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Physics Centre to hold '1st Scientific Spring'
Islamabad, Mar 26: National Centre for Physics (NCP) is organising its 'First Scientific Spring' 2009 from April 6 to 9 at its Quaid-i-Azam University Campus with an aim to disseminate knowledge and work at national level, and unveil facilities present at the Centre.

The activity will focus the core areas of Physics and its related fields like Accelerator Technology, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, Higher Energy Physics, Laser Physics, Nanoscience, and Plasma Physics.

The purpose of this activity is to bring together scientists, engineers, technologists and students to familiarise them with the future areas of immense development. The activity is the first of its kind and will prove to be a fruitful platform to discuss the current and future prospects of Physics and its related areas in different fields of life.

The workshop will consist of invited lectures by eminent scientists/engineers and specialists. Foreign scientists from different universities of China, Tashkent and Bangladesh will also participate and present their research papers and presentations regarding different fields of Physics and Nanoscience in this national activity.

The activity will also serve as a window to the upcoming event of 34th International Nathiagali Summer College, which will be held from June 22 to July 4 in which the topics of Nanomaterials for Energy & Environment and Laser Plasma, Photodynamic and Biophotonics & Microscopy will be discussed by international faculty.

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Committee to monitor SSC papers
Islamabad: Private Academies Forum has set up a five-member Paper Monitoring Committee for scrutinising the questions papers of SSC examination to be held under the aegis of Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE) from March 28. The committee will review the pattern of question papers to check their accordance with the FBISE syllabus, and will also monitor those questions, which are out of book or out of syllabus.

Rare books, statues cry for attention
Rawalpindi: Government Gordon College library has a huge collection of antique books including a publication dating back to 17th century A.D, four statues and a 120-year-old wall clock, but due to lack of funds, the college administration is unable to preserve them properly.

According to college librarian, Fayyaz Ahmed Bukhari, he has no idea about the historical background of the four statues.

He said, "I found these statues from a cupboard when I took charge, as a librarian here in 1999."

Bukhari has a plan to preserve these statues by making a small museum in the premises of the library but due to paucity of funds it is not possible for him to translate the plan into reality.

The college library was established in 1854 when it was a high school. This library has more than 70,000 books one of the biggest collection of books in any government college library in Pakistan. The oldest book of this library, 'An Exposition of the Book of Job: Being the sum of CCCXVI lectures,' preached in the city of Edinburgh By George Hutchenfon, Minister of the Gospel. The book was published in 1669 in London and is still present in its original form and condition in the library. Besides this book there is also an old Bible edition that also dates back to the 19th century.

Fayyaz Bukhari said that maximum books in the library here have now become antiques like the Encyclopaedia, dictionaries including Oxfords and Websters are the assets of this library. There is also a big collection of English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian, French and Bengali literature.

Many students of Master's, MPhil and PhDs of various universities come to Gordon College from different parts of the country for help in their thesis.

Fayyaz said, this is an academic library and is not being allowed to give membership to the outsiders. Books can be issued only to students and staff of the college. The students of other institutions and the book-lovers come here and use this library without any restriction.

He said authorities concerned must pay attention to these historic books and other antiques for their proper preservation.

Arid University organises farmers' day
Islamabad: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi has ever been alive to reach the stakeholders so that results of their research and expertise may reach the end users.

To meet this end, organized a Farmer's Day on Wednesday at Research Farm Koont, Mandra-Chakwal road by collecting more than 50 active farmers, coming from different parts of Potohar, for an interactive dialogue with the end users of the products of this University.

Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, vice chancellor of PMAS-AAUR, who was chief guest on the occasion, said in his address, that the Potohar belt has rich resources of cultivation of vegetables, fruits and cut flowers.

He advised the farmers to adopt new innervations into the agriculture. He was of the opinion that the farmers of Potohar belt are required to go for a cooperative farming and try the non-conventional crops, as these may fetch return. The News

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