KARACHI - TheDirector International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, has lauded the role of the Higher Education Commission. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the Second International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research on Thursday. The four-day moot was conducted at the premises of the ICCBS at Karachi University campus. As many as 100 scientists from 30 countries participated in the international event organized by Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), Karachi University. Prof. Iqbal said that the HEC has made a remarkable progress in higher education sector by spending the enormous funds. He stated that the universities always play a key role in the process of economic growth in any country; such institutions have been the greatest source of knowledge generation for scientists and engineers who work in industrial laboratories. It was pointed out that the aim of the event was to develop understanding and appreciation of this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring together the leading experts in the field of molecular medicine from all around the world and forge global partnership for the common benefits of humanity and rapid development of the countries in the South. Around 40 lectures of the national and international scientists have been delivered in the symposium. Prof. Iqbal further stated that the international mutual cooperation among the chemical scientists was the need of the hour for the benefit and welfare of the humanity. He said that to strengthen the cooperation among the scientists of the world, such types of programmes, including symposium, seminar, conferences, workshops etc, can play vital role. The fatal diseases could be treated easily if the government gave acceleration in the progress of molecular medicine in the country. The international delegates emphasised the need for doing some concrete work protection of medicinal plants that were depleting in this region, and said that the south countries were required to use positively their natural resources for obtaining the required growth and advancement. They also underlined the need for carrying out new research work on medicinal plants and natural compounds keeping in view of their great medicinal potential to prevent diabetic complications and other diseases. Meanwhile, Dr Iqbal and other foreign delegates distributed the certificates among the participants and position holders of the posters' competition.