Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for TCM set up at Karachi varsity

KARACHI: Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology, has expressed hope that establishment of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Karachi University would open new horizons for researchers.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Sino-Pakistan Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine-Traditional Unani Medicine held at Prof. Salim Uz Zaman Siddiqui Auditorium of the ICCBS – University of Karachi on Wednesday Prof. Atta underlined the importance of the bilateral relations between Pakistan and China and termed setting up the cooperation centre at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences a phenomenal development that would open new horizons for researchers to have new discoveries in the field of traditional medicines.

Many Chinese and Pakistani officials including Sindh Minister for Health & Population Welfare Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho (Online), Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi, Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi, Pakistan’s Ambassador in China Mr. Moin ul Haque (Online), Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Ms. Chunxue Pang (Online), Mayor Li Chunqiu, Huaihua, Hunan Province, China (Online), Director Health Dr. Dabir Ahmed (Online), Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, Ms. Sadia Rashid, President Hamdard Foundation also addressed the occasion physically or online.

Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi, the University’s chief unveiled the plaque of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prof. Rahman pointed out that Pakistan should take a lesson from China, as China had made great progress in every sector of development. The close relations between Pakistan and China on the fronts of science and technology, higher education, and Information Technology are fostering with each passing day, he added.

“We have established 150 centres across the country, while the establishment of Pak Austrian University of Applied Science and Engineering is one of my achievements, ” he informed the symposium.

Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho said that the establishment of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine would play a vital role in the promotion of traditional medicines in both countries. She said that ICCBS– University of Karachi was contributing its role remarkably in the area of research and higher education.

Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi welcomed the national and international participants on the occasion and highlighted role of the ICCBS in the ongoing pandemic. He said that the international centre had played a significant role in the national fight against the pandemic of Covid-19.

He said that Pakistan and China owned strong collaboration especially in terms of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) which was a framework of regional connectivity. The free use of Chinese Covid-19 in Pakistan was a great sign of strong friendship between the two countries, he added.

Pakistan’s Ambassador in China Mr. Moin ul Haque, in his online speech, congratulated Chinese and Pakistani officials for establishing a useful Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the international centre, and said that around 80 percent of the world populations rely on herbal medicines, while Unani and Chinese traditional medicines were practiced in Pakistan for centuries.

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary said that the new centre would perform R&D on traditional Chinese medicines, and clinical trials to prove their efficacy to help the suffering population of Pakistan.

He pointed out that the seven decades of relationship between the two brotherly counties were now translating into institutional collaboration. The ICCBS as a centre for excellence owns an international stature in the field of science and research, he said, adding that the institution was conducting numbers of clinical trials on various Chinese medicines.

He said, “ICCBS was the only institution in Pakistan which was not only certified by ISO but it also became ‘UNESCO Centre for Excellence Category-2 Institute’.”

In the end, various MoUs were also signed between Pakistani and Chinese institutions.