Islamabad (April 23)…………. A delegation comprising four members from Lanzhou University (LZU) China visited Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) for exchange of scientific knowledge and collaboration in agricultural research and development program. The Chinese delegation comprising Professor Dr. Xiagnkai Li, (School of Life Sciences), Dr. Yong Chen, Dr. Hongmei Sheng and Dr. Hua Zhang discussed the collaboration between LZU and PARC by sharing expertise, scientific material and information, facilitate exchange of faculty, researchers and students, sponsoring of research training of scientists and students; for Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral fellowships; and to organize international conferences and workshops.
The LZU delegation assured the provision of funds for the “Ecological Cycle Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ECARDC)” at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) and collaborative research projects in agriculture, livestock, ecology, microbiology, environment, bio-energy and other mutually identified priority areas and will publish co-authored scientific papers. They also discussed the working towards establishment of science, technology and Industry Park at NARC by LZU, China.
While presiding over a meeting with Chinese LZU delegation, Chairman PARC Dr. Nadeem Amjad said Pak-China friendship has a long history. He said China always supported Pakistan on all fronts whether it is defense, trade, economic relationship, provision of technology, installation of mega power plants, agriculture, and recently establishment of trade corridor. Pakistan also responded with same spirit, he added.
Chairman PARC said that it was defining moment when LZU inked MoU with PARC for research and development by sharing the knowledge, expertise, scientific material and information. This collaboration will go a long way for the development of technologies in the field of agriculture and other priority areas. The establishment of ECARDC will provide opportunity for scientists of both countries to interact positively and contribute towards the development and advancement of scientific culture. Senior professionals from PARC/NARC were also present in the meeting.
(Sardar Ghulam Mustafa) Edited by: Muhammad FiazJoyia
SD / DG (PR & Protocol) Sr. Director (SI), NARC
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