Karachi :  The Jamil-ur-Rahman Centre for Genomics Research has been formally opened with Quraan Khwaani on March 4.

The Centre has been built from a personal donation of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, former Federal Minister of Science & Technology and former Chairman Higher Education Commission.

Named after his father, late Jamil-ur-Rahman, the centre is located in the premises of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Karachi.

The donation was announced by Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman when he received the Engro Excellence Award of Rs. 50 lacs on 14th January 2011. He donated the award money as well as his own savings for the construction of the centre.

A large number of teachers, researchers, students and the able sons of Prof. Atta were also present on the occasion.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman said that the developments in genetics research are opening the way for developing countries such as Pakistan to increase crop yields, and incorporate resistance against diseases by suitable changes in their genetic make-up. He maintained that the field is also finding wide applications in health-related research with a growing understanding of genetic diseases.

Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said that the centre will focus on PhD and post-doctoral researches that can impact agricultural productivity and lead to cures for various genetic diseases. A state of the art genome sequencer and other equipment has already been imported and installed, he added.