LAHORE: Punjab University and European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) will work jointly on various research projects as the CERN task force expressed its enthusiasm to involve PhD students of PU in ongoing high energy physics experiments.

CERN is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research which probes the fundamental structure of the particles that make up everything in the world using the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments. CERN investigates what is the nature of our universe and what is it 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 that time could not become its member, which speaks the level of advancement and expertise of Pakistani scientists in the relevant fields despite India’s heavy investment in the relevant fields. Pakistani scientists had also contributed to building the CMS, ATLAS and ALICE experiments. Later, India became its Associate Member in 2017.

To establish research collaboration with CERN, an online meeting was arranged in the office of the PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad with the five-member task force of CERN, Geneva, Switzerland for a 05-year review of Associate Membership of Pakistan. The meeting was arranged in collaboration with CERN Secretariat and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Islamabad. The members of the task force included Ms Charlotte Warakaulle, CERN Director for International Relations, Prof. Dr Dirk Rychbosch, CERN Council Delegate for Belgium, Prof. Dr Joachim Mnich CERN Director for Research and Computing, Prof. Dr Emmanuel Tsesmelis, CERN head of relations for non-member states and Mr Andrzej Charkiewicz, CERN Experimental Physics Department. From Punjab University, Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif, Chairman Physics Department Prof. Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan, Director Centre for High Energy Physics Prof. Dr. Bilal Masud and Director Centre for Solid State Physics Prof. Dr. Saira Riaz were present.

Prof. Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan made a short presentation on the introduction to the university and 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 emphasized larger participation of Pakistani universities in the research activities of CERN. The meeting also discussed possibilities of a long-term collaboration of Punjab University with CERN as part of Pakistan’s Associate Membership of CERN. It is also pertinent to mention that a delegation of scientists from Punjab University consisting of Prof Dr Muhammad Sharif, Dr Mahmood ul Hassan and Dr Bilal Masud visited CERN in 2019 to discuss various possibilities of mutual collaboration and training of students.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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