LAHORE: The University of Punjab and the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) will jointly work on various research projects as the CERN task force has expressed enthusiasm to involve PU PhD students in ongoing physics experiments high energies.
The European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) is one of the most important and respected scientific research centers in the world. It studies the fundamental structure of the particles that make up everything using the largest and most complex scientific instruments in the world.
The European Council for Nuclear Research studies what our universe is and what it is made of.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan became the first non-European country to become an associate member of CERN in 2015 while India at the time could not become a member, which is a testament to the level of advancement and expertise of Pakistani scientists in the relevant fields despite India’s heavy investments in the relevant fields. Later, India became its associate member in 2017.
To establish research collaboration with CERN, an online meeting was held in the office of UP Vice-Chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmad with the five-member task force of the European Council for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, for a five-year review of associate members from Pakistan.
The meeting was organized in collaboration with the Secretariat of the European Council for Nuclear Research and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Islamabad.
Members of the working group included Ms Charlotte Warakaulle, CERN Director of International Relations, Prof Dr Dirk Rychbosch, European Council for Nuclear Research Council Delegate for Belgium, Prof Dr Joachim Mnich European Council for Nuclear Research Director for Research and Computing, Prof Dr Emmanuel Tsesmelis, Responsible for CERN Relations with Non-Member States and Mr Andrzej Charkiewicz, Department of Experimental Physics of the European Council for Nuclear Research. From Punjab University, Dean of Faculty of Science, Prof. Muhammad Sharif, Chairman of Physics Department, Prof. Dr Mahmood-ul-Hassan, Director of High Energy Physics Center, Prof. Bilal Masud and the director of the solid state physics center, Professor Saira Riaz, were present.
Professor Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan made a brief presentation on the introduction to the university, its science and technology programs.
The meeting also discussed various areas of mutual collaboration in the fields of theoretical and experimental high-energy physics.
They also pointed to greater participation of Pakistani universities in the research activities of the European Council for Nuclear Research. The meeting also discussed the possibilities for a long-term collaboration of Punjab University with CERN within the framework of Pakistan’s associate membership status in the European Council for Nuclear Research.
It is also worth mentioning that a delegation of scientists from Punjab University consisting of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif, Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan and Dr. Bilal Masud visited the European Council for Nuclear Research in 2019 to discuss various opportunities for mutual collaboration and student training. .