The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) started in May 2004. It had already been mentioned in the Megaproject for NUST and given its name in it. A preliminary PC-1 had been prepared for it by Drs. M. Rafique and Azad A. Siddiqui of the Basic Sciences Department of the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering. It had then been left pending for implementation much later. However, when Prof. Asghar Qadir of the Department of Mathematics of the Quaid-i-Azam University, who also works as a physicist, took early retirement from his University in March 2004 and became available to take other employment in May 2004, he was appointed as Director of SNS.
Admission to the MPhil leading to PhD was advertised and the PC-1 for the School was prepared and submitted to the Higher Education Commission right away. The PC-1 consisted of three phases: the first just had an MPhil leading to PhD in Mathematics; the second, to start four years later, an MPhil leading to PhD in Theoretical Physics; the third (three years later) to extend into Experimental Physics and to start a 4-year BS programme, in at least Mathematics. The intention was to have 20 students admitted to each of the graduate programmes and 40 for the BS. It took two years before the PC-1 was approved. In the mean time SNS had already got 5 PhD students and awarded an MPhil to one more. A second batch of some 7 students had also been admitted. The second phase was started after 4 years (2 years after the PC-1 had been approved) and the third phase after another 2 years. Prof. Siddiqui took over as Principal SNS in 2011.
Though the School had only one faculty member at the time, Dr. Khalid Saifullah came as visiting faculty from the Quaid-i-Azam Univeersity and Drs. Rafique and Siddiqui. The faculty built up reasonably fast but the growth of the student body was more sporadic (see tables below) and the research issuing from SNS increased rapidly (see graphs in the research section of webpage). Despite the original plan, the Mathematics students admitted for the MPhil/PhD increased to 30. While some Physics faculty was inducted early on, there was no attempt to hire a lot of physicists at that time, the concentration being on Mathematics. With more Physics faculty being inducted from 2011 it was decided to separate the Departments of Mathematics and Physics. Though the same faculty taught and supervised in both departments they were administratively counted in only one. The increase in the faculty strength in Mathematics and Physics at SNS is given in the table below. As such, Mathematics and Physics are shown separately for 2011 and 2012.
Currently SNS offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The School has plans to start international quality programs in the areas of Computational Physics, QCD and Phenomenology in the near future and is actively looking for exceptional researchers working in these areas. The school is equipped with latest and modern laboratories including XRD, GCMS and state-of-the-art computer lab. None of this progress would have occurred were it not for the hard work and enthusiasm of our students and faculty and the support of our alumni of the School. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of these people for the great work they've done on behalf of the School and its students. I hope you'll visit this website periodically to track the school's continued progress, and that you'll send us your thoughts on how we're doing and your suggestions on how we might further improve the school.
SNS organizing various International/National conferences each year in different department where faculty and students have the opportunity to share their knowledge and develop network with researchers from around the globe. In future the frequency of these event will be increased and this will provide frequent opportunity to students and faculty to get acquainted with recent developments in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. SNS has plan to start MS in Statistics in fall semester 2020.
Dr. Rashid Farooq