CMS, Ground Breaking Ceremony
Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning Development and Reforms performed the ground-breaking ceremoy of Centere for Mathematical Sciences at PIEAS. In his inaugural address Centre was his own brainchild and added that he was proud to lay foundation of fulfillment of another dream as mathematics should be our national priority. “We need to enhance our production capacity and improve our standard continuously. We need to introduce knowledge and information revolution in the country and introduce innovations in all sectors,” he said. The Minister said Pakistan had huge potential to get place among top economies of the world for which “We need to conduct research on modern ground,” adding that the government had already started projects to establish centres of excellence for artificial intelligence, cyber security, big data, cloud computing and robots. He said digital Pakistan was aimed at equipping the young generation with modern technology to ensure its effective usage. “We must put Pakistan on road to prosperity with help of all areas and segments of the country,” however, it is only possible when we have competitiveness, stability and continuity in policies. Prof. Dr. Nasir Majid Mirza, Rector PIEAS, in his welcome speech, highlighted need for establishment of CMS and identified its significance towards macro growth of the country. He elaborated the strategy for encouraging the students to collaborate with researchers within the campus and beyond for building strong ties with the industry that forms the very basis for ideology behind the CMS. He emphasized that it would be a great place for students having interest in Mathematics and its role in the growing research fields such as Advanced Design, Fluid Structural Analysis, Biology, Medicine, Surface Physics, Social Sciences, Business, Climate, Finance, Advanced Materials and many other areas of research would be phenomenal. Executive Director HEC, Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali also shared his views and emphasized need for promotion of constructive sciences, which lead to welfare of mankind. It merits mentioning here that the CMS includes establishment of a state-of-the-art high performance computing facility which will enable scientists and engineers from all over Pakistan to carry out high quality research in their respective fields. Additionally, proposals for development of high-tech experimental R&D laboratories related to applied mathematical sciences and computations are also part of the plan. These services will not only be available to students and researchers of PIEAS but also to other universities as well as R&D organizations in public and private sector. The technical parameters of CMS establishment project aim to stimulate research, collaboration, and networking in and around field of Mathematics, to sustain important research directions and to promote interdisciplinary research. On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Shahid Qamar, a faculty member at Department of Physics and Applied Mathematics at PIEAS gave a presentation on the CMS.