islamabad - Experts on Sunday aimed at promoting mathematics and stressed on the need to form a sound mathematical foundation in the country.

They expressed these views while addressing a three-day International Pure Mathematics Conference (IPMC) 2015 which concluded here at a hotel yesterday. The event was jointly organised by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Higher Education Commission and Preston University in collaboration with Pakistan Mathematical Society, Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Algebra Forum. The conference was participated by 65 speakers from across the country and abroad, 140 participants, nine keynote speakers including six foreign mathematicians from South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, China, Nigeria, Iran and Ethiopia who presented their research work.

The experts on this occasion said the IPMC is the only forum in Pakistan which is providing a platform on annual basis to mathematicians from Pakistan to interact and share their research contribution with eminent mathematicians from around the world since 2000.

Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, conference convener and vice chancellor Islamia University of Bahawalpur, said Pakistan Mathematical Society has announced to award gold medal to eminent mathematicians every year.

This year gold medals for 2014-15 were presented to Prof Dr SM Yusuf and Prof Dr Bashir Ahmed Saleemi for their extraordinary contribution and services in the field of mathematics, besides shields and certifies were also distributed among speakers. Prof Dr SM Yusuf was awarded Fulbright Scholarship and completed his PhD from University of Tennessee, USA, in 1962. He was decorated with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz from the government of Pakistan in 1968.

Prof Dr Bashir Ahmed Saleemi got his PhD degree from Liverpool University, England, and has served in renowned universities in Pakistan and abroad.

Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq congratulated both the scholars and thanked speakers, participants specially foreign delegates for sharing their experiences.