KARACHI : The University of Karachi and Foshan University of the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Foshan University in the presence of Professor Dr Bilquees Gul on behalf of Karachi University and Hao Zhifeng of Foshan University.
According to the MoU, both parties have agreed to set up Guangdong Belt and Road Institute of Plant Environmental Sensing and Signaling for modern agriculture. They have also agreed to set up China International Science and Technology Cooperation base for environmental membrane biology. For the interest of substantial implementation, they have also agreed to organise international conferences, forums and seminars regularly.
The MoU is designed for the interest of academic exchanges and scientific research cooperation, on the basis of equality, friendship, mutual assistance. They will be involved to apply and to accomplish research projects related to plant membrane biology and modern agriculture.
Karachi University and Foshan University have also decided to provide funds for early career researchers from the Belt and Road countries going to Foshan University for short-term study or scientific research. According to the MoU, funds and other facilities would be provided for outstanding young scientists from China and Belt and Road countries doing joint PhD programme and to exchange scientists and specialists participating in international scientific events like seminars, conferences, symposia and exhibition.
The representatives of both universities also agreed that any activities mentioned in this Memorandum of Understanding should be negotiated and determined by both parties before virtual practice.
The memorandum would be valid from the date of formal signature by both parties for a period of five years and would be automatically renewed.
Earlier, the Director ISHU Karachi University, Professor Dr Bilquees Gul, mentioned that the idea was to bring together some salinity experts at one place to do some brainstorming and discuss how to make their collaboration more efficient and productive at the briefing held at Foshan University.