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‘Pakistan to contribute its bit to development of mathematics’
Islamabad:August 06:Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Friday declared mathematics the backbone of science and said Pakistan would contribute its share in the development of mathematics.

He was speaking during the 17th Pure Mathematics Conference 2016 arranged by Preston University, Pakistan Mathematical Society, Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Islamia University Bahawalpur here as the chief guest.

“Mathematics is playing a significant role in the development of science and technology all over the world and people are benefiting from scientific and technical innovations,” he said.

The minister said Pakistan was one of the important countries in the world and therefore, it couldn’t afford to undermine its role in the global affairs in general and science and technology in particular. He said it was essential for mathematicians to remain in contact with international mathematicians.

“If mathematicians work in isolation and without any solid background and incentive, then their work will be backward and unimportant. Mathematics, like other sciences, is a collaborated activity. Our universities should ensure that their mathematical enterprise maintain contact with international mathematical community through various means like conferences, seminars and visits,” he said.

The minister congratulated Professor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq and his team for arranging the conference on a regular basis and said the primary aim of holding the event was to enhance the understanding of mathematics and to provide opportunity to the working mathematicians to exchange ideas with their colleagues at the national as well as international level.

He said he would recommend better funding for such conference. “We should focus on the research, which is the need of the time. One should stay connected to the new global trend in mathematics and science,” he said.

The minister also talked about the contributions made by Muslim scientists and mathematician to science and mathematics. He said Rs36 billion had been allocated for the HEC under the Public Sector Development Programme to promote research in public sector universities.

Later in the day, the minister attended a student send-off ceremony at the HEC. Ten PhD, 20 master’s and 50 bachelor’s students selected from all over the country were sent off to Hungary under the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship research and science exchange programme.

The minister congratulated students and said they should feel proud to be selected for the programme on merit. He said he was hopeful that the students would get the maximum benefit from the programme and come back with better knowledge and experience and with utter calmness and composure. The ceremony was attended by HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad and Hungarian Ambassador István Szabó.The news.
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