First nanochemistry lab of Pakistan to be set up at KU

Published: February 26, 2013
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KU Dean of Sciences, Prof. Shahana Urooj Kazmi.

KU Dean of Sciences, Prof. Shahana Urooj Kazmi.

KARACHI: 

The country’s first ever nanochemistry laboratory is slated to open at Karachi University next year.

A ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the facility, called Latif Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Nanotechnology, was held at the institution on Monday. The first-of-its-kind research centre in the country will be a part of the university’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and receive Rs50 million worth of funds from the Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation.

The director of ICCBS, Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, said that the new centre will be housed in a two-storey building with ten large laboratories, a central instrument room, dedicated library, a central workshop, a pilot plant and faculty, seminar and meetings rooms.

Speaking at the occasion, the founder of the Higher Education Commission, Dr Attaur Rahman, said, “In today’s world, nanotechnology has a major influence on the development of science and technology as well as engineering. The world of nanotechnology involves shrinking things down to a whole new level, where things are a billion times smaller than the world of metres that we live in.” He added that the country’s progress in the field of nanotechnology is strategically important for rapid industrial development. Dr Rahman added that in the near future, many fields, including manufacturing of new diagnostics, medicines, agrochemicals, defence products and engineering equipment will become dependent on nanochemistry.

The university’s dean of sciences, Prof. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, was quite optimistic that Pakistan will be able to create a pool of skilled manpower in the discipline as well as a network with international experts. “I believe the scientists from across the world will have a great time doing research with the latest equipment at the state-of-the-art centre.”

The HEJ Foundation had also played a key-role in the establishment of world-famous HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry at the university, which garnered tremendous recognition for Pakistan in the fields of chemical and biological sciences, said its chairperson, Aziz Latif Jamal. The foundation had also established the largest digital library in the region, named as LEJ National Science Information Centre. It has access to over 31,000 science journals and around 60,000 books from 220 international publishers.

Sindh governor’s adviser on higher education, Aftab Lodhi, was also present at the event.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Singh
    Feb 26, 2013 - 1:41AM

    Good Start for better future. Congrat.

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  • S
    Feb 26, 2013 - 3:45AM

    MASHALLAH

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  • The Khan
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:24AM

    My sister has recently gotten admission to Nanotechnology at University of Waterloo as an undergrad. Hopefully the program here reaches it potential so she can come back and do masters here

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  • hasan
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:27AM

    As if scientists from “around the world” have no better place to work than pakistan… madam, your focus should be to strengthen higher education, good quality students and complete eradication of madrasa system. Thats is the need for hour. Nanotechnology is a old concept and around the world, there are much advanced labs for scientists to do research, including in our neighborhood. Our PhDs and master students, cannot even compete at lowest level internationally. HEC has been a farce and wastage of money. How can you run a lab when there is no supply of local talent?

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  • Sumo
    Feb 26, 2013 - 10:26AM

    @hasan:
    is totally disconnected from science in Pakistan.

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  • SurelySure
    Feb 26, 2013 - 11:00AM

    great!!

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  • Hasan
    Feb 26, 2013 - 1:11PM

    @hasan: I beg to differ. You couldn’t be more wrong! I did my bachelors in electrical engineering from COMSATS Isb, which is not a leading university in Pakistan. Plus I was not top of my batch, I have always been above average, I can hold my own.

    Now I have completed my masters (in analogue micro-electronics) in Germany which is the hub of electronics and engineering. Suffice to say that it doesn’t get better than here. My GPA here was much better (eqv to 3.5) than in Pakistan and I may well go on to do a PhD in the same field. Also the Pakistanis here compare favorably with the other nationalities, and yes also our neighbors. My aim here is not to belittle others, but rather to point out the gross inadequacies in your argument. Never did I feel here that I am in any way inferior to others, in fact the tough routine that I went through in Pakistan made me much more resilient to bounce back from tough, stressful situations when others from more pampered lives found it a bit too much to handle. In case you are wondering, the courses here are really much tougher but I did not flunk in any. Such was the training I received in Pakistan and for that I will be eternally grateful to my professors and teachers!

    I think it is time for you and others like you to stop spreading false, half baked rumours and acquire the self-esteem and confidence to do something. With your attitude, you would not last long, not just in Pakistan, but outside as well.

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  • SM
    Feb 26, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @Sumo: wrong. i belong to the world of science and i (and many of my colleagues) would totally agree with hassan.

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  • Yousafzai
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:36PM

    I will really appreciate this efforts, because we certainly needs such type of research labs for future “Dair Ayad Durst Ayad”.

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  • Singh
    Feb 26, 2013 - 6:04PM

    @hasan:
    Why people like you criticize any good start. I agree with other Hasan. I am an Indian American & I know for fact student from India & Pakistan are very much talented. They work hard to achieve their goal & successful. Reason: they got very good start at home.
    If you failed in your life because of your own failure, don’t blame institution.

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  • SMS
    Feb 26, 2013 - 6:18PM

    In the words of the late Ardisher Cowasjee pehlay gutter banana seekho, nano technology karrnay chalay hain. Dr. Attaur Rehman who has literally has botched up HEC and done more damage to the standing of Pakistan’s academics should be tarred and feathered publicly. He has swindled millions in the name of HEC. I feel nauseaus when I hear him speak. How many false academics with fake degrees will reap the benefit of this ? How many people will use this intitute to line their pocets ? The reseach this instiute will produce will only further the damage to our terrible academic standing in the world. Before indulging in nanotechnology learn how to treat your waste, learn how to cross the streets, learn how to produce power, learn how to become good humans and good citizens.

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