Departments of Environmental Sciences, Development Studies, Chemistry and Pharmacy
SDev was jointly organized by the Departments of Environmental Sciences, Development Studies, Chemistry and Pharmacy on 7-8 May 2012.
Following events were organized by the Department of Environmental Sciences:
Biotechnology team arranged a one-day symposium which was held on 7 May 2012 in A-Block of CIIT Abbottabad. At the venue, a display counter was set up by students of MS Biotechnology which was decorated with welcome banners. Brochures carrying information about Graduate Program in Biotechnology were also displayed on the counter. Moreover published research papers by Biotechnology faculty and theses of graduate students were also displayed. The display counter provided due information to the visitors about ongoing research work in biotechnology lab. It was a visual treat for all the worthy guests and visitors to let them know about research progress at CIIT.
At the opening of seminar, the guests and participants were welcomed by Dr Amjad Hassan, Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Program. The seminar was addressed by eminent scholars whereon they shared their expertise and noble work with the students. The learned guest speakers were:
Dr Safia Ahmed, Professor & Chairperson Microbiology Department, Quaid-i- Azam University, Islamabad, who delivered talk on “Microbial Technology for Environmental Cleanup”
Dr. Shaukat Iqbal Malik, Associate Professor, from Dr Atta-ur-Rehman School of Applied Biosciences, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, exchanged his knowledge about “A new cytogenetic approach for the evaluation of mutagenic potential of chemicals that induce cell cycle arrest in G2 phase”
The seminar was very informative and broadened the spectrum of students. The distinguished guests were honored with shields presented by Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah, Professor & Chairman, Department of Environmental Sciences. The ceremony ended on vote of thanks to all the participants and speakers by Dr. Muhammad Maroof Shah. The event was worth remembering and a healthy way of gaining information.
Another seminar was also arranged by the Department of Environmental Sciences which was held on 8 May 2012 at CIIT, Abbottabad. The topic of seminar was “Applications of Nanotechnology in Environmental Sciences”. The talk was delivered by Dr. Syyed Tajjamal Hussain, Director of National Centre of Physics, QAU, Islamabad. Dr. Tajjamal introduced various nanotechnologies and their applications in environmental remediation. A large number of students from various programmes of the department attended the seminar and found it very interesting. The interest of the students was evident from the question-answer session. Students asked many question to clear their concepts on the subject.
At the end, the Chairman of the department extended vote of thanks to the speaker and presented shield to the guest.
Seminar arranged by the Department of Earth Sciences:
Earth Seminar in SDEV (Science for Development) was the event organized by the Department of Earth Sciences under the umbrella of TechnoMoot. The seminar was conducted on 8 May 2012. Following speakers were invited to grace the seminar:
1. Prof.Dr. Mohammad Asif Khan, Director NCEG, University of Peshawar
2. Prof.Dr.Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Ex-chairman Department of Environmental Sciences,
University of Peshawar.
Discussion was carried out on the following topics:
Earth Sciences; New Trends and Greater Expectation
Geology; Scope and Limitations
The event started with the recitation of Holy Quran, followed by the welcome note to the speakers by Prof. Dr. Ishtiaq A. K. Jadoon, Chairman, Department of Earth Sciences, CIIT Abottabad. After the welcome note the distinguished guests presented their lectures. More than seventy students participated in the event. Dr. Ishtiaq Khan Jadoon presented shields to the guest. Afterwards, Dr. Amjad Sabir Head, Earth Sciences department expressed his gratitude to the worthy guests on behalf of the department for delivering such informative lectures.
Exhibition outside the conference room was equipped with lab equipment, rock samples, maps, journals, field equipment like drilling bit sample, and rock samples from the wells along with thin sections of various rocks samples to attract the attention of the students.
In addition to this, the students at reception were there to provide answers to FAQ’s about earth science. Guests commended the efforts of department for arranging the exhibition which in their view was quite interesting and informative.
Symposia organized by the Department of Chemistry:
In order to realize the pivotal role of Chemistry towards the services to humanity, the Department of Chemistry organized the symposia “New Horizons of Chemistry” for creating awareness about the Chemistry Department’s accomplishments and its role towards the benefit of public and industry as part of TechnoMoot 2012. It also helped to propagate the expertise available at the department and services towards humanity.
It was the great privilege of the event that prominent figures and distinguished speakers were invited for oral presentations. Welcome address was given by Prof. Dr. Rehana Rashid, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, CIIT Abbottabad.
Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah, an eminent and emerging young scientist from International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi delivered his lecture on the topic of “Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Calixarenes based Nanopores”.
Other eminent speaker was Prof. Dr. Farzana Latif Ansari, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. She shared her experiences on drug designing tools and delivered a presentation on the topic of “Role of in Silico Tools in Drug Designing”.
Shields and souvenirs were presented to speakers and guests. The session was concluded with the vote of thanks by Prof. Dr. Abdur Rehman, Professor, Department of Chemistry.
Workshop organized by the Department of Development Studies
In the event of Technomoot, 2012, the Department of Development Studies, CIIT Abbottabad organized a one day workshop titled “Child Labour: Concepts, Practices and Identifying Gaps”. The importance of the topic is self explaining. According to the National Child Labour survey, conducted more than a decade ago by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, 3.3 million children (in the 5-14 years age group) were economically active on a full-time basis. Most of these children were working 56 hours or more per week. The situation has much worsened since then owing to violent regional and ethnic conflicts, natural disasters and economic turmoil. For a developing country like Pakistan, the concerns over child labour are to be taken very seriously.
To understand the concepts and have a deep insight into what is happening on ground, the Department invited three guest speakers from the reputed institutes. The session started at about 2:45 PM and ended around 6:00 PM in the evening.
First speaker was Mr. Tahir Khilji, CEO of a non governmental organization working for child rights and girl trafficking named VISION. Mr. Khilji has two master degrees in law and human rights from United States. He is an Ashoka fellow in Pakistan and has been awarded with multiple awards at international level in admiration of his work in the field of child rights. In his presentation, Mr. Khilji highlighted the non coherence in the policy making at national level. He argued that there are some serious loop holes in the laws concerning child labour which provide an escape to those violating the child rights.
Mr. Nasir Mehmood Dogar shared his experiences in “
Addressing the child labor in soccer ball industry”. CEO of Independent Monitoring Association for Child Labour, Mr Dogar has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from AIT. Among many other distinguished works, he headed the ILO project of “Addressing the child labor in soccer ball industry in Sialkot”. Cited as a success story by the US president Bill Clinton himself in his speech made at International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 1999. In his speech Mr. Dogar highlighted the novel way, ILO adopted to address the child labour by monitoring the work place in the informal sector of the industry. In most of the cases, child labour is phenomena found in the informal sector and by monitoring these far off places ILO made it possible to eliminate the child labour from soccer ball industry. The most interesting and astonishing factor in this experience was the weak linkage between poverty and the child labour. As against the common perception that poverty is the root cause of child labour, the research negated this very idea. In only 28 percent of the cases, these working children contributed in family income if any. He argued that it is more of a mind set rather than poverty which is the root cause of child labour.
The third speaker, Mr. Sajid Mir, an old student of the department shared his research thesis on child labour in automobile industry. Each address was followed by a question answer session and the interest of audience in the topic was evident in such sessions where they had a lot to ask and know about. The event not only updated the audience and the faculty members themselves with the current issues in the field but also helped strengthen the relationship between the department and the organizations working practically on such issues.