Linkage with Srilanka

Pakistan Science Foundation International Relations with Sri Lanka

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) on January, 2016 for cooperation in the field of science and technology. Under which, was agreed it that both Foundations will cooperate in various scientific fields for the promotion of science. Modalities of the joint call of proposal were finalized in the joint committee meeting held on November 17, 2016 at Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the visit of Chairman, PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf to Sri Lanka. The call was launched on 15.02.2017 and concluded on 25.05.2017.Proposals were invited in six scientific disciplines namely, biotechnology, food and agriculture, marine sciences, material sciences, health and natural products. Proposals are currently under review process.

To finalize the proposals for funding a three memberd delegation of the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka on invitation of Chairman, PSF, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf visited Pakistan Science Foundation on September 15, 2017. The NSF team was headed by Prof. Dr. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson, NSF, she was accompanied by the seniors members from NSF.

During the meeting various aspects of future joint collaboration were discussed. PSF and NSF by joint discussion finalized the projects for funding. The both Foundations also agreed to launch 2nd call of joint proposals, the proposals will be submitted jointly by Pakistani and Sri Lankan sciences in various scientific fields. Priority areas of joint proposal submission were also finalized during the meeting. PSF and NSF also agreed to conduct joint workshop on key scientific areas.

List of successful projects under PSF-NSF, Sri Lanka is given below;

Sr.NoProject TitleName, designation, department and organisation of Pakistani PIName, designation, department and organisation of Sri Lankan PI
1 Preparation of Cost Effective Synthetic Skin Grafts for the Treatment of Burns and Chronic Ulcer Wounds: Bioactivity Directed Investigation of Angiogenic and Cell-Migration Potentials of Plant Extracts Dr. Muhammad Yar
Assistant Professor
COMSATS Institute of Information technology
1.5 KM Defence Road Off Raiwind Road
Prof. G. M. Kamal B. Gunaherath
Senior Professor of Chemistry and Deputy Vice Chancellor
The Open University of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
2 Genetic Characterization of Drug Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates from Sri Lankan and Pakistani TB Patients and Identification of Associated biomarkers Dr. Sidra Younis
Assistant Professor
National University of Medical Sciences
Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi
Dr. Dhammika N. Magana-Arachchi
Senior Research Fellow
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
National Institute of Fundamental Studies,
Hantana Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
3 Optimization of Donor and Acceptors Materials for Fabrication of Efficient Organic Solar Cell Muhammad Imran Malik Assistant Professor
H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry,
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
University of Karachi
Prof. L.B.D.R.P. Wijesundera
University of Kelaniya,
Sri lanka
Department of Physics ,
University of Kelaniya , Sri Lanka
4 Novel Materials for Secondary Sodium-ion Batteries and Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Dr. Naseem Iqbal
Associate Professor
U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)
USAID Grantee
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Dr.Kandasamy Vignarooban
Head & Senior Lecturer in Physics
University of Jaffna
Faculty of Science,
University of Jaffna,
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
5 Development of Carbon Based Nanomaterials for Counter Electrodes in dye Sensitized Solar cells Dr. Hafeez Anwar
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics,
University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan
University main road,
Faisalabad, Pakistan
Prof. M.A.K.L. Dissanaya
Research Professor
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
Hanthana Road, Kandy,
Sri Lanka
6 Novel Electrode material Based on Layer by Layer Assembly of Metal Oxide Nanoparticle/Graphene Composite for Lithium Ion Batteries and Solar Cells. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Makshoof Athar
Director Institute of Chemistry
University of the Punjab,
Lahore Pakistan.
Dr. Nanda Gunawardhana
Director/International Research Centre
International Research Centre
Senate Building,
University of Peradeniya.
Sri Lanka
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