ISLAMABAD: A mistake has just prevented changing the name of Quaid-e-Azam University’s NCP, Dr. Abdus Salam Center. National Center of Physics (NCP) was named after the Pakistani physicist who won Nobel Prize.
The name of Dr. Abdus Salam is not small neither are his contributions to the world of physics. The physicist from Pakistan had achieved the first and only Nobel Prize in Physics for the country for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory.
Salam was a top-level science adviser to the Government of Pakistan from 1960 to 1974. He is also credited as the scientific father of the Pakistan Nuclear Program. Nawaz Sharif had paid homage to the Pakistani physicist by naming the Quaid-e-Azam University’s NCP after him in 2016.
However recently PML-N member of National Assembly, Capt. (retd) Safdar brought a bill in assembly to change that name. This brought huge social media backlash towards Retd Captain Safdar who had proposed the bill. The country is very proud of its Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam and was angry at the fact someone could remove his name from the NCP of Quaid-e-Azam University.
The resolution proposed by Capt (retd) Safdar stressed that the department should be renamed after another scientist, Abu al Fatah Abdul Rehman Al- Khazini. He said that the formation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was based under Sir Syed’s Two-Nation Theory. The department should be renamed after Abu al Fatah Abdul Rahman Al-Khazini, he added. Because we want the world to know that he followed in the footsteps of his teacher Al-Biruni to achieve amazing feats in the world of physics.
However; due to a mistake, the bill proposed the change of the name of the physics department of QAU instead of the National Physics Center. The two are completely different buildings and entities and work in different capacities.