The Pakistan Academy of Engineering (PAE), Member International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technologies Society organized its 12th Symposium titled “Bioeconomy & Engineering Nexus” on March 02, 2019 at Movenpick Hotel, Karachi. On the directives of Dr. Yusuf Zafar, ex-Chairman, PARC, Dr. Syed Asim Rehan Kazmi, Director General, PARC-SARC, Karachi participated and made presentation in the Symposium.
The participants of the symposium were welcomed by Dr. Ing. Jameel Ahmad Khan, President, Pakistan Academy of Engineering, Karachi. Later on, Prof. Dr. Wu Kongming, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing presented a presentation on-line from China titled “The field of agriculture under the coverage of CPEC & its impact on the Bio-economy of Pakistan”. Dr. Shahid Mansoor (S.I), Director National Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad presented his presentation online on “Genetic Engineering and Genome Editing: The Need for Legislation”. Prof. Dr. Javaid Akhtar, Director, Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Faisalabad shared his views to the participants on Soil as a sustainable resource for Food Security in Pakistan. Dr. Muhammad Aamer Mehmood, Assoc. Prof. Bioinformatics & Biotechnology, GC University, Faisalabad discussed online the Biomass Production & its Utilization for Bioenergy. Dr. Shahida Wizarat, Dean CESD, IOBM, Karachi shared her views on Food Security and Bioediting. Dr. Syed Asim Rehan Kazmi, Director General, PARC-SARC, Karachi presented his views on Food Security, Challenges & Developments for Pakistan. In the end, a session of discussion was held by the participants and concluding observations were made by Dr. Ing. Jameel Ahmad Khan. Dr. Khan emphasized up holistic approach to take on board all stakeholders for uplifting the comparatively new concept of Bioeconomy in the Country.
On behalf of PARC-SARC, Director General, SARC appreciated the dedication of PAE (team) for holding the Symposium despite the extra ordinary security situation prevailing in the Country.
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SC&P), NARC