Groundbreaking of Natural Products Research Laboratory at KIU
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Groundbreaking of Natural Products Research Laboratory at KIU

Natural Products Research Laboratory at KIU

In a landmark event for scientific research and education in Gilgit-Baltistan, the Research Laboratory on Natural Products was officially inaugurated at Karakoram International University (KIU). The ceremony was graced by the presence of the esteemed Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, a renowned scientist, Mustafa (PBUH) Prize laureate, and former Coordinator General of COMSTECH. Dr Choudhary also serves as the Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi (UoK).

The inauguration coincided with the 1st International Conference on the Chemistry of Medicinal Plants 2024, adding further significance to the occasion. The event saw the attendance of KIU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Atta Ullah Shah, senior officials, professors, and students, all eager to witness this monumental step forward for the university.

The new laboratory represents a significant milestone in KIU’s quest for excellence in scientific research and discovery. Outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and facilities, it is dedicated to the research and development of natural products, aiming to drive innovation and progress in this critical field. The lab will play a pivotal role in the training of MS and PhD students from the Gilgit-Baltistan region, providing them with access to advanced tools and methodologies.

Prof Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary’s involvement in the inauguration underscores the lab’s importance within the scientific community. His substantial contributions to natural products research have been widely recognized, and his participation in this new initiative is expected to inspire and guide the next generation of researchers.

Speaking at the event, Dr Choudhary emphasized the potential impact of the laboratory on the local and global scientific landscape. “This facility is not just a milestone for KIU but a beacon of hope for researchers in natural products chemistry. It will pave the way for groundbreaking discoveries and foster a culture of scientific excellence in the region,” he said.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Atta Ullah Shah also expressed his enthusiasm and gratitude for the establishment of the laboratory. “We are honored to have Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary with us today. This laboratory will significantly enhance our research capabilities and provide our students with invaluable opportunities for learning and growth,” he remarked.

The Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary Research Laboratory stands as a testament to KIU’s commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and research. With its inauguration, the university takes a giant leap forward in its mission to contribute to the global scientific community while fostering local talent and innovation.

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