Islamabad, 24 October 2023 (GNP): COMSTECH and Pakistan Vacuum Society (PVS) in collaboration with International Union for Vacuum Science Technique and Applications inaugurated three days international technical training course on “Vacuum Applications in Applied Surface Science” at COMSTECH on Tuesday.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Elmouna, Director General, National Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation, Mauritania, and the chief guest of the inaugural session, said that this course is a demonstration of the dedication and commitment of the COMSTECH and PVS that we witness a wonderful gathering here to explore the fascinating world of vacuum science and technology and its applications in surface science.
Prof. Elmouna said that vacuum science has played a paramount role in advancing the understanding about the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and enabled us to explore the properties of materials at the atomic and molecular levels, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and innovations that have transformed the world.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH, said that the vacuum science and technology has played a central role in the development of science, technology and industry throughout the world.
The applications of vacuum technology, in the modern industrial and R&D world are countless. Prof. Choudhary said that the current & future cutting edge technologies and associated advancement would not be possible without the use of vacuum technology.
He said that the world is driven by the intellectual potential of nations and the difference between have and have not is the knowledge and its applications. Prof. Choudhary said that we are focusing on to take vacuum technology to the different OIC member states. He said COMSTECH is working intensively to enhance S&T cooperation among the OIC nations.
Prof. Dr. John T. Grant, head Applied Surface Science Committee, and the principle trainer of the course said that the goal of this training is to teach fundamentals of vacuum technology and its use because it is very important to understand the fundamentals of technology to develop new products, find solutions and analyze materials.
Mr. Imtiaz Rastgar, Chairman of the board, Rastgar Group, said that there is a dire need to bridge the knowledge gap. He emphasized the need of gaining the ability to make business out of the knowledge. He said the role of vacuum technology is pivotal in the research and development. Mr. Rastgar also informed that some of Pakistani companies are providing equipment to the CERN.
Dr. Javaid A. Bhatti, President, PVS talked about the PVS’s programs, activities and the progress, and the important of the training course, whereas Mr. Traiq Sattar, Coordinator, PVS welcomed the participants of the training course.
Participants from Guyana, Iran, Cameroon, Indonesia, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Northern Cyprus, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Pakistan attended the inaugural session. Two hundred participants from Pakistan and OIC member states attended the event in-person and online.