Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Kabul: On the initiative of Sheikh Zayed University of Khost and in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, the three-day National Symposium of Natural Sciences started at Khost University yesterday, Tuesday, July 11, with the presence of high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate.
Maulavi Nida Mohammad Nadim, Acting Minister of Higher Education, called research very important for the development of science and knowledge and called this symposium useful in this field.
Stating that the progress of the country depends on science, the Acting Minister of Higher Education added: Professors must compete in scientific and research fields and assured them that he will provide them with the necessary facilities as much as possible.
On the other hand, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Acting Minister of Interior Affairs, spoke at this ceremony and said that half a century of war in the country, along with other sectors, has also damaged science and knowledge, which has been exposed to the intellectual attack of aggressors.
He added: "The occupiers made a lot of efforts to create a distance between the university and the school, but now after the end of the occupation, their distance is short and both sections are moving in parallel."
At the same time, Lotfullah Khairkhah, Deputy Minister of Science of the Ministry of Higher Education, said that considering the history of higher education in the country, a lot of work is needed and universities should move from theoretical to comparative and experimental mode.
The Minister of Science of the Ministry of Higher Education added that for the first time in the 90-year history of higher education in the country, a budget will be allocated for scientific research, and this year 411 million Afghanis have been allocated for scientific research.
He also assured that international scientific conferences will soon be held in Nangarhar and Kabul universities.
It should be mentioned that the Natural Sciences Symposium will continue for three days, in which about 87 professors from different universities will present their papers.