Being a very good friend in the neighborhood, China has supported Pakistan in various classified projects for defense and for different power projects as well. But unfortunately we havent built open research and science relationships with Chinese educational institutes. An intellectual brain can easily refer to the shifting phase of the future of science towards China. Therefore, now is a good time to start collaboration with the Chinese institutes in different research areas and here is the first step.
Stimulating by the government of Pakistan, a four-member delegation from National Centre for Physics (NCP) visited different institutes/universities in Beijing and Shanghai this week. DG NCP Dr. Hafeez R. Hoorani along with Dr. Sara Qaisar, Dr. Ishaq Ahmad and Dr. Riffat Mahmood Qureshi visited the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) last week. During discussion which followed by a formal meeting Dr. Hoorani presented the current research directions and status of NCP.
“NCP is a unique type of institution in Pakistan in its working,” Dr. Hoorani said adding, “We really need to understand how NCP and ITP can collaborate in different areas or theoretical physics.
NCP did an excellent work to facilitate European-based world ever largest man-made experiment at the CERN.
“We really must have a look to find out all possible ways to enrol students from Pakistan,” said Prof. Bing-Song Zou, a well-known particle physicist and Director of ITP, who chaired the meeting along with Director and Deputy Director International Affairs.
“Its really an imbalanced situation when we receive a junk of emails from Pakistani students for supervision; sometimes they even dont know that the research field of the next person is totally irrelevant,” said Prof. Jing Shu, a youngest Professor of ITP. He pointed out that there must be a well-established mechanism in Pakistani universities to advertise admission calls of different Chinese institutes along with their research directions. He also added that there is a need to train master students to first have a look at the profile of scientist and read about his/her recent research before sending him/her a request email.
Our Technology Timess Campus Correspondent from Punjab University M. Naeem Anwar, who is doing PhD at ITP, was also present in this meeting from Chinese side. “It happened many times that I asked a junk of questions to myself and found a single answer, there is no other place than China to make you much comfortable during your big phase of change of visions,” said Naeem while shearing his experiences of life at Beijing.
This kind of visit really builds a way for new students and professionals to go abroad and collaborate with leading scientists in their fields and if the next country is China then why we hesitate to build good collaboration. Hope this visit would leave a very good impression on the Chinese scientists and in future we expect more decisions from the government of Pakistan. It is a great chance to enhance the relations with brotherly friend in different open science areas as well.
The writer is the PhD Scholar in High Energy Physics at Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Beijing, China