North South University (NSU) on Wednesday organised a special public lecture by Nobel Laureate Sir Richard John Roberts at the university auditorium with the objective to promote research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and health science at the highest level of excellence.
At the lecture, Richard highlighted the importance of GMOs in agricultural growth in the developing countries like Bangladesh.
He suggested that GMOs are essential for breeding and developing new crops and also for enhancing disease control in humans, animals and agricultural crops.
"Bangladesh is now a leader of Golden Rice which is a successful GMO in the world. Bangladesh has set an example in agricultural growth," said Richard J Roberts.
Mr Robertson heavily came down on anti-GMO activists worldwide for being critical to GMO agriculture.
He said GMO crops will solve hunger problems in developing countries, especially in Africa.
Richard J Roberts was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993.
He is the person who pioneered the application of computers in genomics. Dr Roberts has published over 300 papers and more than 10 patents.
He is one of the three leaders of the significant project in Health Science which is Computational Bridges to Experiments (COMBREX) project. Moreover, Richard has graciously joined the International Advisory Board of North South University in 2016.
A good number of special personalities listened to his lecture. The event was chaired by NSU Vice Chancellor Prof Atiqul Islam.
An opening remark was delivered by Pro VC (designated) GU Ahsan.
NSU is anticipating launching the first ever Genome Research Institute in the history of Bangladesh.
With the enlightenment of Richard's expertise in the field of Genome, NSU hopes it would be a great step toward the desired destination.
Being the pioneer of genome research, it would be a successful landmark to facilitate research and innovation as well set an example for others to follow.