2nd International Conference on Food, Agriculture and Livestock at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam- Pakistan - 25-26 February 2015

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Prof. Manzoor Soomro announces two scholarships for talented poor students of Sindh Agriculture University. Stresses on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) for Sustainable S&T based Economic Development at the 2nd International Conference on Food, Agriculture and Livestock at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam- Pakistan, 25-26 February 2015

The 2nd International Conference on Food, Agriculture and Livestock was organized by Sindh Agriculture University in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan from 25-26 February at Tandojam, Sindh Pakistan. The President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro was a Guest of Honour and Invited Speaker at the opening session of the conference. Over 800 agricultural experts, livestock scientists, engineers and students from across Pakistan attended the conference. Experts from Germany and Australia also participated as Invited Speakers in the conference. The conference was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili.

Vice Chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam Dr. Mujibuddin Memon Sahrai welcomed the guests and delegates and sharedn his vision for promotion of scientific research and services to the farming communities.

Dr. Aslam Uqaili in his opening remarks said that the world has been awakened on the matters of poverty, hunger, food insecurity and climate change, and the fast increasing population in the world. The condition of developing countries was especially dismal and the developed world must support the resource poor nations for a sustainable and prosperous world.

The President ECOSF in his remarks appreciated the efforts of the organizers for reviving the tradition of the conference and suggested to the host Vice Chancellor to make it an annual event. He further expressed the dire need for researchers to work with international and UN organizations as well as the industry for problem oriented and end user targeted projects. He further said that the international organizations are willing to cooperate with developing countries for addressing the issues pertaining to the poverty, food and climate change. After these remarks, Dr. Soomro made a presentation entitled, "Inquiry Based Science Education- Key to S&T Innovation for Economic Development and International Cooperation". In the presentation, he shared the vision of ECO Science Foundation for S&T and Education based economic development and the initiatives of the Foundation. He emphasized on university to patronize schools in the surroundings of the university particularly for science education. He suggested that the University teachers and graduate students can visit schools on regular basis and develop together with school teachers some inquiry based science education activities so that the pupils learn by doing and setting up some experiments- a method that makes the students learn scientific concepts in depth.

Dr. Soomro also suggested that since the University being an agricultural education institution, attracts students from rural area, it would be good if it inducts a certain number of students on the basis of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) to secure rural talent, as was done during the times when this university was college!

At the end Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro being an alumnus of Sindh Agriculture University, having studied on scholarships throughout his academic career, announced two scholarships from his pocket for poor but talented students of the university.

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