ISLAMABAD: Pakistan became a formal associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) on Friday, bagging an opportunity for its scientists and engineers to benefit from scientific expertise at the prestigious institution. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed it a “landmark moment in the development of science in the country,” as he witnessed, along with CERN Director General Dr Rolf Heuer, the signing of the accession document at the Prime Minister’s House. The potential benefits include training of scientists, engineers and students, getting commercial contracts from CERN for local industry and acquiring old and used equipment from CERN and other high profile international science projects. The prime minister said that today’s event was also a testimony to the fact that whenever provided an opportunity, the people of Pakistan were capable of standing up to any international standard.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2014.