The Government College University Lahore Chemistry Department held Inter Universities Science Poster Exhibition in collaboration with Ravians Forensic Society and international organisation MENDELEY, on Monday, to highlight the quality research being carried out in Pakistan in the various fields of Chemistry.
Vice Chancellor GCU, Professor Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman opened the exhibition displaying more than 95 researches of international standards on various topics related to metal-based Drug Development, DNA Analysis, Forensic Explosive Analysis, Pesticides, Nano-materials, Bioprocess, Oxidative Stress Studies, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Bio-diesel Production and Anti-microbial actives.
Students from all over the country including Lahore College Women University Lahore, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad took part in the exhibition and presented their research work.
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that such events should be regularly held in all science departments as they did not only provide students a platform to exhibit their research work but also help in improving their presentation skills and create a healthy environment of competition.
He said that Pakistani students have great potential and they are doing quality research, which is at par with international standards. He laid a stress on mutual collaboration between the research and development organisations, departments and universities, saying that it is not possible for single department to have all the necessary equipment and research facilities.
Professor Khaleeq said that GCU would provide open access to all the students and researchers to its analytical and diagnostic facilities. The vice chancellor advised all the students about the future prospects of their research.
Ravian Forensic Society Adviser Dr M. Akhyar Farrukh said that 2011 has been declared the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) by the United Nations and the exhibition is the third activity of national level organised by GCU Chemistry Department to celebrate the IYC. He announced that the GCU Chemistry Department under the special instructions the Vice Chancellor is hosting three-day international workshop on crystallography and nano-materials in October this year.
Later, prizes, certificates and shields were presented to the three best researchers. Muhammad Arsalan from Federal Urdu University, Islamabad Department of Applied Physics got first prize for his research on "Tunability of Physical Properties of ZnCuCe films with Copper Concentration." Kennith Nazir, from GC University Lahore got second prize for his research on poster on "Acrachne Racemosa: A potent source for natural antioxidants." Maymoona Mehbooob adjudicated third for her research presentation on "Fabrication, Characterisation and Application of Aluminium Alloy."