Public Relations Office,
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Research is a global activity and in order to keep abreast with the latest trends , one important step is arranging conferences at national and international levels which can provide impetus to our mathematicians to do research in all areas of the subject. In this way the innate talent in our mathematicians can be enhanced and the quality in research output can be improved considerably .This was stated by the participants of the three day 17th International Pure Mathematics Conference (IPMC) 2016 concluded here at Islamabad last evening. The Conference was jointly organized by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Higher Education Commission and Preston University in collaboration with Pakistan Mathematical Society, Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Algebra Forum. The event was participated by 77 speakers, 363participants, 9 keynote speakers including 6 foreign mathematicians from Taiwan, India, Qatar, Oman, Thailand and Saudi Arabia who attended the conference an presented their research work. Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq Conference Convener and Vice Chancellor of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan said in the concluding session that Mathematics is playing a significant role in the development of science and technology all over the world and people are benefiting from scientific and technical innovations. It is therefore pertinent at the government level to lay proper and balanced emphasis on the development of mathematics and it is also responsibility of academicians to promote and flourish mathematics in Pakistan. Mathematics, like other sciences, is a collaborated activity. Our universities should ensure that their mathematical enterprise maintain contact with the international mathematical community through various means, like attending conferences/seminars abroad and inviting foreign mathematicians to attend conferences in Pakistan. The primary aim of organizing such an activity is to enhance the understanding of mathematics and to provide opportunity to the working mathematicians to exchange ideas with their colleagues at the national as well as international level. The IPMC is the only forum in the country which is providing a platform on annual basis to mathematicians from Pakistan to interact and share their research contribution with eminent mathematicians from around the world since 2000. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Mathematical Society awards gold medal to an eminent mathematicians every year. This year gold medal was presented to late Prof Dr Mumtaz Hosain Kazi. Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq who is also President of Pakistan Mathematical Society presented gold medal to wife of renowned mathematician during the concluding ceremony. Dr. Mumtaz Hosain Kazi was born on First December, 1938. He received his M.A. from the University of the Punjab in 1958. M.S. from Harvard in 1964 and Ph.D. from Cambridge in 1974. He started teaching at the University of the Punjab in 1958 and served as Chairman, Department of Mathematics for brief period from 1977 to 1978. Later Dr. Kazi joined the Faculty of Science of the University of Petroleum and Minerals at Dahran (Saudi Arabia). He was highly, proficient in various branches of the subject and gave courses on topics which spanned pure as well as applied mathematics. He published in international journals of high standard on topics which include seismology, functional analysis and mathematical statistics.