Islamabad: Chairman Khan Research Laboratories KRL Ijaz Mukhtar said Monday young scientific researchers are backbone of nation, Computational Science can play a vital role in the development of country; and young computational scientist would be great assets for us.

He was addressing inaugural ceremony of a five-day “National Conference on Computational Biology” organized by Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology of International Islamic University Islamabad IIUI, in collaboration with KRL and Pakistan Society of Computational Science/Biology at Faisal Mosque Campus of the university.

Rector IIUI, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Acting President IIUI, Dr. Nabi Bux Jummani, Chief Organizer and Head of Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology, Dr Jabbar Zaman Khattak, scientific experts and students across the country also attended the ceremony.

Ijaz Mukhtar said Pakistani youth is actively participating in the field of research, young students should be encouraged to launch modern and innovative scientific research projects and termed the recent conference as a milestone in this regard.

He said that we have a variety of opportunities for development and young scientists while utilizing their abilities in the field of scientific research can lead our country towards a journey of prosperity and success.

“I appreciate IIUI; PSF, Pakistan Society of Computational Biology; Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science Foundation for organizing this mega National event and their invaluable contribution to promote the spirit of scientific research in Pakistan” he said.

He added, due to efforts of research community Pakistan has achieved excellence in the field of modern scientific disciplines.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, being guest of honour lauded the effort of IIUI and KRL and welcomed the worthy guests and experts while hoping the recent effort would pave the way for excellence in the field of scientific research.

“ IIUI not only striving for promoting Islamic values and research but also it is committed to provide a platform for progress in the field of scientific subjects” he said. He added that progress in the field of science has become a prerequisite for development and prosperity of nations.

He urged young scientists to learn latest scientific techniques to compete the challenges of modern era. He maintained that young students must apply the latest techniques in the relevant areas of their research as it would provide valuable results. He expressed full confidence in the abilities of young IIUI scientific researchers while vowing that university would remain committed to encourage the potential of its students.

Dr.Nabi Bux Jummani, on the behalf of the President IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh welcomed the worthy guests and appreciated the efforts of IIUI and KRL and hoped students would get useful knowledge from the conference. He also assured every possible support for arranging such conferences in future.

Earlier, Dr. Jabbar Zaman Khattak, briefed the participants about the aims and objectives of the conference and welcomed them on the behalf of the department.

Scientific experts, Prof. Dr. Syed Walayat Hussain Shah and Dr. Naushaba Atta also spoke on the occasion and apprised about the aims and vision of such conferences.

Valuable lectures were delivered on the first day on various important scientific topics of computational Biology by Dr. Danial Christian Hoselli, Syed Ammar Jaffery, Dr. Nasir Mirza and Syed Nasir Mehmood Shah. The conference will last till October 25.

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