Modern research needed on new farming techniques

STAFF REPORT IBD: Agriculture scientists are the real driving force of the farming techniques and they should play their role for the development of agriculture sector. They also need to ensure that research results must reach the door-step of farmers to increase production in order to ensure food security in the country."Zero tillage technology in Pakistan was introduced about 2-3 decades ago but the same is not wide-spread as one would like to see," said Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, PARC

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Scholars for more research papers under HEC

STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan has become a fertile country for research as more than 8,000 papers by the country’s researchers were published in the international journals this year. This is a huge step up from the 500 research papers that were produced in the year 2000, before the establishment of the Higher Education Commission (HEC)."The amount of research emanating from Pakistan had been growing by 20 per cent each year," said Dr Attaur Rehman, former chairman HEC, while speaking at

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Latest research needed to prevent New Castle disease

STAFF REPORT LHR: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has urged scientists to equip themselves with the latest knowledge and skills to cope with Newcastle disease which is causing huge economic losses."Poultry industry was the second largest and fastest growing industry in Pakistan but it unfortunately had faced severe challenges like Newcastle disease (Rani khet) in recent years. The disease caused Rs 7 billion economic loss to

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PSF funds 1,031 S and T research projects

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Science Foundation has so far funded 1,031 research projects in various fields of science and technology that have resulted in publication of 612 research papers in the national and international journals."Around 169 research scholars have acquired MPhil degrees while 115 have done their PhDs," PSF Spokesperson Rehana Batool told the media. She said the promotion of scientific research and related activities is the major objective of PSF. "We provide

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PCRWR sets up research sites in Cholistan

STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) regional Office, Bahawalpur has established its Field Research Stations, covering over 15 sites in the Cholistan desert to conduct development oriented research on the desert problems in the actual desert environment.The major Desert Research Stations are at Dingarh, Naraywala, Hyderwali, Toba Allah Yar, Marrot, Qaim Sir, Noorpur Balochan, Noor Sir Balochan, Malkana, Nawa Khoh, Piryar, Chaku, consisting of land for

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DAAD, PSF agree to boost research coop

STAFF REPORT IBD: Research and science organisations of Pakistan and Germany have recently agreed to arrange information dissemination programmes so that maximum number of Pakistani students and research scholars could benefit from German funding programmes for scientists and researchers.This has been decided at a meeting held between Ursula Saarbeck, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre, Islamabad, and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Professor Dr.

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Scientists stress more research on medicinal plants

STAFF REPORT KHI: National and international scientists at a recently held symposium have said that there is a dire need to have more research on medicinal plants as various fatal diseases can be avoided by developing effective drugs by plants.The 4-day 13th International symposium on Natural Product Chemistry was held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU).English scientist Patrick G. Steel, Dr. Banasri Hazra of India, N. Waksman of

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UET to set up energy research centre

STAFF REPORT LHR: In order to improve innovative and cost effective solutions to energy issues especially in Punjab, a Centre for Energy Research and Development will be set up at Kala Shah Kaku by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.According to details, total cost of the building the project would be Rs 292 million and is expected to take two years for completion. The research would mainly be about discovering different ways of renewable energies. Such sources as photovoltaic

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International collaboration key to S and T research projects

By Paras AliISLAMABAD: International collaboration is a must for research and development of any country and Pakistan should avail all opportunities in this regard by seeking strengthened cooperation from other states."We should not be disheartened that only one-year has been left to conclusion of EU’s 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013).  The FP8 titled "Horizon Twenty-Twenty" is ahead and Pakistani Rand D organizations can fully benefit by availing the opportunity of funding

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Pak varsities ranked high with research publications

STAFF REPORT IBD: Tremendous increase in research publications as QAU remains at top with 717 publications followed by UoA with 524 publications and AKU with 521 publications."The number of publications by Pakistan’s higher education institutions has increased from about 800 in the year 2002 to more than 6,000 in the year 2011. In 2010, this number was 5,000," reveals HEC’s Assessment and Research Ranking Report.It said that these publicae1tions were extracted using three global

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Pak students research wins US award

STAFF REPORT KHAIRPUR: A hot sweet cup of tea will solve most problems. But it appears that more and more research is proving that tea can help clean water for human consumption.Shadab Rasool Abro, a student of matriculation and a resident of Khairpur, has been given an award as well as a scholarship worth 250,000 dollars by the US State University of New York for presenting his research in the field of Bio Chemical."I have conducted a modern research in the field of Bio Chemical and also

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HEC facilitates over 1600 PhDs in foreign research

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan HEC, under it International Research Support Initiative Program IRSIP, has awarded 1647 scholarships to PhD scholars, studying in higher education institutions of Pakistan, for undertaking research at top ranking universities of 37 academically advanced countries."These foreign scholarships have been awarded in all the major disciplines including physical sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences, biological and medical

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PARB nods Rs 450m research projects

STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) has approved Rs450 million budget for year 2012-13 for funding high priority research projects under the competitive grant system (CGS).According to details, the budget was approved for 30 new agriculture research projects including all the running projects under the umbrella of PARB.The board comprehensively evaluated the report about 12 randomly selected PARB funded projects and expresses satisfaction on the evaluation of these

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US-funded bio-statistical research institute opens

STAFF REPORT LHR: US Consulate General Lahore has launched the US-funded bio-statistical consulting centre at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, which is equipped with 20 computers and state-of-the-art data analysis software to develop research plans, analyze data, and draft manuscripts for publication."The US government is focusing on Pakistan’s educational capacity building through science and technology programme," said US Consulate General Economics Officer Frank P

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Research culture pillar to progress

Dr. Muhammad Abbas Choudhary, currently the Vice Chancellor of UET Taxila, holds both Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the George Washington University, USA, and over 28 years of high level national and international experience in engineering profession working on high profile projects. He taught at GWU and provided professional services to UNYSIS Corporation, Automatic Data Processing Inc, Government of Washington DC and States of Connecticut and multinationals for many years. Dr. Choudhary

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27 Pak scientists research leads to Higgs boson discovery

STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as 27 Pakistani scientists working at CERN made a visible contribution in the flawless research that has finally led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, also nicknamed the "God particle", that travels faster than light; this experiment will help in re-enacting the first moments of the universe.These participating scientists included Dr Hafiz Hoorani, Dr Jamila Bashir Butt, Hassan Shahzad, Taimoor Khursheed, Saleh Muhammad, Muhammad Ahmad, Wajid Ali Khan,

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Science research key to survival: Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro

Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro is playing a vibrant role as Chairman PSF with initiating multiple research programmes in collaboration with other organizations. Winner of the Presidential Quaid-i-Azam Scholarship for PhD. and the Overseas Research Students Award’, Dr. Soomro, during his stay at PARC, played a leading role in developing disease management technology to control potato disease. He has launched a nationwide programme to create awareness among students and general masses in rural areas

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