In the august presence of Moin ul Haque, Pakistani Ambassador to China, a Sino-Pakistan Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine – Traditional Unani Medicine and Unveiling Ceremony of the “Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine” was held online and offline combined in China and Pakistan on June 9, 2021.One of the objectives of the event is to celebrate the “70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Pakistan.”

 

The unveiling Ceremony of the “Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (SPCCTCM)” was held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi. Dr. Kazim Hussain Jatoi, Secretary, Health and Population Welfare, Government of Sindh and Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi uncovered the plaque of the (SPCCTCM).

 

The other dignitaries present on the occasion via video link include Mr. Pang Chunxue, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, Honourable Mayor Li Chunqiu, Huaihua, Hunan Province, China, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Chairman PM Task Force on Science and Technology, UNESCO Science Laureate, Academician Chinese Academy of Sciences, Patron in Chief, ICCBS, Pakistan, Dr. AzraFazal Pechuho, Minister, Health & Population Welfare Department, Government of Sindh, Pakistan and many others.

 

In opening remarks of the event, Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan and Chancellor of Hamdard University, highlighted the efforts of her father Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said (Founder of Hamdard) in strengthening the relations between Pakistan and China. She further stated, “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said worked hard to get the World Health Organization (WHO) to officially recognize Alternative Medicine as a viable branch of healthcare. I believe our collective efforts during and after today’s conference will strengthen that point of view.”

 

As a part of event, participating universities, institutes, hospitals and provincial government departments from the two countries signed eight MOUs on the sideline of the symposium. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, Chancellor of Hamdard University, signed MoUs with Hunan University of Medicine and Shihezi University in China to promote educational and research activities for the mutual benefits of both countries. The delegates from Hamdard University and Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan during MoU signing ceremony include Prof. Dr. Syed Shabib ul Hasan, Vice Chancellor, Hamdard University, Prof. Dr. Ahsana Dar, Adjunct Professor, Hamdard University, Prof. Dr. Hakim Abdul Hannan, Director Research and Development, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan and Mr. Pervez Ahmed Memon, Registrar, Hamdard University. Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University, also participated in the event via video link.

 

At the symposium on TCM-TUM, various Chinese and Pakistani experts briefed their latest research and development in the field of TCM. Addressing the symposium, Prof. Dr. Syed Shabib ul Hasan, Vice Chancellor, Hamdard University, discussed the role of Hamdard University in shaping the future of Eastern Medicine education in Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Shabib said, “Our basic aim is to consolidate efforts being made in different countries for strengthening the practice of Tibb and continue the efforts of our Founder-Chancellor Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said to disseminate the knowledge through educational institutions.”

 

He further added that in order to achieve our goals, we need to make collaborative efforts to serve the cause of Unani Medicine and today’s conference is an example of it.