In a landmark development in the history of scientific research in Pakistan, scientists from the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Saturday, have successfully cloned biological skin which is far cheaper then imported cloned skin. This was revealed by Punjab Health Minister Professor Dr Yasmin Rashid while addressing Anatomical Scientific Conference held at UHS. “Bravo Pakistani scientists!” she exclaimed. “Previously we had been spending millions of dollars on importing biological skin but now the same would be available on only at the cost of Rs 720 in Pakistan,” she praised. The minister extended her cordial greetings to UHS Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram for patronising research work under his institution. She also emphasised the need of research based education in Pakistani universities. “I am aware of shortage of faculties at medical teaching institutions and would leave no stone unturned to address the issue,” Professor Dr Yasmin Rashid reiterated. She categorically pointed out that, “We have to start counseling the medical students from the day first. Only earning money was not panacea, young doctors should adopt medical profession as passion. Unfortunately, cheques amounting to Rs 80 billion released by previous Punjab government were dishonoured but we rectified them when we took over. The money of the national exchequer must be utilised on masses only. I would not allow anyone to spend the budget of health department on projects like Metro Orange Line Train.” While recalling her period as a professional medical practitioner, she said that she entered politics after settling her kids. “I am now 68. I have no ambition to earn money from my present portfolio,” concluded Dr Yasmin Rashid. Published in Daily Times, October 14th 2018.