Pak economic prosperity linked with durable peace in Karachi: Ahsan Iqbal

KARACHI: Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform  Prof. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal, has  said that Pakistan’s economic prosperity was linked with the durable peace of Karachi, the economic nerve of the country.

He said China Pakistan corridor is a fate changer for Pakistan. The government focuses on the export goal of $150 billion by 2025. Economic stability and prosperity was possible through knowledge based research oriented society.

The Minister pointed out that Pakistan plans to setup US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor that can help the country learn from the US experiences and achievements in the fields of education, science and technology.

A statement said that the minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Center for Bioequivalence Studies and Clinical Research (CBSCR) held at International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, here on Saturday.

Vice Chancellor Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Chairman H.E.J. Foundation Aziz Latif Jamal and Chairperson Dr. Punjwani Memorial Trust Nadira Panjwani, Chairman Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) Saeed Allawala and Dr. Sonia Siddiqui also spoke at the occasion.

Earlier, the federal minister, along with Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, Prof. Atta-ur Rahman,  Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, Aziz Latif Jamal Ms Nadira Panjwani and other dignitaries inaugurated the newly setup building of CBSCR.

Delivering inaugural lecturer, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that government has increased the higher education budget from 43 billion rupees to 78 billion rupees that showed the government priorities. Higher education will be available to doorstep of every Pakistani; the government needs 10,000 Ph.Ds who will play key role to turn vision-2025 into a victorious venture, he added.

He said, “The federal government setup National Curriculum Council (NCC) to reform education sector. NCC will introduce standardised examination system in all over the country in the aftermath of devolving this subject to provinces under 18th constitutional amendment. The prime aim of the NCC is to inculcate critical thinking among students.”

He urged the youth to change their ways of thinking, and asked to develop positive thinking.

He appreciated the efforts made by the leadership of ICCBS to make this research establishment as the world class institution. He promised audience that the government will continue supporting University and ICCBS.

Dr. Muhammad Qaiser said that the University played pivotal role in term of promoting higher education, while the great research and academic activities at ICCBS were also the good example in this regard.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman appreciated the government step to increase the higher education budget from RS.43billion to RS.78billion, and advised the minister that if the government took some more positive steps like this, the higher education sector could be more successful.

“Muslim world needs to perform remarkable in higher education and science & technology. The only Cambridge University has produced around 90 noble laureates so far. Contrary to that in the Muslim world the situation is very miserable,” he said.

Dr. Iqbal Choudhary said that CBSCR, University of Karachi offered for the first time in Pakistan a unique facility of “certified reference laboratory” that would conduct bioequivalence evaluation and development of generic pharmaceutical products in full compliance with the regulatory authorities in Europe, USA and Japan.