Archive for the ‘Sciences’ Category

Production of tissue culture vaccine soon

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to produce tissue culture vaccine (TCV) against rabies and give up the current simple sheep brain vaccine.

The decision was taken at a meeting of provincial health secretaries and director-generals, with Federal Health Secretary Syed Anwar Mahmood in the chair, on Tuesday. The meeting was informed that the TCV was more potent, efficacious and stable. Rabies, an almost invariably fatal viral disease, is transmitted to human beings through animal bites, dog being the most common animal. A research project is already in place and the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), in its last meeting, had asked the Ministry of Health to seek consensus from the provinces in this regard, the meeting was told. The provincial secretaries and DGs, representing the provincial health departments, supported the production of the high quality rabies vaccine. After the approval of the project, it would require 12 to 18 months to put the necessary infrastructure in place and start supply to the provinces.

The meeting discussed in detail the introduction of the tetravalent vaccine, which is used to provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and hepatitis. After intensive discussions, it was decided that the programme would continue to use monovalent vaccine, as the tetravalent vaccine was expensive. staff report

Edited to add by Mod: No source given by Anon poster for this article.

International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technologies

Sunday, June 12th, 2005


The 4th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technologies (IBCAST) will be held from 13th to 18th June, 2005 at Pearl Continental Hotel in Bhurban, Murree, Pakistan. IBCAST series of conferences is being organized since 2002. In last three years, more than 400 papers are presented and 1500 participants had attended this conference. This is the largest scientific event in Pakistan which is held regularly every year. It covers a wide range of topics in applied sciences and technologies. The core organizer of the event is the National Centre for Physics (NCP), a center of excellence in Physics situated in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The list of accepted abstracts has some interesting papers (most of which though are beyond my comprehension) and reflects current progress and research efforts.

Addressing an audience of engineers and scientists, President General Pervez Musharraf acknowledged Pakistan lagging behind in the field and expressed his commitement to extend support to science and technology:

“Apart from our very major successes in the nuclear and missile fields, the general state of science has been quite dismal,” he said, adding that such a sorry state of science reflected lack of national commitment, political will and understanding of the importance of science in the life of a modern nation.

Hopefully the media will deem this event worthy enough to do a comprehensive coverage.

Notice anything intersting in there? What should be done to elevate the current state of science and technology? (for one, leading educational insitutes should start group blogs for their atleast their sciences departments to establish an online community).