Lahore, November 18, 2022 (PPI-OT):In the year 2021, the university published 1647 research papers with the Web of Science/Scopus majority of which are from basic sciences. Advancement in the basic sciences is in the interest of both developing and developed countries, yet less is being spent on research in this domain.
However, the University of Lahore (UOL) has stressed on extensive research in the field of basic sciences, thus contributing towards fostering sustainable development and raising the standards of living, said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (Dean of Sciences and Director of ORIC) while emphasizing the importance of basic sciences on the World Science Day for Peace and Development at UOL.
The World Science Day for Peace and Development is an international day that highlights the important role that science has in society. The theme of this year is Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development. Basic sciences, which involve physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology, are the necessary means and tools to address global socio-economic and environmental challenges, such as the water crisis, infectious diseases, ocean deoxygenation, and climate change. Despite this, the crucial role of basic sciences is often poorly appreciated.
Awareness of the critical function of the basic sciences needs to be built amongst relevant stakeholders, including policymakers, business and industry leaders, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, university teachers and students, the media, and the broader public.
UOL raised awareness regarding the need for extensive research work in the domain of basic sciences by arranging an elucidatory seminar on November 10, 2022, marking the World Science Day for Peace and Development. During the seminar, Dr. Iqbal emphasized the importance of basic science research and what UOL has accomplished so far.
According to the UNESCO Science Report 2021, based on data from 86 countries, some countries devote less than 10% of their research expenditures to basic sciences, and others more than 30%. As far as UOL’s research endeavours in basic sciences are concerned, it published 1647 research papers in 2021. Currently, it has a total of 174 faculty members, of whom 113 are PhDs in the faculty of science.
The event also hosted Prof. Dr. Muhammad Suleman Tahir (VC, Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT), Rahim Yar Khan) as the chief guest, Mr. Sajid Ali (Regional Manager, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf (Rector, UOL), Prof. Dr. Syed Nisar Hussain Shah (Dean, Pharmacy), and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar (Dean, PGSR) who expressed their views regarding the need for advancement in the field of basic sciences for continuous sustainable development.
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