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Researchers have to work together to solve problems, PHEC Chairman
Researchers have to work together to solve problems, PHEC Chairman

LAHORE: (Thursday, March 16, 2023): Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Prof Dr Shahid Munir has said that to provide protection to wild animals, highlight the problems of environmental pollution and ensure the delivery of clean water, researchers from different disciplines should work together. He was addressing the inaugural session of the 41st three-day International Pakistan Congress of Zoology organized by the Punjab University Institute of Zoology in collaboration with the Zoological Society of Pakistan. On this occasion, PU Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, President Zoological Society of Pakistan Prof Dr Abdul Rauf Shakuri, Secretary Abdul Aziz Khan, internationally renowned scientists, researchers, faculty members and a large number of students were present. PU Institute of Zoology’s Prof Dr Zulfiqar Ali was given the best zoologist of the year award for his services in the Department of Life Sciences, while Prof Dr Muzaffar Ahmed was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his address, Dr Shahid Munir congratulated to the scientists who got award. He said that the present century is certainly the century of biological sciences. He said that times have changed; now the protection of wildlife is not the responsibility of zookeepers alone. He said that to work on genetic changes in Pakistan, scientists from different fields of science in PU have to play their role. He said that the country's economy can be strengthened by developing the livestock sector. He expressed hope that researchers will benefit from each other's research and experiences to improve the quality of life of humans and animals in the three-day congress. Dr Abdul Rauf Shakuri said that zoologists should also be included in policy making. Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi said that the role of scientists in finding solutions to the problems faced by the world is commendable.