CERN membership recognition of Pakistan’s achievements in science: Nawaz

Published: January 23, 2016
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif interacting with Pakistani scientists during his visti to CERN. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif interacting with Pakistani scientists during his visti to CERN. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan’s associate membership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) was the recognition of the country’s achievement in the field of science and technology.

“Our associate membership of CERN is recognition of the achievements of our scientists, engineers and technicians,” he said during a visit to CERN where he addressed Pakistani scientists and engineers, while lauding their achievements and efforts.

Pakistan officially becomes an associate member of CERN

While taking pride at becoming an associate member of CERN, the premier said Pakistan was the first non-European country to achieve this milestone.

Underscoring that Pakistan and CERN had been collaborating since 1994, and had carried out a number of successful projects involving sophisticated technologies and precision engineering, he expressed hope that the associate membership of Pakistan has opened a new era of cooperation that will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community.

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The statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office further said the membership would allow Pakistani scientists to become members of the CERN staff, participate in CERN’s training and career-development programmes and CERN Council as well as allow Pakistani industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Woz Ahmed
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:45PM

    Great achievement.

    Isreal is a full member and Turkey ,like Pakistan an associate member.

    Are both in Europe? Turkey has a foothold in Europe, but Isreal is surely West Asia?Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:14PM

    The guy who made efforts to recognize Pakistan at this level was Abdus Salam. He is removed from history books and then we are talking like that?. We have Nawaz Sharif university of technology in Pakistan but no university is being established on Abdus Salam’s name anywhere in Pakistan.
    Do we know that the main road to CERN is known as Abdus Salam road known as “Route Abdus Salam”.

    What are the days that Right wingers like PMLN are now cashing in on CERN membership and the real scientist is forgotten. Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Jan 23, 2016 - 11:05PM

    Do you knwo, the CERN assosciate membership is sold for $10million euros/annualy. Any nation that agrees to pay the fee are offer associate nembership. There are not other quaifications required!Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Jan 24, 2016 - 3:35AM

    @Cosmo You are totally wrong. If that would be the case then all Arab nations would be the members now. There is large criteria. It is not some Dubai Business market where anyone can invest and get a return. Your comment is just to disparage the effort of Pakistan to reach this level and nothing else.Recommend

  • Tom
    Jan 24, 2016 - 7:03AM

    @Mehreen:
    You are wrong.!!!!!!!!!. Member states have to pay the membership fees and share the yearly expense for CERN and they have voting rights. Russia, Japan, India and the U.S are just observers. I hope you are not suggesting that pakistan is ahead of Japan, Russia, U.S and India in technologyRecommend

  • just_someone
    Jan 24, 2016 - 7:30AM

    @Cosmo:
    Totally incorrect.
    You sound like a jealous Indian since India is not an associate member. If it was only 10 million, India would be an associate member too…Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 24, 2016 - 9:22AM

    @cosmo.its so funny that you have no idea of what you are saying.seems you are across the border and the grapes are sour.There is alot to be done before you can even apply for the membership.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 24, 2016 - 9:25AM

    uffff…………reading the comments above…………there is so much jealousy across the border, although its just an innocent piece of news only related to our own student scientists.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 24, 2016 - 9:56AM

    @Malik Saab:
    You are absolutely right. Dr Prof Abdus Salam is the person who really ‘earned’ his Nobel Prize out of the 2 from this country. Enough said…Recommend

  • Dick
    Jan 24, 2016 - 6:59PM

    From CERN websit:
    Member states have special duties and privileges. They make a contribution to the capital and operating costs of CERN’s programmes, and are represented in the council, responsible for all important decisions about the organization and its activities.Recommend

  • cosmo
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:24AM

    @just_someone:
    You don’t get it, do you? That is exactly the reason why India is not an Associate Member. India can buy its way out of anything, but that’s not what we want. India could have been the 5th UN state with veto power back then (O yes, India was actually offered it before offering it to China), but the price was to be subservient to USA and India rejected it and China got it. India is planing its own particle research facility and therefore, it would rather spend money there than at other places. Agreed, its a baby step in comparison to CERN, but then similar baby steps were also taken to build our space program.

    I am not at all jealous of Pakistan becoming a CERN associate membership. I just want people to be well informed. Even Russia, Japan, USA are also only observers and do not have associate membership !!!Recommend

  • May 6, 2016 - 3:18AM

    looks like our leadership is not enough enlighten to see the reality of the darkest pits of the worldRecommend

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