Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved renaming Quaid-i-Azam University’s National Centre for Physics as the “Professor Abdus Salam Center for Physics” to honor Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training will put up a formal summary in this regard for further approval by the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.
The Prime Minister has also given approval for a fellowship program named the “Professor Abdus Salam Fellowship.” Under this program, the Higher Education Commission will award five fellowships to Pakistani students annually for PhD in the field of Physics which will enable them to study in leading universities all over the world.
These steps have been taken to recognize the contributions of Dr. Muhammad Abdus Salam, a Pakistani theoretical physicist who received the country’s first Nobel prize and was only the second person from an islamic country to do so. Professor Salam also served as the chief scientific advisor to the Government of Pakistan from 1960 to 1974 during which he advised the country on science and atomic energy.
Professor Salam’s major contributions to Physics include the Grand Unified Theory, the Pati–Salam model, magnetic photon, vector meson, work on supersymmetry and the electroweak unification theory, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979.