Islamabad:With an aim to enhance the understanding of mathematics and to provide an opportunity to the working mathematicians, encourage the exchange of ideas with colleagues at the national, as well as international level, a three-day International Pure Mathematics Conference 2011 started here.
The conference was organised by Quaid-i-Azam University in collaboration with the Pakistan Science Foundation, National Centre for Physics, Preston University and the Pakistan Mathematical Society.
The Pakistan Mathematical Society, Quaid-i-Azam University has organised the series of International Pure Mathematics Conferences from 2000 to 2010. The 12th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2011 is a sequel to these conferences. During the conference almost 9 foreign mathematicians as keynote speakers while 42 speakers will give short-communications. The conference received an overwhelming response at international level as 84 well-known mathematicians from some 26 countries attended the inaugural session.
QAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while addressing inaugural session said Mathematics is playing a significant role in the development of science and technology all over the world. Pakistan cannot afford to undermine its role in the global affairs in general, and science and technology in particular. Since Mathematics is one of the most useful branches of science, Pakistan will not lag behind in contributing its share in its development. He urged the Pakistani mathematicians to remain in touch with the international community of their counterparts.
He said the congregation of mathematicians will be a significant step forward in setting new trends of research in all the branches of mathematics. I am sure the IPMCs will have centrifugal impact on mathematics in Pakistan, and our country will benefit from the novel ideas which will emerge from the proceedings of these serial conferences, he added.
Former federal minister for law, Dr. Babar Awan appreciated the vice-chancellor s vision to internationalise the university. He said: We are living in a time where we cannot ignore the fast passed global changes. He emphasized the need to enhance the contribution of institutions of higher learning in science, technology and innovation, he added.
Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, QAU, President, Pakistan Mathematical Society, while addressing the audience said: The uplift of our economy requires due attention to science and technology. For development in science, a sound mathematical foundation is a pre-requisite. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop an adequate mathematical culture in Pakistan. Responsibility for promoting and improving mathematics in Pakistan rests primarily with the academics. If mathematics is to be properly supported by society, then mathematicians must not forget their obligations. Universities must go beyond measuring success only in terms of grants or publications, and researchers must recognize their larger obligations, he added.The news.