organised by US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W). Former Sindh Irrigation secretary and wa…Read More

  • Traditional medicines getting popular in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President, National Council for Tibb, Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, has said that can generate high revenues through profitable use of medicinal resources particularly in Baluchistan, which has great potential to attract big international markets, as the country is blessed with bounty of countless medicinal and herbal plant diversity. He said this while taking attending a session hosted by Ministry of National Health Services for appraisal of traditional medicine. Besides Dr. Shinwari, t…Read More

  • IBA computer science society holding competitions

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Computer Science Society of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, is holding competitions starting from April 15. According to an official of the Institute said that the three-day events will take place at the Main Campus of the IBA. He said that the IBA Karachi is back again with its 4th edition of ‘ProBattle’, hosted by the Computer Science Society (CSS). It was pointed out that the journey of ‘ProBattle’ started three years ago and its success is still a …Read More

  • IST Youth Carnival ends with great success

    STAFF REPORT ISB: IST Youth Carnival (IYC) has recently been concluded at Institute of Space Technology (IST) which featured 60 events with the participation of about 4000 students from fifty universities from all over Pakistan. The carnival encompassed diverse blend of events providing means of interest to a wide variety of aptitudes.  During the event, the students were encouraged to display their oratory, planning, technical, artistic and cognitive skills while participating in various competiti…Read More

  • SEECS students win SATHA innovation award

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: A team of three final year students Taihami Tariq, MubarizZaffar and Muhammad Alp Arslan have won the South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA) Innovation award for their FYP project Di-Nero.  Supervised by Dr. Hammad M. Cheema, the team has developed a low cost diagnostic device for early detection of diabetic neuropathy. This nerve disorder results in a staggering 2500 limb amputations per day and the 415 Million diabetic patients are all at risk of developing neuropathy at some stage of their lives.   The SATHA award rewards significant contribution and value creation made by individuals and organizations.Different scientists from …Read More

  • Arsenic contaminated water cause of cancer

    STAFF REPORT KHI: It is alarming that arsenic-laced water is being consumed in the city, which is one of the major causes of cancer, said Dr Zafar Fatmi, an environmental health expert and associate professor at Aga Khan University. Dr. Fatmi was speaking at a seminar recently organised by the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) to mark the World Water Day. He explained how arsenic contamination has greatly affected human health and said failure to provide clean water to the people of South Asia can lead to increased child mortality. According to him, diseases such as hepatitis, polio, dengue, malaria and diarrhoea are spread…Read More

  • Telenor sets up largest retail network device sale

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan has reinforced its ambition to secure growth as the retailers’ favorite business partner and strengthened its resolve to work with retail channel partners to deliver exceptional results in order to provide seamless digitized experience to the customers. In this regard, Telenor becomes the first operator in Pakistan to enable ‘12,000 retailers and 500 Easyshops for device sale’ in more than 184 cities, all across the country. Through the enablement of over 12,000 retailers, Telenor Pakistan has established the largest retail network for device sale in the country. The company has had contributed immensely to empower soci…Read More

  • Court orders recognition of Comsats degrees

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore High Court has directed the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan Engineering Council to recognize degrees of 2800 students who completed their studies under dual-degree program offered by COMSATS University in collaboration with the UK’s Lancaster University. Abubakar, Talha and other students had filed the petition maintaining that the university received huge fees from the students against the dual-degree programme under which the students were to study one of the two years of programme at the Lancaster University in UK. However, the petitioners said, the university denied honouring the commitment at later s…Read More

  • German varsities, AWKU sign deal for research

    STAFF REPORTER PESH: German Ambassador to Pakistan Ina Lepel has said that German Universities and Abdul Wali Khan University would cooperate with each other in promotion of research activities, saying Wali Khan Varsity in a short span of time has developed itself into a reputed education institute. She said that German universities under an agreement with Abdul Wali Khan University would jointly work in different sector of research. She said this during her recent visit to the AWKU in Mardan wherein she visited various faculties including Central Library and Admin Bloc. The German diplomat took keen interest in the central library and held a meeting with the Ph.D scholars, educated fr…Read More

  • Pak kid to sue govt over climate inaction

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A seven-year-old Pakistani girl is suing her government over climate change, arguing that the state has a responsibility to protect common natural resources for the benefit of future generations. The groundbreaking Supreme Court challenge will highlight the Pakistani government’s statements on the importance of tackling climate change, and contrast them against plans to massively increase coal consumption. Rabib Ali, through her father, Pakistani Attorney Qazi Ali Athar, is the petitioner in the case. She’s supported by the US based not-for-profit Our Children’s Trust, which is building a wave of youth-led climate action around the glob…Read More

  • $50 million loan sought for IT Park

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has sought $50 million in loan from Korea Eximbank for the construction of IT Park in the capital city.  Government officials, at a recently held meeting have asked a delegation of Korea Eximbank to submit their final report for providing $50 million to expedite the project completion. Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman Khan requested the Korean team to speed up their efforts and try to submit their final report by next week, “So that we could enter in to an implementation ph…Read More

  • Nanotechnology: an emerging trend in agriculture

    Nanotechnology is study of operating materials at nano-scale. It is an innovative, progressive, interdisciplinary scientific methodology that comprises designing, development and use of materials & devices at molecular level in nanometer scale i.e. at least one dimension ranges in size from 1 to 100 nanometers.  Among the most recent mechanical advances, nanotechnology possesses a focal position. It has various applications in all phases of production, processing, collecting, packaging and transport of agricultural products. The lessened utilization o…Read More

  • Nutritional facts of eating nuts

    A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, which is generally edible. In a general context, however, a wide variety of dried seeds are called nuts, but in a botanical context, there is an additional requirement that the shell does not open to release the seed. One surprising finding from nutrition research is that people who regularly eat nuts are less likely to have heart attacks or die from heart disease than those who rarely eat them. “Eating a diet that includes one ounce of nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease.” Nuts and seeds are rich in energy and nutrients. Nuts nutrition loaded with excellent source of monounsaturated-fatty acids (MUF) s…Read More

  • Photothermal therapy of cancer with gold nanoparticles

    One nanometer is a billionth of a meter and nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at nanoscale or in other words at molecular level which gives precision and accuracy in their design and function. Nanotechnology has potential to revolutionize each and every filed of science and technology. In the field of biomedical research, it will change the basis for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Cancer is a group of diseases identified asuncontrolled cell division and resulting in the masses of tissues called tumors…Read More

  • Preservation of endangered medicinal plants of GB

      Medicinal plants have the old history of human use. The oldest written evidence of medicinal plants usage for preparation of drugs has been found on a Sumerian clay slab from Nagpur, approximately 5000 years old. The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-developed societies and is often more affordable than purchasing modern pharmaceutical. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. These plants mostly grow on high elevations such as mountainous regions because these places are more c…Read More

  • Tomato consumption and health emerging benefits

    The “tomato” word may denote the plant Solanum lycopersicumL. The “tomato” word has the origin and description from the “tomatl” representing “the bulge fruit”. Globally its production is round about 159 million tones. In Pakistan,tomato crop is employed in various ways, comprising raw constituents, as an ingredient in many dishes, salads, drinks and of course sauces. Tomatoes are almost grown in all provinces of Pakistan owing its utmost importance and vital nature. Tomato plant habit is perennial in natural habitation, while in temperate climates it is often grow…Read More

  • Inept priorities!

    Pakistan currently is rife with the reports regarding introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – crops, fruits and vegetables. An international agreement - Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety – exists there that establishes a world regime primarily aimed at regulating trade in GMOs intended for release into the environment. The Protocol also imposes certain information-sharing requirements for GMOs shipped in bulk as commodities for use as human food or animal feed, or in processed goods. But here the question arises, has Pakistan enacted any procedure, rules or laws to monitor and regulate GM seeds and GMO release? It has been reported that the federal government has recen…Read More

  • CricFlex to represent Pakistan in GSEA Global Finals

    STAFF REPORT KHI: CricFlex continues its streak of earning prestigious laurels. Most recently, it has won the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) organised by Entrepreneurs Organization, Lahore Chapter.  Entries from all over Pakistan were sought and only ten projects were shortlisted to pitch their startup in front of the revered judges including Dr. Omar Chughtai, Uzair Shahid, Ch. Abdul Rehman and other esteemed members. The…Read More

  • SEECS students win SATHA innovation award

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: A team of three final year students Taihami Tariq, MubarizZaffar and Muhammad Alp Arslan have won the South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA) Innovation award for their FYP project Di-Nero.  Supervised by Dr. Hammad M. Cheema, the team has developed a low cost diagnostic device for early detection of diabetic neuropathy. This nerve disorder results in a staggering 2500 limb amputations per day and the 415 Million diabetic patients are all at risk of developing neurop…Read More

  • ICGEB training course on basic biotechnology techniques

    STAFF REPORT LHR: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan in collaboration with International Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy, has recently organized a three-day hands-on training course on “Basic Biotechnology Techniques” at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi. The event comprised various lectures from national and international guest speakers which covered a wide area of recent advancements in various fields of biotechnology. Hands-on training sessions were also conducted regarding basic tools and applications of biotechnological processes. Around 60 local and international participants were tak…Read More

  • Traditional medicines getting popular in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President, National Council for Tibb, Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, has said that can generate high revenues through profitable use of medicinal resources particularly in Baluchistan, which has great potential to attract big international markets, as the country is blessed with bounty of countless medicinal and herbal plant diversity.  He said this while taking attending a session hosted by Ministry of National Health Services fo…Read More

  • GCU pays tribute to Nobel laureate Abdus Salam

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore have said that the inspiring and fascinating story of Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam must be told to every child in the third world countries.  The seminar was jointly organised by the university’s Jones Physics Society, Salam Chair and the Pakistan Physical Society to pay tribute to the Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate in the field of science for…Read More

  • Pakistan, Belarus agree to enhance edu, S&T coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance their cooperation in educational, scientific and technological fields.  A delegation of the Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIVE) Belarus headed by RIVE Rector Prof ArkadyShklyar visited the Higher Education Commission Secretariat. The two sides agreed that Pakistan and Belarus have many similar priorities for higher education and both the count…Read More

  • SECP for sustaining regulators-academia ties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has emphasised that the relationship between regulators and academia is important to face the complex challenges of developing markets, research and equipping the youth with applied knowledge.  He was addressing the participants while signing MoUs with prestigious universities for promoting investors' education, awareness on financial discipline and literacy. The SECP chairman said that inve…Read More

  • IBA computer science society holding competitions

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Computer Science Society of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, is holding competitions starting from April 15.  According to an official of the Institute said that the three-day events will take place at the Main Campus of the IBA. He said that the IBA Karachi is back again with its 4th edition of ‘ProBattle’, hosted by the Computer Science Society (CSS). It was pointed out that th…Read More

  • PARC’s RADP project focuses farming sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is flying under the major project of Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP) for the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan with a total cost of Rs. 2963 million.  RADP is a basket of technologies for the end users. The government is focusing on a broad based holistic approach to agricultural growth through science based solutions for more profitable farmin…Read More

  • Investment part of solution to energy crisis Speakers

    STAFF REPORT SWABI: Speakers at the recently concluded three-day International Conference on Next Generation Energy Technologies (ICONGET) 2016 at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIK) of Engineering Sciences and Technology said that Pakistan has great potential to produce energy.  They said that the available resources should be used in a result-oriented way by the government. Funded by Higher Education Commission, the conference was o…Read More

  • wi-tribe starts Wi Net TV services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The wi-tribe has recently launched its Wi Net TV in Pakistan, a web and app based streaming service that offers over 150 channels.  After 3G/4G roll out in Pakistan, a huge number of people are streaming media content on their handheld devices and this is exactly the segment wi-tribe is aiming to tap. While wi-tribe’s Wi Net TV is not the first of its kind service, the company claims that its services are best in class and offer most number of channels as …Read More