The high officials of the Kazan Federal University (KFU), Tatarstan, Russian Federation, visited the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU).

Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, Director of ICCBS, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, welcomed the three-member foreign delegation, led by Prof Dr Timirkhan Alishev, Vice Rector, Kazan Federal University, at the ICCBS, University of Karachi. Other members of the delegation included Dr Ayrat Muhammetov and Dr Rauf Sabirov. It is pertinent to mention here that Kazan Federal University is the largest academic institution in the Republic of Tatarstan, and the second largest in the Russian Republic.

The foreign delegation is on a two-day official visit to the international center. Prof Timirkhan Alishev, along with other officials, had a meeting with Prof Iqbal Choudhary. The foreign officials were briefed about the massive activities related to science and research being carried out at the ICCBS, University of Karachi.

Dr Timirkhan Alishev said that KFU was one of the largest universities of the Russian federation, in which over 50,000 students were enrolled in all types of programs. The university is also running various academic programs for international students, as the university has around 10,883 international students from 101 countries, he said, adding that there are five students from Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Iqbal Choudhary said, “The ICCBS as a center for excellence owns an international stature in the field of science and research.” ICCBS is the only institution in Pakistan that is not only certified by ISO but it also became ‘UNESCO, WHO, OIC, and NAM- S&T Centre for Excellence’, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that both the institutions have agreed to initiate students and faculty exchange programs in the fields of artificial intelligence in health, nanotechnology, genomics, and pharmaceutical sciences. In the end, the delegation also visited the various research buildings and facilities of the center.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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