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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved, in principle, the renaming of Quaid-i-Azam University's (QAU) physics centre to the Professor Abdus Salam Center for Physics on Monday, according to a Press Information Department (PID) statement.

The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training was directed to draw up a formal summary of the renaming of QAU's National Centre for Physics for President Mamnoon Hussain's approval.

The PM also approved a grant for five annual fellowships for Pakistani PhD students in the field of Physics through the Higher Education Commission in reputable international universities. The programme will be named the Professor Abdus Salam Fellowship, the PID said.

The moves were made in order to recognise the contributions of Dr Abdus Salam, a major figure in 20th century theoretical physics, the PID said. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the field.

He was the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize in science.

"His remarkable achievement earned fame and prestige for the country which rightly deserves to be valued," the PID said.

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Dr. Khan Dec 05, 2016 05:38pm

Too little too late! Bravo the Prof. who brought this title for the nation;

Philosopher (from Japan) Dec 05, 2016 05:39pm

Good work.

Irfan Rahim Dec 05, 2016 05:40pm

Good decision. Let us remember our heroes.

Sameen Dec 05, 2016 05:43pm

about time!

Taqi Dec 05, 2016 05:42pm

Good move Mr. PM! Dair ayad durust ayad.

M.Saeed Dec 05, 2016 05:47pm

It's never too late to appreciate the nation's first Nobel laureate.

Fawzia H Dec 05, 2016 05:51pm

About time he was honoured as he deserved to be.

Hameed Baloch Dec 05, 2016 05:57pm

Its an honor for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sahib that he renamed the Department of Physics after the Professor Dr. Muhammad Abdus Salam Sahib. At last someone duly acknowledged Professor Sahib's contributions. Thank you Prime Minister

Saad Dec 05, 2016 05:58pm

This is such a great news. Looks like the country is finally starting to move in the right direction.

Thank you government of Pakistan. Please keep moving in this direction.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Dec 05, 2016 05:59pm

Good step though a little late. Tasneem Zehra Hussain is also another shining star of Pakistan in the field of physics. Better acknowledge her work and appreciate her in her lifetime, so that she gets encouraged and bring more success to Pakistan.

Omar Dec 05, 2016 06:05pm

Well done Mr Prime Minister. Wish our leaders success in making Pakistan the leading nation of 21st century and beyond.

Well Meaning Dec 05, 2016 06:03pm

great news hope his community also gets the recognition it deserves .

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 05, 2016 06:15pm

Good, knowledge is power...

akram Dec 05, 2016 06:22pm

Better late than never.

This should have happened during his lifetime, let us not forget also his contribution to Pakistan's Nuclear program. Regardless of religious beliefs he is a national icon and hero and should be treated as such. For the naysayers ask yourselves what you have done for Pakistan? None have even achieved half as Dr Abdus Salam.

Great people achieve, useless people criticize.

Darawal Dec 05, 2016 06:22pm

Good decision ...

Shahryar Shirazi Dec 05, 2016 06:29pm

You just earned my vote Mr. PM for 2018.

Moth Dec 05, 2016 06:37pm

Great decision. This decision will enlighten Pakistan image and glory around the globe. Salute to our brave prime minister.

Joe Dec 05, 2016 06:35pm

1979 received award and recognition today

James grant dUff Dec 05, 2016 06:38pm

Naming a physics department in a university after a Nobel prize winning Pakistan born scientist needs PM and president's approval? And people saying " Well done"!

Umar Farooq Dec 05, 2016 06:42pm

Well Done PM, at least in this way we can honor him.................

Shahid Dec 05, 2016 06:42pm

This is no more than gimmicky at near the end of 3rd time pmship.

Saima Dec 05, 2016 06:40pm

Finally we are able to recognize the services of a Great Pakistani, irrespective of his faith.

Shahid Dec 05, 2016 06:43pm

@Saima Is Pakistani not sufficient? Why bring in the faith?

Salim Khan Dec 05, 2016 06:47pm

Awesome. Finally we have done the right thing. This was due since many years.

Rashid Dec 05, 2016 06:49pm

This Noble prize winner always wanted to bring his talent to Pakistan but was denied because of the bureaucracy.

Jami Khan Dec 05, 2016 06:50pm

It's about time, isn't it? Very courageous and just decision, Bravo.

Adnan ANWAR Dec 05, 2016 06:54pm

A very nice thing to do. Never too late, I don't care about what religious people say.

Sarai Alamgir Dec 05, 2016 06:53pm

Better late then never.

Optimist Dec 05, 2016 06:56pm

@James grant dUff James you don't know what was going on behind the scene. Just accept that it's a big step forward.

Blue Dec 05, 2016 06:56pm

At last he gets the recognition. He deserves much more than that for what he has done for Pakistan

ajay ladkani Dec 05, 2016 06:55pm

Der aaye durust aaye. Glowing tribute to a great scientist.

Muzaffar Ali Dec 05, 2016 06:58pm

Its a start.

Lets begin acknowledging education and learning.....our teachers and our mothers....our Professors and our students.....our schools and our universities.

Sampath Dec 05, 2016 07:00pm


Muzaffar Ali Dec 05, 2016 06:59pm

Best defense is our Education.

Best security is our Education.

Ahmad Dec 05, 2016 07:03pm

Well A Bold Step Though Few will argue against this In future may be But Bravo! Salam Sahib Deserve recognition as a National HERO!

Ijaz Dec 05, 2016 07:05pm

For far too long Prof. Salam was marginalised due to his Ahmeddiya beliefs. A great injustice has been done to his memory and legacy.

I laud the Prime Minister for finally taking a small step to rehabilitate this giant of Pakistani science

malik Dec 05, 2016 07:09pm

Better Late, Then Never

Sandhu Dec 05, 2016 07:12pm

Something really good from PM

Qamer Dec 05, 2016 07:13pm

When it comes to recognizing people's service to the nation, religion should not be an obstacle in any way and please reward the heroes when they are among us and not when they are gone. Thanks anyway for the courage.

Wajahat Hussain Dec 05, 2016 07:16pm

He was a great man! No doubt about it. We should remember Dr. A Salam as a great scientist.

Mujtaba Dec 05, 2016 07:27pm

Step in right direction!

Mujtaba Dec 05, 2016 07:28pm

@Dr. Khan A step in right direction is never too late. It takes decades to steer the nation in right direction. Don't forget Pakistan has a history of only 69 years.

Ali Dec 05, 2016 07:32pm

The whole administration of ncp must also be replaced as they produced nothing but junk research papers.

SR Khan Dec 05, 2016 07:32pm

Great decision, it is never too late

H. Khan Dec 05, 2016 07:34pm

Wow that was a great decision.

rathorew Dec 05, 2016 07:36pm

Great move! Better late than never.

brar Dec 05, 2016 07:36pm

Bravo at last you are on right track, I will not say justice delayed is justice denied, well done PM Sahib.

Kamal PASHA Dec 05, 2016 07:36pm

Very glad to read this happy news from our PM. But more happy to read all the beautiful comments from the readers. Thank you all.

sultan Ahmed Dec 05, 2016 07:43pm

Delightful proposal,we as nation never forget our historical personalities.

Zeeshan Dec 05, 2016 07:49pm

It seems that the PM is rightfully reversing the ideology of Zia. Small step but a big message.

shabir Dec 05, 2016 07:52pm

Nice step taken by PM

Kazim Reza Dec 05, 2016 07:56pm

Indeed a giant step after decades of negligence but why the renaming episode? Please make it out of controversy what little may be now and name a whole institution or establish theoretical science centre after the great professor Salam?

Science lover Dec 05, 2016 07:56pm

Finally some respect given to the great Dr. Salam

Zubair Khan Dec 05, 2016 07:59pm

Thank You PM NS.

Tahir Chaudhry Dec 05, 2016 08:09pm

Mr. PM excellent decision.

Athar Sherwani Dec 05, 2016 08:11pm

Better late than never!!!

sultan Ahmed Dec 05, 2016 08:15pm

Nations alive,never forget their heroes ,alway remember the heroes like Dr.Abdus salam.

Tariq Laeeq Dec 05, 2016 08:17pm

Next step for the government shall be to get out of the business of determining whether someone is a Muslim or not.

Umair Dec 05, 2016 08:19pm

Looks like to get some popularity before he leaves in panama case. Regardless, its never too late. Kindly stop praising PM as hes got nothing to do with this and get ready for the backlash by the religious clergy.

Sourabh Dec 05, 2016 08:20pm

these are the true heroes of pakistan.

RAK Dec 05, 2016 08:21pm

great News of the day and commendable move by the PM

waheed Dec 05, 2016 08:28pm

@James grant dUff in a federal government run university.

majid malik Dec 05, 2016 08:30pm

Salam published his Nobel paper in 1968 one year after Weinberg had published his paper on the same topic in 1967. Once a paper has been published by somebody there is absolutely no need to publish the same later with your name on it. Otherwise whatever you say becomes meaningless.

Sajjad Hussain Gopang Dec 05, 2016 08:31pm

Tremendous decision. He is our hero, his contributions must be appreciated.

Agha Ata Dec 05, 2016 08:47pm

Too little, too late! But I hope that our mindset is changed towards all members of this community (Or a minority as some would like to call it)

majid malik Dec 05, 2016 08:49pm

Here is the proof that Salam paper was after Weinberg paper

S. Weinberg A model of leptons Phys. Rev. Letts., 19 (1967), pp. 1264–1266

A. Salam Weak and electromagnetic interactions N. Svartholm (Ed.), Elementary Particle Theory: Relativistic Groups and Analyticity, Almqvist and Wiksell, Stockholm (1968), pp. 367–377

Shah Dec 05, 2016 09:03pm

Good Move... although too little too late...

Sarwar, USA. Dec 05, 2016 09:04pm

Rather a university should be named after him.

Philosopher (from KASUR) Dec 05, 2016 09:04pm

@Philosopher (from Japan) I agree!

TQ Dec 05, 2016 09:05pm

Delighted to hear. I wish we had honored him when he was alive.

Hope we learn from our mistakes.

Abbas Syed Dec 05, 2016 09:07pm

PM Nawaz deserve applause and appreciation for taking this bold step to acknowledge the brilliant son of Pakistan for his contribution to science.

This makes Pakistanis very proud.

Hassan Parvez Dec 05, 2016 09:15pm

@Shahid This great man was never recognised even by the scientific society in Pakistan. It was only one of his student Dr. Parvez Hoodbhoy who kept his name alive for the younger generation by writing articles about Dr. Salam's life and his achievements in scientific field.

Nasir Dec 05, 2016 09:16pm

I have to vote for Nawaz Shareef in 2018 due to this.

Sam Dec 05, 2016 09:19pm

He was born in India and has a street named after him. Well done sir!

Sal Dec 05, 2016 09:21pm

@majid malik - Physics is not my field, so my only question is , did he plagiarize? What I understand is publishing a topic is one thing and adding something worthwhile in the similar type of study is another.

Sarwar, USA. Dec 05, 2016 09:22pm

@Nasir ... just for naming a department after Abdul salam...??? Now I know we cannot blame NS rather people.

Rabia Ahmed Dec 05, 2016 09:26pm

Good thing to do, and about time, but 'Order'? Nawaz Sharif 'ordered' this? Are we talking about a king here?

Siva D Dec 05, 2016 09:28pm

Excellent news!

Salam FAN Dec 05, 2016 09:30pm

It is unfortunate to note that it took so long to recognise Professor Salam by his own country. We will remember him always for his contribution on Unified Field Theory.

saeeds Dec 05, 2016 09:34pm

Well done Mr PM . This is the big step againstall expose and hidden opposition

asad Dec 05, 2016 09:46pm

Its never too late. At last something tangible coming from the corridors of power.

Whatacountry Dec 05, 2016 09:53pm

Adversity also brings sanity. But surely some Pakistani advised Nawaz. He may have inquired as to who was this gentleman and why is he so famous!!

Waseem Dec 05, 2016 09:55pm

At last one tiny step in right direction but it is not sufficient. We need a lot more Mr. PM

Nas Dec 05, 2016 09:58pm

Wonderful news !

Dr Asim Shahzad Dec 05, 2016 10:05pm

@James grant dUff This is because the president is the chancellor of the university.

MIAN Dec 05, 2016 10:03pm

Not just the department, please name one university on his name. We dont need disputed political leaders names on everything like airports universities etc.

Babar Khan Dec 05, 2016 10:05pm

The best tribute young folks can give to this great scientist is to follow his example. Focus on understanding the basic sciences, think with an open mind, be tolerant, think rationally, care for all humanity and fight prejudice.

N H RANA Dec 05, 2016 10:05pm

Positive decision, well done.

Jubeir Dec 05, 2016 10:24pm

Better late than never . We need to reverse the wave of fundamentalism gripping our country and learn to rise above petty divide . I have seen an Indian scientist in Boston have a picture of dr Salaam in his house among other scientists and that day my head really went down in shame . He was an inspiration to many and a true national hero that our kids know nothing about.

Saif Dec 05, 2016 10:32pm

PM, you earned my vote.

siddiq pehelwaN Dec 05, 2016 10:57pm

Finally, he got attention he deserves! Now honor his family & his final resting place. Way to go nawaz!!

Haider Dec 05, 2016 11:05pm

Useless exercise. Instead of naming and wasting time lets do real research.

Arshad Jamil Dec 05, 2016 11:15pm

I hope a name change brings some change to this No Good White Elephant of Physics Center. I have visited and talked to some people working at this place, a couple of times. Huge air-conditioned facilities. Not much work being carried out. I did not find any useful work accomplishment except for publishing useless research papers. They said, that they worked on Solar Thermal salts, but I could not find any evidence, to back-up.

Curious Dec 05, 2016 11:22pm

Too late, nevertheless a good gesture from the present dispensation

Ali Dec 05, 2016 11:23pm

As Dr. Abdus Salam was the first Pakistani to receive Nobel Prize in 1979, naming QAU's Physics Department to "Professor Abdus Salam Center for Physics" would be befitting honor. He brought such glory and honor to Pakistan.

Dr. Salam was a patriotic Pakistani, as he proudly wore Pakistani dress when he received the distinguished award. When he established Third World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy, he encouraged and helped Pakistani scientists above everyone else. Such was his extraordinary love for Pakistan.

Skkk Dec 05, 2016 11:25pm

Great step by Nawaz Sharif!

fawad Dec 05, 2016 11:26pm

Nice try to divert attention from Panama Trial but it won't work.

Aadmi Dec 05, 2016 11:29pm

@majid malik The fact that one paper was published after the other is of no consequence and the Nobel Committee knows better than to award the Nobel prize to a plagiarized research - which you seem to insinuate, though not specifically state. At any given time, in all fields many scientists working on cutting-edge topics are working at the same time, independently. They may send their papers for publication and they may get published at different times. The publication of one researcher's paper later than the another's has no bearing on the independence of the former's research.

ee Dec 05, 2016 11:38pm

A good move by nawaz sharif .we as a nation need to value and appreciate the vontribution of all pakistanis regardless of their religion or beliefs. however dont be suprised if ppp get power they eill rename it bilawal centre for physics

Dr. Doctor Dec 05, 2016 11:38pm

Credit where it's due!

ksj Dec 05, 2016 11:43pm

Finally a good decision by Pakistan. . .

ee Dec 05, 2016 11:44pm

@Umar Farooq it reflects where our nation is it is a small step in the right direction. Judging by the comments it must be a ray of hope for minoroties to see that a large section of pakistanis support their right to belive what thy want just the other intolerant lot are louder then us

Shah Alam Dec 05, 2016 11:43pm

This is the least we could and should do to honour this laureate and son of the soil: and we shouldn’t stop here. If we can name our universities as GIK etc. why not acknowledge his contribution in naming an elite university after his name.

asif Dec 05, 2016 11:55pm

Pakistan’s ‘Newton’, Dr Abdus Salam it is a tragedy that he is not recognised in home country

Shahnoor syed Dec 05, 2016 11:57pm

Excellent News! Congratulations to all the admirers of Dr. Abdus Salam Sahab worldwide on recognition of his great services by the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief.

I am pleased to see overwhelming messages of support of this positive move by a number of people especially from Pakistan.

Shahnoor Syed Chicago, USA.

Mujahid Dec 06, 2016 12:03am

It is sad that we have not treated our heroes properly. Better late than never. We need to get out of hatred and give rightful credit to the minorities. Professor Abdus Salam's discovery was so huge that it changed the laws of physics forever. Professor Abdus Salam is the Einstein of our times.

Syed Ali Dec 06, 2016 12:12am

It is about time.

Amir Dec 06, 2016 12:21am

@James grant dUff Yes it does. Finally he is getting some recognition from Govt that should have happened long time ago. It is always better to try to correct something even late then Never Ever.

Usman from Toronto Dec 06, 2016 12:37am

Good job, Pakistan deserve recognition of great work beyond any faith or religion or color

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 06, 2016 12:38am

@Dr Riffat Jabeen One hundred percent in agreement with you. Quite surely, Tasneem Zehra Hussain is one extraordinarily brilliant scientist and does need a recognition and reward to encourage her in her devotion for the country she has decided to serve despite, I am sure there must be a world with open arms to welcome her. Better recognize her in life rather than posthumously.

The_Truth Dec 06, 2016 12:54am

Very good decision . I think Pakistan is looking towards the upliftment of her morale value at International forum. I think this is a good step towards democracy. Next is build schools, colleges with full of modern technologies, Bring professors from TOP universities to teach students here. I really doubt the knowledge of some professors in pak universities.

Gerry D'Cunha Dec 06, 2016 12:54am

Hats off to Nawaz Shareef for honouring the forgotten Prof.Salam who brought honour to Pakistan but downgraded by the Bhutto regime four decades ago.

Fida Dec 06, 2016 12:56am

Waw!NS made himself bigger than he ever was.of late these are getting their QIBLA right

Tariq, Lahore Dec 06, 2016 01:21am

Bravo, it's a good turn around!

wiq phd Dec 06, 2016 01:30am

He is an inspiration for Pakistani scientists - This effort is too little and overdue.

Avtar Dec 06, 2016 01:38am

Directionally correct! I thought the least PM could by his 'order' do was to rename a University or a scientific institute in his honour.

Omair Dec 06, 2016 01:42am

@James grant dUff It is a public University under Federal government so PM is the final signatory. But as some one else mentioned you do not know the complexity of this matter. So I would say well done PM!

SYed Sajid Dec 06, 2016 02:15am

Good job

Kirby Dec 06, 2016 02:25am

Thanks Mr. PM. About time. I live in Washington DC and everyday walk in front of Department of Energy building in which Dr. Salam's name is prominently displayed as a Nobel Laurette. Glad to see his country of birth finally recognizing him.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 06, 2016 02:30am

@majid malik ABOUT 6 HOURS AGO "Salam published his Nobel paper in 1968 one year after Weinberg had published his paper on the same topic in 1967. Once a paper has been published by somebody there is absolutely no need to publish the same later with your name on it. " Weinberg may have published his paper an year earlier, even if on the same subject, which I have no means to verify nor have any understanding of such advanced science, the findings and/ or postulations of the two scientists must have been widely different or else Noble Committee, assumingely, is no pack of fools who missed to notice the obvious that Dr. Abdul Salaam had plagiarized and blundered into acknowledging his genius by awarding Nobel prize-the most coveted honor for any scholar, scientist, researcher, philosopher and artist.

Tony USA Dec 06, 2016 02:31am

Thank you. Mr. PM!

Red Dawn Dec 06, 2016 02:46am

Thank You Mr. Prime Minister.

You are steering the country in the right direction. God bless you.

Red Dawn Dec 06, 2016 02:49am

Another proof PML-N is not a fanatical right wing party like PTI.

Jalil Yousaf Dec 06, 2016 03:21am

Highly appreciated move. We need to correct our past wrongs one by one, its never too late. So proud of you Prime Minister.

Mohammed Khanzada Dec 06, 2016 03:21am

@majid malik Sir you know better than Noble Prize committee !!!!!!

Anwar Dec 06, 2016 03:42am

Step in the right direction....for a change!

Merchant Dec 06, 2016 03:44am

Thank you PM

Raja Farhat abbas Dec 06, 2016 03:59am

@Dr Riffat Jabeen ...Its better late than never.Good move by the PM ,about time.

Jamal Dec 06, 2016 04:22am

Finally. Excellent

Hassan Dec 06, 2016 04:54am

Wonderful decision by prime minister.

techscribe Dec 06, 2016 04:59am

The right thing to do. He is the greatest scientist Pakistan ever produced. The man who came out with the unification theory.

Abdul Muqtadir Dec 06, 2016 05:24am

It's never too late. I appreciate PM Nawaz for right steps. He is provoking that Democracy has its fruits

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 06, 2016 05:40am

Love you Dr Abdul. May you R.I.P dost. Thank you for your contributions and lighting Pakistan's name in the scientific community. Also love to the Ahmadi community.

Javed Arshad Dec 06, 2016 06:11am

We woke up after quarter of century - pretty late - hope some significant steps are taken to take the educational torch lit by Dr. Abdul Salam.

Hassan Dec 06, 2016 06:12am

Took us only 37 years to recognize that. Too little too late.

NAEEM Dec 06, 2016 06:31am

Dr. salam you made Pakistan proud. You dedicated your life to Pakistan. We honor you and may you Rest In Peace

Dildar Dec 06, 2016 06:30am

This the right way to recognize the contributions of this legend towards science

Farooq jawed Dec 06, 2016 06:52am

It's about time. This is a long overdue honour to the most worthy recipient of Pakistan, past or present, to receive it and be acknowledged for his contributions to science.

Ayub Dec 06, 2016 06:59am

Very good decision. It should be appreciated.

Dr. S.Malik Dec 06, 2016 06:59am

It may be late, but well deserving and good act to do. I hope government will also recognize other Pakistani heroes.

sajjad Dec 06, 2016 07:33am

seems this country is moving in the right direction. solute u pm, and promise u my vote in 2018...

Iqbal Dec 06, 2016 07:34am

God bless our PM for the right work done.

chishti Dec 06, 2016 10:27am

Too little too late.........

khaled Dec 06, 2016 01:24pm

Great, that is very good.

Ghulam Sarwar Dec 06, 2016 09:52pm

Thats pathetic, a lip service. If you want to really Honor Dr Abdus Salam, then increase the funding on science and technology research, espacially nuclear and physics, build another state of art centre, intruduce scolarships for gifted science students.