Peshawar University has announced that Thirteenth National Symposium on Frontiers in Physics gets underway at University of Peshawar. The three day event is organized by Institute of Physics and Electronics UoP in collaboration with Pakistan Physical Society, Higher Education Commission, Abdul Wali Khan University, Kohat University and Islamia College University, Peshawar. Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid was the chief guest on the opening day.
Addressing the inaugural session the chief guest said, it’s heartening to see participation of a number of Scientists from across the country in the symposium, especially after what happened in past few days in Peshawar and its surroundings. This reflects on the fact that intellectuals and scientists of this country are ready to offer their services for the wellbeing of the country, come what may.
Veteran Plasma Physic scientist Dr. Ghulam Mustafa in his key note address talked about the recent developments in the world of physics. He said the world of science is witnessing rapid development and the knowledge is accumulating at a very fast rate. Physical sciences have widened the frontiers of knowledge and unfolded the mysteries of nature through creation of many new technologies, he added.
The field of plasma physics promises a lasting solution to the energy problem of mankind through the development of fusion based power reactors and, its world market is estimated to have grown up to two hundred billion dollar a year, he said.
Physical scientists are the one who have been awarded with noble prizes almost every year, reflects upon the fact that, the field is more closer to nature and key towards economic development by adopting to a theme of search for simplicity, Dr. Mustafa opined.
He said that the theoretical model of Dr. Abul Salam has made several predictions which were put to test in a series of experiments in Europe and America over twenty years, thereafter he was awarded with a Nobel Prize. However the story of Salam is not yet complete and our scientists must find out the missing piece, as to why particles have mass. This calls for a more holistic research from today`s Pakistani scientists, for whom the government should extend all possible support, he concluded
Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz in his welcome address termed the role of Universities as a direction setter to the society. He added many ideas and research projects over the years have emerged from discussants of conferences and seminars. He hoped that the participants would put their heads together for inventing new technologies for the benefit of mankind in the future.
Chief Organizer of the symposium Dr. Aneesa Qamar informed the audience, fourteen technical sessions are scheduled to be held in the three day moot. She said that forty three scientists would present paper and share their areas of expertise during the course of the symposium.