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Efforts on to set up natural history museums in all provinces: Dr. Muhammad Ashraf

Islamabad, April 22, 2016 (PPI-OT):Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is making efforts to establish at least one natural history museum in each province of the country as the museum is such an important entity to impart informal education which no other institution can replace, said PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf (S.I.). He was addressing inaugural ceremony of a one-day training workshop titled “Gemology and Modern techniques of lapidary and celebration of International Earth Day” at PMNH, Garden Avenue Shakarparian, Islamabad.

A large number of students, teachers, entrepreneurs and people from different walks of life attended the event organized to mark the International Earth Day. Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain, Advisor Ministry of Science and Technology, PMNH Director General Dr. M. K. Leghari, University of Haripur Advisor Dr, Ishaq Ghazanvi, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Senior Vice President Ms. Samina Akhter and PMNH Earth Sciences Division’s Director Dr. Ghahzala Roohi were also present.

The Chairman said that most of the geological wealth, especially the gemstones wealth is still unexplored in Pakistan. Dr. Ashraf said that Gems and Jewellery sector of Pakistan has huge potential and a good amount of foreign exchange can be earned through export of gems by value addition through use of modern techniques and technology.

Dr. Syed Shahid Hussain, a prolific gemologist and Advisor, Ministry of Science and Technology, in his address spoke on geological conditions of Pakistan and precious and semi-precious stones found in this part of the world. He said Pakistani precious stones such as emerald, sapphire, topaz, ruby amethyst etc are of best quality but unfortunately they are being exported in raw form. He said by value addition through their cutting and polishing Pakistan can earn a lot from this sector.

PMNH Director General Dr. M. K. Leghari, University of Haripur Advisor Dr, Ishaq Ghazanvi, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Senior Vice President Ms. Samina Akhter and PMNH Earth Sciences Division’s Director Dr. Ghahzala Roohi also spoke on this occasion. During the daylong workshop, experienced gemstone experts shared their professional experience with entrepreneurs, students regarding knowledge of gemstone, their type, value, identification, classification, gradation, cutting, polishing and pricing.

The workshop also shed light on the assessment criteria for various gemstones and general pricing strategy for different marketing conditions. PMNH as per its tradition also arranged a nature photography competition among students to celebrate the International Earth Day and create awareness on environmental challenges threatening our mother earth.

For more information, contact:
Syeda Rehana Batool
Sr. Science Promotion Officer
Pakistan Science Foundation
1-Constitution Avenue,
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9202469-70
Fax: +92-51-9202468
Website: www.psf.gov.pk

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