This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. Chinese Government has undertaken a substantial step in promoting research collaboration under Belt and Road initiative fellowship. Under this initiative, a renowned Chinese University, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has held an inauguration meeting of the COMSATS Joint center for Industrial Biotechnology in Tianjin on April 14th, 2021. The negotiations were going on since last November between TIB and COMSATS on co-building Joint Center to provide an open and shared industrial biotechnology collaborative platform with the objective of integrating various functions including joint R&D, academic exchange, personnel cultivating, S&T consulting service and tech transfer to promote the development of biotechnology and bioindustry in COMSATS member states and the Belt and Road countries. The inaugural meeting was attended by top leadership in China as well as in Pakistan. Prof. Sun Jibin, the Deputy Director-General of TIB, Mr. Linhao Chen, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, China, Mr. Weidong Wang, Deputy Mayor, Tianjin Municipal People’s Government and Prof. Yanhe Ma, Director-General TIB represented China, while Mr. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, Dr. Arshad Mahmood, Executive Director COMSATS & Secretary MoST, Pakistan and Dr Athar Hussain, Head of Department, Center for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) represented Pakistan.
As a part of the research collaboration Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, HoD, CCRD, and Prof Dr. Demao Li (TIB) will be leading a collaborative project entitled “Anaerobic biotreatment of organic waste for clean energy production”. Under this project new anaerobic treatment technology demonstration projects with annual treatment capacity of tons of organic waste will be established. The main objectives of the project are to design cost-effective anaerobic digestion (AD) reactor and optimize the AD process integration. The newly designed AD technology will be then transferred to Pakistan. Dr. Farrukh Raza Amin, CCRD, CUI will carry out the raw material analysis, flora design and process technology development, and CFD modeling and reactor design. He will also assist Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain and Prof. Dr. Demao Li in the technology transfer to Pakistan with the help of TIB and partner Chinese company, Tianjin Tianren, Co., Ltd.
Ten young scholars from different countries including Pakistan have been selected to work at TIB for 2-year joint research under the financial support of Tianjin SynBio Program. Dr. Farrukh Raza Amin, CCRD, CUI, will represent Pakistan and will be given extensive training on the reactor design and tech transfer to Pakistan as a part of the above-mentioned joint collaborative project between TIB and CCRD, CUI, Pakistan. The funding of the project for two years which is 0.5 million CNY has already been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, China.