LAHORE - Mathematical sciences have a bright future in Pakistan, said noted mathematician Michel Waldschmidt while addressing the sixth annual celebrations of the Government College University Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (GCU ASSMS), said spokesman of the University on Monday. Mathematicians from across the world were present on the occasion. The school having 36 foreign faculty members produced 18 PhD scholars in mathematical sciences in 2009 besides hundreds of research papers and Mphil scholars. Waldschmidt, the professor of Institute de Mathematiques, Paris, said that he has been teaching at the school for the last several months. I am very optimistic about the evolution of Mathematics in Pakistan. The journey, which began with the establishment of the Salam School of Mathematical Sciences six years back, will go a long way, he added. Waldschmidt said that Pakistani students are very bright, intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking. I advise the students that PhD in Mathematical sciences should not be their final goal, rather it should be the beginning of a new goal, he added. Cash prizes and awards were also given to Ali Ahmad, Muhammad Jamil, Muhammad Naeem, Safyan Ahmad and Atiq-ur-Rehman for Excellent Performance during PhD Research Work. Professor Dr. Barbu Berceanu, Dr. Constantin Fetecau and Dr Josip Pecaric received the awards of the best research supervisors. Speaking on the occasion, GCU ASSMS Director General Dr. A. D. Raza Choudary said that the school, established by the Punjab government under aegis of GCU, is one of the fastest growing doctoral schools in the world. VC visits ongoing projects The Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran made a detailed visit to a number of ongoing developmental projects to assess the current status of completion of buildings in order to chalk out a financial strategy to make them operational. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by the Principal IT College Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Director P&D Mr Tariq Majeed Qureshi, Additional Treasurer Rao Sharif, Chief Engineer Ch Yasin and Head of Statistics Department Prof Dr Shahid Kamal. During the visit, which lasted over five hours, the VC inspected the under construction multi-purpose gymnasium, cricket stadium, textile processing centre, geographical information system and IT centre and operation research centre of the varsity. The VC directed that in order to make the gymnasium operational, the work on provision of external services like roads, water supply and sewerage should be completed within the next two months positively. As regards the under construction Geographical Information System and IT Centre, Dr Mujahid Kamran directed that the process should be initiated for provision of common external services. He also directed that a detailed meeting may be convened sometime during the current week to comprehensively review the funding requirements of all the ongoing projects as per their approved cost estimates. He said speedy, transparent and high quality work and uplift schemes is direly essential to facilitate the students, teachers and other relating persons. UVAS gets latest DNA technology University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) has got the latest DNA technology to raise genetic potential of animals for the milk and meat production in the country. The DNA technology will also facilitate in accurate selection of superior animal stocks for producing more milk and meat. The latest technology DNA Sequencer (16 capillaries) will help to determine the genetic potential of animals so that the income of farmers as well economy of country could be enhanced. The technology has been purchased through the extensive support and efforts of Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of UVAS Director Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar and vice chancellor UVAS Prof Dr Nawaz. In addition this technology will also help in the resistance of animals diseases and their genetic resistance can also be determined for the selection of health stock in future. The technology also enables scientists to achieve results with in few days, which were not possible in years.