ISLAMABAD - The second one-day Winter Science Camp-2013 was held on Wednesday here at the National Centre for Physics (NCP), Quaid-i-Azam University.
As many as 350 students from more than 20 educational institutions along with their professors and teachers participated in the camp aimed at motivating and inspiring youth to adopt research careers in high-grade science & technology; as well as inculcating among them the importance of physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and allied subjects in pursuit of high-tech research and development.
The camp's daylong programme included thematic lectures, visit to scientific laboratories at NCP, group activities, display of model experiments on science and technology. The PSF also organised a detailed planetarium show for students during the activity which attracted many students.
The camp is open to science students (14-21 years age group) from educational institutions (high schools, colleges, universities) across Pakistan. The camp programme includes thematic lectures, visit to scientific laboratories at NCP, group activities, display of model experiments on science and technology and information on meetings with Nobel Laureates in Asian Science Camp.
NCP Director General Dr Hamid Saleem said NCP Islamabad has been established on the lines of International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, to promote research in physics and related disciplines, and to develop a science culture in the country. "Public-oriented departments like NCP are meant for youth, who are future of Pakistan. We want that there should be more noble laureates like Dr. Abdul Salaam from Pakistan". Dr Saleem urged the students to adopt science as career and work with passion to become a noble laureate and revolutionise the society through science culture.
NCP Director Collaborations & Academic activities Department Dr Riffat Mahmmod Qureshi said since its inception, the NCP has been organising different national and international scientific events every year in which a large number of young Pakistani students and researchers participate and interact with internationally renowned scientists.
He said they despite a short notice of one-week they received over 500 nominations of students from across Pakistan and they selected 340 of them for participation in the science camp, which shows students interest in the science subject.