Islamabad - International Pure Mathematics Conference, which started off yesterday, has brought eminent mathematicians from Pakistan and around the world together on one platform providing unique opportunity to share their latest ideas and work.

The conference has jointly been organised by Islamia University, Higher Education Commission and Preston University. The conference has become one of the biggest forums in Asia that discusses pure mathematics. The theme of this years’ three-day conference is ‘algebra, geometry and analysis’ and is being participated by 65 speakers, 140 participants, 9 keynote speakers and 6 foreign delegates from South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, China, Nigeria, Iran and Ethiopia.

HEC Chairperson, Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed acknowledging the importance of the discipline said that mathematics has a vital role in the development of science and technology around the world and its innovations are benefiting people. He asked academia to focus on nurturing social values among students besides imparting education in their particular fields. “Pakistan being one of the important countries in global affairs cannot compromise on latest advancement in science and technology, and Mathematics being backbone of science, Pakistan cannot afford to lag behind in this field.”

“Our scholars and researchers in Mathematics should remain in touch with international mathematicians; our universities can facilitate such interactions by holding seminars, workshops, conferences and promoting exchange programs,” he said.

Earlier, Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, vice-chancellor of Islamia University Bahawalpur and President Pakistan Mathematical Society, in his welcome address briefed the participants about historical background, contribution and significance of thematic mathematical conference series being held since 2000.

After the inaugural session, technical sessions were held in which experts highlighted various areas of mathematics and presented their papers.