Physics centre to be renamed after Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate Abdus Salam

Published: December 5, 2016

In recognition of the contributions of Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered renaming of National Centre for Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) to ‘Professor Abdus Salam Centre for Physics’, PM House announced on Monday.

“PM has taken this decision in recognition of the great contributions of renowned Pakistani physicist Dr Mohammad Abdus Salam who is a major figure in the 20th century theoretical physics who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution in the field of physics,” a statement issued by the PM House said.

Due recognition for Dr Abdus Salam demanded

Directives have been issued to the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to put up a formal summary for approval of President Mamnoon Hussain.

Further, the premier has also approved the grant of “five fellowships annually to Pakistani students for PhD” in the field of physics through Higher Education Commission (HEC) in reputed international universities. “The fellowship programme is named as Professor Abdus Salam Fellowship.”

Dr Salam was the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize in science and the second from an Islamic country to receive the honour. His remarkable achievement earned fame and prestige for the country which rightly deserves to be valued, it said.

‘Every child should be told about Abdus Salam’

The physicist also served the country as a top-level science adviser to the government of Pakistan from 1960 to 1974, a position from which he played a major and influential role in the development of the country’s science infrastructure. In 1998, following the nuclear tests, he was issued a commemorative stamp as a part of Scientists of Pakistan, to honour his services.

Renaming the National Centre for Physics under his name would be another step towards honouring the Pakistani scientist who served the country and brought a good name for it.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • M.Sethi
    Dec 5, 2016 - 5:13PM

    Long over due acknowledgement,better to be late then ever ! Well done PMRecommend

  • Farooq
    Dec 5, 2016 - 5:13PM

    And on the other hand police raid offices of Sadar Anjuman Ahmadiyya in Chenabnagar and imprison 4 high-level people and beat up the security guard !!!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 5, 2016 - 5:31PM

    Only our brave Prime Minister has the guts to take this very important step. Salute to both.Recommend

  • abu noor
    Dec 5, 2016 - 5:48PM

    First good decision by the PM during his third tenure as a PM!!!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Dec 5, 2016 - 5:55PM

    Better than naming after any politician. Recommend

  • shafi
    Dec 5, 2016 - 6:00PM

    recognition came after his death. long ago when he he wanted to establish state of art Centre of theoretical and plasma physics ,he was NOT allowed . he was offered Indian citizen ship and every kind of support in India by Indian govt for establishment of science center but Salam refused.Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    Dec 5, 2016 - 6:03PM

    Good one.Recommend

  • azmat shah
    Dec 5, 2016 - 6:39PM

    It is hard to agree with Nawaz Sharif on anything but this is an exception. Good and brave step that needs appreciation. I hope he does not buckle to the pressure now Recommend

  • Mazher Mehboob
    Dec 5, 2016 - 6:48PM

    It was long dueRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 5, 2016 - 7:40PM

    Good on PM; finally one good thing emerging from him. Regarding those other people, get a Nobel and earn respect !Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Dec 5, 2016 - 8:18PM

    Thank You PM Nawaz Sharief. Same day at 12.30 your police raided the Ahmadiyya Headquarter building in Chanab Nagar (Rabwah). What a pathetic plight this community and its members are facing.Recommend

  • J.Niaz
    Dec 5, 2016 - 9:00PM

    very good decisionRecommend

  • Fahim
    Dec 5, 2016 - 9:04PM

    Will be challenged soon in IHCRecommend

  • Sabi
    Dec 5, 2016 - 10:01PM

    I don’t know who to congratulate Nawaz Sharif for his tremendous courage or Pakistani nation seeing his lost hero finding his due place in his own country.
    Well done Pmln.Recommend

  • Lang
    Dec 5, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Highly commendable jesture. I support it whole heartedly. Recommend

  • Shah
    Dec 5, 2016 - 10:07PM

    @abu noor:
    FINALLY, He used his Brains. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Dec 5, 2016 - 10:20PM

    About time Land of the Pure respected the achievements of the Ahmadiya community. next step is to remove the passport declaration they have to make.Recommend

  • tahir ahmed
    Dec 5, 2016 - 11:13PM

    Well done mr PM. Religion is personal and should not matter. We are all pakistanis. Recommend

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