LAHORE - Eminent physicists from all over Pakistan on Friday paid glowing tributes to Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam at the concluding day of the three-day international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”.

As November 21 was also the death anniversary of Eminent Physicist Dr Salam, the conference organizing committee, on the directions Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, attributed the concluding session of the conference to the life and contributions of the Pakistan’s best scientist ever produced.  Besides humble upbringing, ambitions and achievements of the great scientist, the speakers at the conference also highlighted the interest of Dr Salam in poetry and Urdu literature. They said that Dr Abdus Salam got education from the Government College from 1942 to 1946 before getting admission in the Cambridge University. Later, after the establishment of Pakistan, Dr Abdus Salam taught at the Government College Lahore from 1951 to 1954.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Scientist (Emeritus) Prof Dr NM Butt said that Prof Salam had always been very much concerned about the brain drain and decline of science in Pakistan and made serious efforts to promote the culture of research in the country. He said he wanted to establish an international center for excellence in theoretical physics in the country but did not get the required support. Addressing the participants of the conference, VC Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman proudly said that GCU also had the honour of housing the original Noble Prize Certificate of Dr Abdus Salam, adding that it was the only Noble Prize Certificate in Pakistan.

Prof Dr Katepalli R Sreenivasan, the Director of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy, had gifted the original Nobel Prize Certificate of Dr Abdus Salam to GCU. Dr Salam had received the Nobel Prize Certificate from King Carl XVI Gustav of Swede on Dec 10, 1979 and the words written on the certificate are for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter-alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current.

The VC said that the Nobel Prize had been placed in GCUs Library Museum, Naqoosh. “A large number of students daily get inspiration from the great achievement of Dr Abdus Salam, and I sincerely hope that Pakistan will soon produce more scientists like Abdus Salam who will surprise the world with their hard work, knowledge and talent,” Prof Rahman expressed. Talking about the conference, GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islamullah Khan said that said the quality of research papers presented was very high, adding that the researchers specially focus on Laser Physics, material Physics with good coverage from Theoretical Physics. He said that many emerging trends like ceramics and its medical application, nuclear physics and Quanta laser were also discussed at the technical sessions of the conference.  

Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, the conference chairman and Professor Rafi Chair, said the outcomes of the conference would come in form of the new research projects and research publications in the world class journals. He said besides seven foreign delegates, about 300 physicists from all over Pakistan attended the conference, adding that the conference proceedings would published as soon as possible and forwarded free-of-cost to all the participants, abstracting agencies and libraries.

Later, a cultural show was held at the Government College University, Lahore for the participants of the international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman hosted at the cultural show especially for the foreign delegates who came from China, UK, Hong Kong, Germany and Brazil to participate in the three-day conference.

UET Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zubair A. Khan, Virtual University VC Prof Dr Naveed Malik, University of Education VC Prof Dr Faiz-ul-Hassan and conference chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt also attended the cultural evening comprised of regional dance and music performances. The foreign delegates also enjoyed the Urdu and Punjabi songs.

Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that GCU always held a dinner and cultural show at the concluding day of the conference to provide their students and faculty members a chance to informally interact with eminent scientists, adding that such interactions led to long term collaborations. The Vice Chancellor also introduced GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society Incharge Tariq Khan Frani to the conference participants, saying he had been teaching music to their students as co-curricular activity for the last five decades. He said that the team GCU had been winning the All Pakistan Music Conference for the last many years consecutively.